ATIXA Regional Events

Title IX Coordinator and Administrator Training & Certification Course

January 28th – 31st, 2013

Las Vegas, NV

ATIXA has certified more than 800 Title IX Coordinators and Administrators. Continuing with our new model, ATIXA will be offering its four day Title IX Coordinator training concurrently with a four day comprehensive Title IX Investigator training (also available as a two day introductory course and a two day advanced course). You will be able to draw knowledge from a large pool of expert faculty, as well as network with fellow Title IX coordinators and administrators.

8:30am to 4:30pm Monday, January 28th

8:30am to 6:00pm Tuesday, January 29th

8:30am to 4:30pm Wednesday, January 30th

8:30am to 2pm Thursday, January 31st

Registration for this event is now closed. 

Contact Marianne Price, ATIXA Director of Educational Programs, at marianne@atixa.org for the registration form and information on payment by cheque.

Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 16th, 2013.

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Click here to learn more about the concurrent Title IX Investigator training.

This program has been pre-approved for 20 HRCI credits.

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SEE WHAT YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE SAYING ABOUT ATIXA’S TITLE IX COORDINATOR AND ADMINISTRATOR TRAINING COURSES

EVENT DESCRIPTION

Every college and university in the country is required by the Department of Education to have a campus Title IX Coordinator, and to designate that individual to the  department and the campus community as a contact point for a Title IX communications and grievances.

Do you know who your campus Title IX Coordinator is?

Maybe it is you?

Has your institution designated someone, as required by law?

What are the responsibilities of the coordinator supposed to be on every campus? It’s not just about sexual harassment. It’s broader than athletics. This administrator is responsible for coordination of all your institution’s compliance efforts on gender discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, sexual assault, athletics equity and related
civil rights investigations.

Title IX Coordinators all over the country have reported to ATIXA a lack of clarity on the role, responsibilities and the expectations the Department of Education has for their position. Campus administrators report confusion over whether there is more to the Coordinator role than being a designee for Office for Civil Rights (OCR) communications, who their campus Title IX Coordinator is, and what that person is supposed to do.

To address these questions and the confusion about the responsibilities of a campus Title IX Coordinator, ATIXA has created this four-day training program. After attending this program, Coordinators and other responsible administrators will know chapter and verse on their role and responsibilities, and will receive a Title IX  Coordinator Certification from ATIXA.

INTENDED AUDIENCE

  • Campus Title IX Coordinators
  • Deputy Coordinators
  • Training and Prevention personnel
  • Investigators
  • Human Resources personnel
  • Student Conduct personnel
  • Student Affairs administrators
  • General Counsel and outside attorneys
  • Athletics administrators, Senior Women’s Administrators and compliance administrators
  • Campus law enforcement

HOW IS THIS EVENT DIFFERENT FROM OTHER TITLE IX OR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT TRAININGS YOU MIGHT ATTEND?

  • ATIXA’s training is the ONLY one that touches on ALL areas of Title IX compliance. This 4-day comprehensive course is focused broadly on the role of Title IX Coordinators, Title IX compliance, investigations, athletics equity, and 504 disability compliance.
  • Participants who successfully complete the course will receive Title IX Coordinator Certification from ATIXA.
  • All participants receive a set of 250 PowerPoint slides and 250 pages of supporting materials, including the ATIXA Model Title IX Compliance Policy and Grievance Procedure.
  • This event features a multi-disciplinary, engaging faculty with unmatched expertise, who have been writing, researching, litigating, enforcing, training and working in depth on Title IX for many years.
  • As the leading source for Title IX expertise, ATIXA has now trained and certified more than 800 campus Title IX Coordinators across the country.

WHAT DOES CERTIFICATION MEAN?

Attendees will follow a comprehensive curriculum conveying what every campus Title IX Coordinator needs to know to do that job and do it well. The four days will be intense, practical, and full of case studies and opportunities to apply the skills imparted in the training. You will not only spend four days with trainers who are some of the most knowledgeable experts on the topics, but also who are engaging and dynamic enough to hold your interest, keep you entertained, and take you from theory to practice with compelling case studies and relevant activities that take the content off the page and onto the campus.

You can attend for less than all four days, but to obtain a Title IX Coordinator Certification, you need to attend the whole event. What does this certificate mean? It means that you have tapped into the unparalleled expertise of ATIXA and the other carefully selected experts in the field.

Your trainers are not just topic experts, but practitioners. Members of the faculty for this event have negotiated with OCR on behalf of colleges and universities, conducted investigations, run athletics programs, litigated Title IX cases, served as experts and submitted amici in Title IX cases, trained investigators, and have published extensively on this topic. We know it inside out, and after four days, so will you. This course will place you in the best possible position to respond to and defend institutional competence on discrimination grievances. As this is the only event of its kind, you can’t get this training anywhere else.

PROGRAM

8:30am to 4:30pm Monday, January 28th

8:30am to 6:00pm Tuesday, January 29th

8:30am to 4:30pm Wednesday, January 30th

8:30am to 2pm Thursday, January 31st

MONDAY, JANUARY 28TH

The first part of Day One will offer a review of a host of OCR investigations and case law that must inform our Title IX compliance practices. Liability concepts of actual notice, deliberate indifference, off-campus jurisdiction, and victim’s rights will be explored with a wide-angle lens. Participants will learn how to provide an equitable process with equitable results. Participants will learn about new enforcement initiatives, Dear Colleague Letters, potential upcoming new Title IX Guidance, and the investigations of Notre Dame College and Eastern Michigan University, which have resulted in OCR-labeled “model programs.”

Day One of this course also will offer a comprehensive exploration of the topic of gender discrimination in overview, and the role of the Title IX Coordinator as:

  • Contact for government inquiries
  • Point person for campus complaints
  • Creator and implementer of appropriate policy
  • Assurance of 1st Amendment protections
  • Prevention and remediation of gender discrimination
  • Prevention and remediation of sexual harassment
  • Prevention and remediation of sexual assault
  • Prevention and remediation of stalking
  • Prevention and remediation of intimate partner and relationship violence
  • Prevention and remediation of bullying and cyberbullying
  • Oversight and coordination of prompt and equitable grievance procedures

Did you know that you were legally required to be and do all of these things as Coordinator? How many of you feel well-prepared to deal with all of these issues? There’s more…and Day One will give you the comprehensive perspective.

Is this beginning to sound like a full-time job? For many Coordinators who often have other primary responsibilities, Title IX is just an “add-on responsibility.” This course will give you the knowledge and skills to adequately and thoroughly manage the responsibilities you have been given.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29TH

On Day Two we will continue discussing the role of the Title IX Coordinator….

  • Supervisor of the interaction of Title IX and VII coordinator and inter-relation
  • Supervisor of investigations
  • Compliance auditor
  • Trainer or convener of broad training requirements for employees, boards, investigators and appeals officers
  • Coordinator of the interaction of multiple student and employee grievance processes
  • Section 504 Disabilities Compliance Oversight
  • Oversight of athletics gender equity
  • Assurance of equitable remedies for discrimination
  • Prevention and remediation of retaliation
  • Prevention of recurrence and assurance of compliance with sanctions
  • Interaction with OCR investigations and compliance with consent decrees…

Day Two will also see the faculty drill down on the topics of:

  • stalking
  • relationship violence
  • bullying
  • sexual harassment
  • and sexual assault

And, will cover everything from rights to remedies, including:

  • policy
  • definitions of misconduct
  • retaliation
  • prompt timeframes for resolution
  • evidentiary standards
  • and appeals

The afternoon is Investigations, Part One. When Investigations Training is over, participants will have a clear understanding of how to train investigators, supervise investigations and structure a proficient gender discrimination/civil rights investigation model. The first half of Investigations will focus on how to structure an appropriate civil rights investigation model from a process perspective, answering questions such as:

  • Who should investigate?
  • Should there be more than one investigator?
  • Should the investigator interview witnesses, gather evidence, or do more?
  • What kind of notes should be kept?
  • How is a decision rendered?
  • What happens after the decision?
  • How is notice given to the accused individual?
  • What is the gatekeeping function, and why is it essential?
  • How is investigation different in HR contexts than in student conduct contexts?
  • What is the role of campus law enforcement in civil rights investigations?
  • What is the appropriate standard of proof?
  • Is a hearing necessary?
  • What role does the investigator play in an eventual hearing?
  • How important is the creation of an investigation report?
  • How does this model alter the current student conduct model used
    to address sexual assaults, stalking, intimate partner violence, etc.?
  • How does this model meet due process and/or collective bargaining requirements of procedural fairness?
  • Why does this model work better than other models of resolution?

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30TH

After an afternoon spent on process, the second half of the Investigation Training focuses on practice. The goal is not to train those present to be investigators, but to fulfill your Title IX Coordinator duties of knowing how to oversee investigations, select investigators, and train investigators in a trainer-training modality. Topics will include:

  • Strategizing when to interview parties and witnesses
  • Timeline and timeliness (promptness)
  • Sequestering witnesses
  • Interview skills
  • Evidence collection, custody and issues of concurrent criminal action
  • Evaluation of evidence
  • Note-taking, recordkeeping and report writing
  • How to make a finding
  • Witness lists and flowcharts
  • Keeping policy and procedure copies
  • Confidentiality (privacy) of process
  • Due process for all parties
  • Appeals
  • Equity by and through the process
  • Focus on remedies
  • Assessing relevance and credibility
  • Investigation records as smoking guns in litigation
  • Deliberate indifference
  • Actual v. constructive notice
  • Preponderance standard
  • Informal and formal resolution options
  • Retaliation

Day Three will also include time for discussion on any course items not covered previously in detail and additional Q & A time.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31ST

Day Four.  The final day will allow participants to explore the remaining area of Coordinator skills, Section 504, athletics equity and various legal and associational expectations for equity in athletic programs.

The first half of the morning of Day Four will address compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (while campuses can designate more than one Coordinator, Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator roles are expected to be — and are — combined on most campuses).

While actual day-to-day compliance is usually delegated to the athletics department, we have seen repeatedly that oversight, preventive training and education are essential for those programs that appear to value winning over compliance. The second half of the morning of Day Four will be spent updating participants on a number of recent cases on phasing in and out of men’s and women’s teams, cheerleading as a sport holdings, cases involving athletics-based discrimination and retaliation.

The seminar will conclude with a working lunch to address any unresolved questions. Ample questioning opportunities will be provided. If time permits, an investigation case study during lunch will give participants hands-on questioning and finding skill challenges. Comprehensive investigation training materials and a written model civil rights investigation process will be shared with all participants.

FACULTY

W. Scott Lewis, J.D. is a partner with the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management and served as the Assistant Vice Provost at the University of South Carolina. Scott brings over fifteen years of experience as a student affairs administrator, faculty member, and consultant in higher education. He is a frequent keynote and plenary speaker, nationally recognized for his work on behavioral intervention for students in crisis and distress. He is noted as well for his work in the area of classroom management and dealing with disruptive students. He presents regularly throughout the country, assisting colleges and universities with legal, judicial, and risk management issues, as well as policy development and implementation. He serves as an author and editor in a number of areas including legal issues in higher education, campus safety and student development, campus conduct board training, and other higher education issues. He is a member of NASPA, ACPA, CAI, SCCPA, and served as a past President of ASCA. He did his undergraduate work in Psychology and his graduate work in Higher Education Administration at Texas A&M University and received his Law degree and mediation training from the University of Houston.

Saundra K. Schuster, J.D. is a partner with the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management. She was formerly General Counsel for Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, and Senior Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio in the Higher Education Section. Saunie is a recognized expert in preventive law for education, notably in the fields of Sexual Misconduct, First Amendment, Risk Management, Student Discipline, Campus Conduct, Intellectual Property and Employment Issues. Prior to practicing law, Saunie served as the Associate Dean of Students at The Ohio State University. Saunie has more than twenty-five years of experience in college administration and teaching. She frequently presents nationally on legal issues in higher education. Saunie holds Masters degrees in counseling and higher education administration from Miami University, completed her coursework for her Ph.D. at Ohio State University, and was awarded her juris doctorate degree from the Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University. She is the current president of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (www.nabita.org).

Brett A. Sokolow, J.D. is a higher education attorney who specializes in high-risk campus health and safety issues. He is recognized as a national leader on campus sexual violence prevention, response and remediation. He is the founder and managing partner of the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (NCHERM), which serves as legal counsel to thirty colleges and universities.  Brett is also the Executive Director of ATIXA.  He frequently serves as an expert witness on sexual assault and harassment cases, and he has authored twelve books and more than 50 articles on campus safety and sexual assault. He has consulted with more than 2,200 college campuses. He has provided strategic prevention programs to students at more than 2,000 college and university campuses on sexual misconduct and alcohol. He has authored the conduct codes of more than seventy colleges and universities. The NCHERM Model Sexual Misconduct policy serves as the basis for policies at hundreds of colleges and universities across the country. NCHERM has trained the members of more than 700 conduct hearing boards at colleges and universities in North America. He serves as the Executive Director of NaBITA, the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (www.nabita.org), and is a Directorate Body member of the ACPA Commission on Student Conduct and Legal Issues. He is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and the Villanova University School of Law.

Daniel Swinton, J.D., Ed.D. is currently the vice president of the NCHERM Group, the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Dean and Director of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity at Vanderbilt University. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, his law degree (J.D.) from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU, and a doctorate (Ed.D.) in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. He is a member of the Tennessee State Bar. He has presented nationally on issues such as sexual misconduct on college campuses, legal issues in student affairs and higher education, student conduct policies and procedures, mediation and behavioral intervention teams. Daniel has also served as president of the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) in 2010‐2011.

REGISTRATION COSTS

$2500.00 per person registration fee includes attendance for four days, extensive training materials, and certification. Continental breakfast each morning and afternoon snacks each afternoon will be provided. All other meals, lodging and transportation costs will be paid by the participants.

Combo registration and new ATIXA individual charter membership costs $2625.00.

Registration for this event is now closed. 

Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 16th, 2013.

ATIXA MEMBERSHIP

ATIXA members receive 15% off all events, bringing the training registration cost to $2125.00 per person. More details on ATIXA membership can be found here.

LOGISTICS

Conference Site Location and Lodging

The seminar will be held at the Ravella at Lake Las Vegas (1610 Lake Las Vegas Parkway, Henderson, NV 89011, 702-567-4700).

ATIXA has blocked off guest rooms at a rate of $159.00 per night, plus taxes and fees. The group rate has been graciously extended until January 13th, 2013. Room block rates cannot be guaranteed after this date.

Online Reservations

To make reservations by phone, please call 1-888-810-0440 and reference the ‘ATIXA Title IX Coordinator & Investigator’ event.

Complimentary self-parking is available for all ATIXA attendees. Complimentary shuttle service to and from the Las Vegas Strip via the Hotel Shuttle Travel Schedule will also be available.

Transportation

McCarran International Airport (LAS)

The Ravella offers a shuttle from LAS to the hotel at $30 each way per guest room. You must call to make reservations prior to your arrival. For more information on the hotel transportation options, please click here.

Cost for a taxi from the airport to the Ravella ranges from $50-$65. For more information on transportation options to and from the Las Vegas airport, please click here.

Meals

ATIXA will provide continental breakfast and an afternoon snack break during each day. Other meals are on your own.

REGISTRATION

Registration for this event is now closed.

Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 16th, 2013.

Please contact Marianne Price at marianne@atixa.org or 610-644-7858 with questions or to receive the Las Vegas registration form.

Registration fees apply to all attendees, including retainer clients.

REFUND POLICY

ATIXA understands that circumstances change and events may arise that prohibit your ability to attend an event after you have registered. ATIXA will allow another individual from your institution to attend in your place OR you may attend a future event with an equivalent registration rate. If you do not wish to send someone in your place or attend a future training event, your registration will only be refunded based on the schedule below.

Registration cancellation by November 26, 2012 = 50% refund

Registration cancellation by December 10, 2012 = 25% refund

Registration cancellation after December 21, 2012 = no refunds

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