Announcing 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
Today, we learned that OCR has rescinded the April 4th, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter and the 2014 Q&A on Title IX and Sexual Violence.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.
Click here to read the full guide.
Brett A. Sokolow, Esq., Pens Op-Ed on How He Sees Title IX Today
“I run The NCHERM Group (The National Center for Higher Education Risk Management). We function at the epicenter of the campus sexual misconduct zeitgeist. I try, and inevitably fail, to keep up with the constant media coverage and rhetoric surrounding campus sexual misconduct, but none of the commentators describes it the way I would.”
To read the full op-ed, click here.
ATIXA Catalog: 2017 Edition Now Available
The Internet’s Free, Comprehensive Clearinghouse for All Things Title IX
TitleIX.com is the Internet’s primary clearinghouse for information on Title IX, the federal law requiring gender equity in publicly-funded educational programs.
TitleIX.com is the destination for students, administrators, advocates, parents, organizations, attorneys, and all those who seek and contribute to Title IX knowledge.
Gender and sex equity is an inherent good in our society, and those seeking to advance sex and gender equity need good quality tools and resources. TitleIX.com culls and organizes the content you need in user-friendly, free, and accessible format, including mobile access on-the-go.
Curated research is available on topics such as sexual harassment, sexual violence, pregnancy and parenting, athletics, news and events, as well as frequently asked questions. Visitors may also submit their questions for review. Organizations doing work related to Title IX are listed. Attorneys seeking referrals can submit their information to TitleIX.com.
The NCHERM Group and Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) have underwritten the development of TitleIX.com as a free resource and hope that you will find it to be an invaluable tool and resource.
Click here to read the official press release.
Title IX Today is a FREE daily digest!
ATIXA is pleased to introduce the newly relaunched Title IX Today! Title IX Today has shifted from a subscription-based monthly newsletter to a FREE daily news feed. ATIXA has scanned the top stories and is now delivering a free, daily dose of Title IX and ATIXA news directly to your inbox, conveniently classified into K-12, Higher Education, and General Interest categories.
Title IX Today is a practical, quick read, to keep you up to speed, and ATIXA will make sure to keep you updated on membership, resources, services, and training opportunities available.
Sign up to stay up-to-date on the most current Title IX, ATIXA, and sexual misconduct-related news each day at https://titleix.today/.
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.
Click here to read the official press release.
New ATIXA Certification Training Events
Click here to learn more about Certification Training Events available from ATIXA.
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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.