ATIXA Releases Position Statement on Consideration of Pattern Evidence in Campus Sexual Misconduct Allegations
ATIXA issues this position statement to provide guidance to our members on the consideration of pattern evidence in sexual misconduct investigations and resolutions. Contradictory research, recent court opinions, and common questions regarding the existence and admission of pattern evidence suggest a need for clearer guidance for the field.
ATIXA Releases Position Statement on the Free Speech Rights of Individuals Involved in Sexual Misconduct Proceedings
ATIXA issues this position statement to express its significant concerns regarding the inappropriate practice by colleges and universities of either explicitly or implicitly silencing parties – and their advisors – involved in campus sexual misconduct proceedings. Through our leadership in the field, we have witnessed a continued use of gag orders and related policy provisions that seek to silence these individuals. This practice is troubling because it fails to respect the free speech rights of the parties and their advisors and runs contrary to regulations and guidance put forth by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Now Available: 20 Minutes to…Trained
You’ve come to rely on ATIXA for Title IX training and certification, but what about your requirement to train your hearing panels, administrators, and appeals officers? ATIXA has heard your requests, and now offers a web-based video training series to meet your training needs. 20 Minutes to…Trained is designed to meet (and exceed!) all hearing-related training requirements for Title IX and VAWA Section 304.
20 Minutes to…Trained is a series of thirteen video segments that all average 20 minutes in length, give or take. This gives you the ability to plan modular trainings based on the topics you want to prioritize, or to allow trainees to take all thirteen topics over time, but in bite-size chucks of easily attained and retained information.
By popular demand, ATIXA has released one-minute preview clips of each of the thirteen 20 Minutes to…Trained modules. Feel free to stream the clips here to get a feel for the format, style, and content of this series.
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The 2018 ATIXA Whitepaper: The ATIXA Guide to Sanctioning Student Sexual Misconduct Violations
ATIXA has released the 2018 Whitepaper, The ATIXA Guide to Sanctioning Student Sexual Misconduct Violations.
This guide offers ATIXA’s best thinking on sanctioning for the range of offenses covered by Title IX and VAWA §304. While sanctioning is ultimately the province of each school or college, guidelines and sanctioning ranges like those offered in this guide can help schools and colleges to benchmark their sanctions against the field, better understand industry standards for sanctioning, and ensure that consistency and proportionality guide sanction decision-making.
ATIXA Releases Position Statement on the Proposed Legislation Entitled: Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity Through Education Reform (PROSPER) ACT (Higher Education Reauthorization)
ATIXA issues this position statement to express its concerns regarding certain legislative proposals to the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001 et. seq.) contained within the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform Act, introduced in the House of Representatives on Friday, December 1, 2017. While the bill’s breadth is significant, ATIXA focuses on language that impacts sexual misconduct and other Title IX-related issues in the higher education arena.
ATIXA Vice President, Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D., Invited to Provide Testimony Before the Congressional Bipartisan Task Force to Prevent Sexual Violence
ATIXA welcomes the opportunity to be your voice at the table and thanks Daniel for representing our field.
Pennsylvania Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, Welcomes ATIXA/SCOPE 2017 Joint National Conference Attendees to Philadelphia
ATIXA Statement on the Rescission of Previous Title IX Guidance and Issuance of Interim Guidance
OCR has rescinded the April 4th, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter and the 2014 Q&A on Title IX and Sexual Violence. OCR guidance on Title IX to higher education and preK-12 since 2011 has been both a blessing and a curse, with many benefits, some confusion, and a few unintended consequences. Most importantly, OCR focused colleges’ attention on the critical issue of sexual violence, and the importance of implementing clear and equitable policies and grievance procedures. Regardless of what happens with OCR guidance, it is clear that this focus is not going away. Advocacy groups, activists, and the media will keep the pressure on to ensure that there is no tolerance for mishandling allegations of sexual violence, and that colleges do not roll back protections. The pre-2011 days are, indeed, gone for good.
Click here to read the full statement from ATIXA.
Click here to read the Detailed, Annotated Summary of OCR’s “Q&A on Campus Sexual Misconduct” from ATIXA.
ATIXA Guide to Choosing Between Preponderance of the Evidence v. Clear and Convincing Evidence
A debate is raging about what standard of proof colleges should apply to determine whether a violation of campus sexual misconduct policy has occurred. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has long-contended, and courts have consistently affirmed, that the appropriate standard is preponderance of the evidence (POTE). Now, OCR has walked back previous guidance and colleges have more liberty to set their own standards. OCR interim guidance issued September 22nd, 2017, indicates that a school can use either POTE or clear and convincing evidence (C&C) as long as the standard used is consistent across all student misconduct cases. Will your college continue to use POTE or raise the standard to C&C? That may be determined by the standard used for other misconduct under your code of student conduct, but let’s pit POTE against C&C with a wide range of arguments to help you choose which standard to use.
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ATIXA Catalog: 2017 Edition Now Available
ATIXA’s 2018 Certification Courses are Pre-Approved for Human Resources Professionals’ Needs
HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) has pre-approved ATIXA’s certification courses for General HR recertification credit hours. HR professionals requiring recertification credit hours will receive the activity ID upon completion of the event.
The use of the seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that these programs have met the HR Certification Institute’s guidelines to be pre-approved for recertification credit.
Register today to take advantage of this opportunity for continued professional growth and development.
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New ATIXA Certification Training Events
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ATIXA provides a professional association for school and college Title IX Coordinators and administrators who are interested in serving their districts and campuses more effectively. Since 1972, Title IX has proved to be an increasingly powerful leveling tool, helping to advance gender equity in schools and colleges.
Title IX’s benefits can be found in promoting equity in academic and athletics programs, preventing hostile environments on the basis of sex, prohibiting sexual harassment and sexual violence, protecting from retaliation and remedying the effects of other gender-based forms of discrimination.
Every school district and college in the United States is required to have a Title IX Coordinator who oversees implementation, training and compliance with Title IX. ATIXA brings campus and district Title IX Coordinators and administrators into professional collaboration to explore best practices, share resources and advance the worthy goal of gender equity in education.