SPOO or Not SPOO? That is the Question! A New ATIXA Webinar

SPOO OR NOT SPOO? THAT IS THE QUESTION.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2020 | 3:00PM-4:30PM ET

This webinar is complimentary for Super & Premium Members

  • Super & Premium Members log in to your R3 Inclusion Page to Register – HERE
  • All other members and the field, – Register HERE

Hosted by: Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., ATIXA President and Ryan Thompson, J.D., TNG Affiliated Consultant 

ATIXA has been hearing from members about the difficulty of assessing the SPOO (severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive) standard under the 2020 Title IX Regulations. We hear you and are responding with a new webinar resource to assist you. During this 90-minute event, ATIXA’s expert team will offer you ten quick case studies to vote on. SPOO or NOT SPOO? We’ll discuss each case with participants, hear a variety of perspectives, and try to develop a member consensus on what this standard means and how it should be applied. We’ll also be soliciting participant case studies to expand and deepen the dialogue on SPOO. Whose case study will win the SPOO Award for the case with the most difficult SPOO determination? Along with the case studies, this webinar will feature discussion of:

What makes something severe, and why?
How is pervasiveness assessed?
Objective offense – how much is that a community standard, and how much do identity politics influence the reasonable personal perspective on what’s offensive?
How do we know what’s offensive to other people in whose shoes we don’t stand?
How much of the SPOO analysis is up to a community standard?
What elements of the sexual harassment definition are subjective, and which are objective? What’s the difference?
What does it mean that something could be SPOO, if proven, and what effect does that standard have?
Timing. When do we know whether it could be SPOO or not?
When not to apply SPOO.
How to manage SPOO-based dismissals.

Who should attend?
Title IX Staff
Coordinators
Deputy Coordinators
Investigators
Hearing/Process Advisors
Hearing Facilitators
Hearing Chairs
Decision-Makers
Appeals Officers
K-12 principals
Superintendents

Virtual Hearing Best Practices – Tips from Practioners Webinar

You ask, we deliver! ATIXA is pleased to announce that registration is now open for a new webinar: Virtual Hearing Best Practices – Tips from Practitioners Webinar. Join three Title IX Coordinators Elizabeth Trayner, Ed. D., Melissa Nichols and Emily C. Babb who are long-time ATIXA members as they present a webinar on the best practices they have learned from conducting dozens of online virtual Title IX hearings. Hosted by Michael Henry, J.D., TNG Partner. This webinar is complimentary for Super & Premium Members and has also been added as bonus content to the R3 Hearing Officer Package.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
3:00PM-4:30PM ET

  • Super & Premium Members log in to your R3 Inclusion Page to register and receive the Zoom Link – HERE.
  • Hearing Officer Package purchasers, log in to your Digital Library HERE where you will find a file with the link to register for the Zoom link.
  • All others, register HERE for the live event. Group rates available for five or more attendees. Contact events@ATIXA.org.
  • Can’t attend live? Purchase the recording of the webinar HERE. Please note, the recording will be available by October 31st, 2020 in your Digital Library for purchasers and the Hearing Officer Package and on the RMembership Inclusion Page for Super and Premium Members.

Topics Include:

  • Various technology platform advantages and disadvantages
  • How to work with parties who do not have a private space to testify remotely
  • How to assist parties who do not have access to a device needed for testimony
  • Interpretation and disability accommodations in online hearings
  • Being trauma-informed in a virtual world
  • How to arrange for advisor participation virtually
  • How to address one party being present in person, and one party being remote
  • Managing multi-party hearings
  • How many virtual “rooms” do you need?
  • How to minimize party interaction through the platform
  • Recording best practices
  • Arranging for materials dissemination prior to and during the hearing
  • And more… 

Who should attend?

  • Title IX Staff
    • Coordinators
    • Deputy Coordinators
    • Investigators
  • Hearing/Process Advisors
  • Hearing Facilitators
  • Hearing Chairs
  • Decision-Makers
  • Appeals Officers
  • K-12 principals
  • Superintendents

ATIXA Position Statement: Compliance with the 2020 Title IX Regulations Will Require a Formalized and Expanded Title IX Team

In the past decade, full-time Title IX Coordinators and Title IX offices have become more common for schools, colleges, and universities. Having pools of Title IX-trained personnel has even grown in popularity, both within and across organizations. With the 2020 Title IX regulations, the formation and operation of Title IX teams has become a necessity for recipients to achieve compliance.

Although ATIXA usually directs its position statements to Title IX personnel, this statement is directed to senior-level campus, school, and district leaders. It is vital for you to understand the complexity and challenges ahead under Title IX.

As a foundation, recall that compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is mandatory for all recipients of federal financial assistance, and that a failure to comply can result in investigation and accountability from Offices for Civil Rights within government agencies and costly lawsuits, in addition to negative publicity and reputational damage.

Read the Position Statement HERE.

ATIXA Releases Title IX Administrator’s Guide to Managing Attorney Advisors in the Sexual Harassment Grievance Process

ATIXA is pleased to release another members-only resource, The Title IX Administrator’s Guide to Managing Attorney Advisors in the Sexual Harassment Grievance Process. The New Title IX Regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on May 6, 2020, have doubled down on the right to an advisor of one’s choice for both complainants and respondents, extending the right to an advisor who may be an attorney in two significant ways. Although administrators in higher education have largely become accustomed to the presence of attorney advisors in their resolution processes, this may be new territory for some elementary and secondary schools. Fear not, we are here to help recipients manage this process smoothly.

  • This resource is included for Super, Premium, Institutional, and Individual Members-only. To access, please log in to your R3 Member Inclusion Page HERE.
  • All others can gain access by purchasing the Hearing Officer Package, HERE.
  • If you have already purchased the Hearing Officer Package, this resource is now accessible in your “Digital Library.” Log in HERE.