Godmother of Title IX and ATIXA Emeritus Advisory Board Member, Dr. Bernice “Bunny” Sandler passes away at 90
ATIXA Leadership are saddened to share news of the passing of Bernice Sandler last weekend. She was completely true to her principles. She was so enchanted with ATIXA’s mission that she agreed to serve on the Board, and she generously donated volumes of her models, policies, and templates to help ATIXA build out our member library when we did not have the resources to pay for them. Bunny was actually the mother of the Title IX Coordinator idea and role. It was her suggestion to add the role to the original regulations. We have an association and many of you hold your positions because of Bunny’s brilliance and foresight.
Dr. Sandler is survived by her daughters, Deborah Sandler and Emily Sanders, and three grandchildren. The family plans to hold a memorial celebration in Washington, D.C., later this year. Contributions in memory of Dr. Sandler may be sent to the National Women’s Law Center, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, or the American Civil Liberties Union.
Ms. Magazine featured a more detailed tribute authored collectively by Bunny’s family and friends.
ATIXA Releases Position Statement on Equitable Appeals Best Practices
In light of the Office for Civil Rights’ 2017 interim guidance document and the leaked draft Title IX regulations, ATIXA issues this position statement supporting equitable appeal rights for the parties to campus and school sexual misconduct resolutions and other allegations of discrimination.
ATIXA Releases Position Statement on Cross-Examining the Urge to Transform College Conduct Proceedings Into Courtrooms
ATIXA issues this position statement to encourage these courts to reassess their due process demands, and to similarly encourage other courts to avoid sliding down a slippery slope that will turn college hearings into quasi-criminal courts. Requiring direct, live cross-examination is antithetical to the administrative and educational nature of college disciplinary proceedings. It is also unnecessary and of unknown efficacy. While the Sixth Circuit has referenced the Wigmore quote that “cross-examination is beyond any doubt the greatest legal engine ever invented for the discovery of truth,” Wigmore made this pronouncement in reference to the 6thAmendment right to confrontation in criminal proceedings, not in the context of campus disciplinary proceedings.
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.
Read the full press release here.
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’s 2019 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.