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Civil Rights Investigator Training & Certification

Level One – Two Days
Level Two – Two Days
Level Three – Two Days
Level Four – Two Days

What makes earning certification with ATIXA unique?

There are a lot of courses out there, and many will teach you compliance. We do more than that, preparing you for the compliance challenges of tomorrow, not just today. We speak OCR fluently. Our certifications are regularly updated to stay fresh, and are developed and presented by the foremost leaders of the field. Our constant refinement of the courses enables us to carefully define and hone best practices to ensure that our attendees fully understand how to get Title IX right. 

Our certifications are taught by faculty who are nationally-recognized experts and field-leading practitioners who guide participants though an unparalleled professional development experience across fourteen different courses. Using case studies, Q&A and illustrative stories, ATIXA trainings are never dull.

Because of our deep involvement in litigation and OCR complaints, ATIXA trainings are designed to empower risk management for your school or college. Through our unmatched understanding of the legal landscape, our team is best positioned to help attendees provide a fair, impartial and equitable resolution of discrimination allegations that will reduce the risk of an OCR complaint or lawsuit by either party. Our goal is to help you ensure their rights, maximize your compliance, and respect the equal dignity of all participants in your process.

Level One – Two Days

Description of the Course
Who Should Attend
Prerequisites
How is this different from other Certification courses from ATIXA?
What does my certification mean?

Description of Course

This course provides foundational knowledge and skills for civil rights investigators, deputies and Title IX Coordinators/Administrators who perform and/or oversee campus investigations. The primary focus is mastering investigation of campus sexual misconduct and sexual harassment.

Level One is our most basic training offering for civil rights investigators, deputies and Title IX Coordinators looking to acquire the fundamental skills necessary to conduct investigations of sexual misconduct in schools and colleges.  This training meets the required training mandates of Title IX and VAWA Section 304 for participants, whether you are a full-time investigator or have investigation responsibilities on top of other duties.  No one likes to think of themselves as needing basic training, but we generally find that our registrants self-select into trainings that are a level too high for their current understanding.  Good practice rests on solid foundations, and you need those fundamental elements.  Attend this training if you are either an inexperienced investigator, have not been trained before, or want to solidify your fundamentals.  You’ll walk away from this training with an understanding of the legal underpinnings of Title IX and VAWA Section 304, as well as useful templates, practical rubrics and the key tools of the professional civil rights investigator.  ATIXA expects that professional investigators will attend 2-3 of our two-day courses over time to achieve full competence.

In this course you will learn:

  • Legal Basis for Title IX Liability
  • Intersection of Title VII and Title IX in Investigations
  • Due Process Myopia as a Legacy of Dixon vs. Alabama
  • Title IX Era — Equity By and Through the Process
  • Overview of The Civil Rights Investigation and Grievance Model – 10 Steps
  • Title IX Coordinator Oversight
  • Standard of Proof
  • The Force, Capacity, Consent Construct
  • Basic Interview Skills

Click here for a Sample Course Agenda.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for those working directly with Title IX Investigations and Sexual Misconduct Grievances. Specifically those working in this capacity in the following fields:

  • 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
  • AA/EEO/Diversity personnel

No one likes to think of themselves as needing basic training, but we generally find that our registrants self-select into trainings that are a level too high for their current understanding. Attend this training if you are either an inexperienced investigator, have not been trained before, or want to solidify your fundamentals. ATIXA expects that professional investigators will attend 2-3 of our two-day investigator courses over time to achieve full competence.

Prerequisites: None

Upcoming Training Locations

September 27th & 28th, 2018
Jacksonville, FL
Hosted by Jacksonville University
Faculty: W. Scott Lewis, J.D.

October 8th & 9th, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

November 15th & 16th, 2018
Temecula, CA
Hosted by Mt. San Jacinto College
Faculty: Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D.

January 22nd & 23rd, 2019
Orlando, FL

February 27th & 28th, 2019
Boiling Springs, NC
Hosted by Gardner-Webb University
Faculty: Saunie Schuster

How is this different from our other levels of training?

This course provides basic skills and knowledge requisite to performing Title IX investigations for both full-time and part-time investigators. It also meets the required training mandates of Title IX and VAWA Section 304. Subsequent trainings provide deeper insight into investigation of stalking, intimate partner violence, complex investigation management, report writing, analysis and decision-making.

 What does my Certification mean?

To obtain a Title IX Investigator Certification, you will 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.

Once the course is completed, you will receive your certification from ATIXA. Certificates for this training event will be provided to you electronically via our Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) program system. A member of our team will be in contact with you via email with instructions on accepting your certification credits in the 7-10 business days following the completion of this course. Learn more about our new program here.

Now you can stay up-to-date! We are excited to announce our online professional development platform called the Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) program. Our CCC program allows clients of The NCHERM Group, including those certified by ATIXA, to track, maintain and extend their professional development through our programs.

PLEASE NOTE: Certification refers to attendance at a qualifying event; The NCHERM Group cannot speak to individual attendees’ knowledge, expertise, or command of the material.

Level Two – Two Days

Description of the Course
Who Should Attend
Prerequisites
How is this different from other Certification courses from ATIXA?
What does my certification mean?

Description of Course

Level Two investigator training is an intermediate level of training that builds on your skill set with more nuanced questioning techniques, a strong focus on questioning, record keeping and note-taking, managing complex investigations, and a topical exploration that broadens beyond the sexual misconduct focus of Level One. This training builds strong skills with frequent exercises and case studies that allow for high levels of interaction, analysis and the application of various civil rights investigation techniques.

Level Two training in an intermediate level of training for those who have some experience as investigators, or who have taken the ATIXA Level One training, previously. This training meets the required training mandates of Title IX and VAWA Section 304 for participants, whether you are a full-time investigator or have investigation responsibilities on top of other duties. In this training, you’ll build on your skill set with more nuanced questioning techniques, a strong focus on record keeping and note-taking, managing complex investigations, and a topical exploration that broadens beyond the sexual misconduct focus of Level One, as the skills of investigating sexual harassment, stalking, and intimate partner (domestic and dating violence) violence are learned. Trauma-informed interviews and addressing pattern/predatory behavior are special topics of focus for this training.  There will be a legal update on any new mandates that are timely, but this training is not as law-focused as the Level One training.  This training builds strong skills with frequent exercises on questioning, an emphasis on analysis by investigators, and case studies which allow for high levels of interaction and the application of various civil rights investigation techniques.

In this course, you will learn:

  • Investigation Process Overview
  • Components of an Investigation
  • Investigation Strategies
  • Elements of Investigation Reports
  • Basic Understanding of Evidence
  • Basic Understanding of Credibility
  • Basic Understanding of Sanctions
  • Case Studies

Click here for a Sample Course Agenda.

Who Should Attend?

These courses are designed for seasoned professionals, with a basic understanding of Title IX, the Investigations process and its oversight,  in the following fields:

  • Title IX Administration
  • Training and Prevention
  • Investigations
  • Human Resources
  • Student Conduct
  • Student Affairs
  • General Counsel/Law
  • Compliance
  • Law Enforcement

Prerequisites

Level Two training is an intermediate level of training for those who have a detailed understanding of Title IX and a moderate level of investigative experience, or for who have completed ATIXA Level One investigation training.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

October 12th-14th, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

October 22nd & 23rd, 2018
Seattle, WA
Hosted by Seattle Colleges
Faculty: Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D.

January 24th & 25th, 2019
Orlando, FL

March 6th & 7th, 2019
Mahwah, NJ
Hosted by Ramapo College
Faculty: Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D.

May 22nd & 23rd, 2019
Milton, MA
Hosted by Curry College
Faculty: Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D.

July 18th & 19th, 2019
Atlantic City, NJ
Hosted by Stockton University
Faculty: Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D.

How is this different from our other certifications? 

This training is more hands-on, practice and application-based than the Level One training. Participants are expected to already have a working understanding of Title IX, equity and investigation requirements – gained through Level One or on-the-job experience. Case studies and exercises focus on investigating sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner (domestic and dating violence) violence, including trauma-informed interviews and addressing pattern/predatory behavior.

What does my Certification mean?

To obtain a Title IX Investigator Certification, you will 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.

Once the course is completed, you will receive your certification from ATIXA. Certificates for this training event will be provided to you electronically via our Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) program system. A member of our team will be in contact with you via email with instructions on accepting your certification credits in the 7-10 business days following the completion of this course. Learn more about our new program here.

Now you can stay up-to-date! We are excited to announce our online professional development platform called the Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) program. Our CCC program allows clients of The NCHERM Group, including those certified by ATIXA, to track, maintain and extend their professional development through our programs.

PLEASE NOTE: Certification refers to attendance at a qualifying event; The NCHERM Group cannot speak to individual attendees’ knowledge, expertise, or command of the material.

Level Three – Two Days

Description of the Course
Course Types
Who Should Attend
Prerequisites
How is this different from other Certification courses from ATIXA?
What does my certification mean?

Description of Course

Level Three is our most advanced training. This training is clinical in nature, focusing on your ability to deploy advanced civil rights investigation techniques with the comfort and excellence of a skilled professional.  Working in teams and groups, investigators will hone all of the key techniques of investigation by working with difficult witnesses, lawyers, and cases with hidden smoking guns.

If you have not attended our Level Two training, this training may be a stretch for you, unless you are a very seasoned investigator already.  This training meets the required training mandates of Title IX and VAWA Section 304 for participants, whether you are a full-time investigator or have investigation responsibilities on top of other duties. This training is clinical in nature, focusing on your ability to deploy advanced civil rights investigation techniques with the comfort and excellence of a skilled professional.  Working in teams and groups, investigators will hone all of the key techniques of investigation by working with difficult witnesses, lawyers, and cases with hidden smoking guns.  PLEASE BE AWARE:  The instructors for this course do not entertain basic, structural or foundational questions, because it is assumed that participants will already have those skill sets in hand. Instructors will not let someone hold the group back, and will ask you to pose such questions during breaks or post-training.

Course Types

Level Three A: Sexual Violence

Fully process and resolve a sexual violence complaint, processed from start to finish, with expert guidance and feedback from the presenter along the way, and an opportunity for the group to debrief their findings and process together at the end of the day.  You’ll have the chance to strongly expand the strategic investigation mindset, and the know-how to operationalize an investigation that will stand up to scrutiny by the courts and OCR. Gang-rapes, sensitive cases involving high-profile athletes, cases of BDSM, counter-complaints, victims who are living with their abusers, lurkers/stalking dynamics and retaliation cases will challenge participants on how to investigate at the highest level of fact-finding proficiency.

Level Three B: Sexual Harassment

Fully process and resolve a sexual harassment complaint, processed from start to finish, with expert guidance and feedback from the presenter along the way, and an opportunity for the group to debrief their findings and process together at the end of the day.  This training will have participants model the entire process of resolution in a clinical setting with feedback from the presenters and audience. The team(s) will conduct interviews, gather evidence, assess and analyze and recommend a finding.  The training is based on a fully scripted case study where multiple individuals will play roles as intake personnel, the Title IX Coordinator, investigators, witnesses, parties and advisors. In addition, the training will include a report writing clinic. Working from the sexual harassment case study script, participants will write report sections and share for group editing with input from other participants and gentle critical feedback from the expert facilitator. Participants will receive sample template reports for a variety of Title IX covered behaviors as part of the materials for this training.

Who Should Attend?

These courses are designed for seasoned professionals, with an advanced knowledge and  understanding of Title IX, the Investigations process and its oversight, in the following fields:

  • Title IX Administration
  • Training and Prevention
  • Investigations
  • Human Resources
  • Student Conduct
  • Student Affairs
  • General Counsel/Law
  • Compliance
  • Law Enforcement

Click here for a Sample Course Agenda.

Prerequisites

Level Three is one of our most advanced trainings. If you have not attended our Level Two training, this training may be a stretch for you, unless you are a very seasoned investigator already.  The instructors for this course do not entertain basic, structural or foundational questions, because it is assumed that participants will already have those skill sets in hand.  Instructors will not let someone hold the group back, and will ask you to pose such questions during breaks or post-training.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

September 20th & 21st, 2018
Detroit, MI
Hosted by Macomb Community College
Faculty: Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D.

September 24th & 25th, 2018
San Jose, CA
Hosted by Evergreen Valley College
Faculty:  W. Scott Lewis, J.D.

May 8th & 9th, 2019
Omaha, NE
Hosted by the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Faculty:  W. Scott Lewis, J.D.

How is this different from our other certifications? 

This training is clinical in nature, helping seasoned and/or-well-trained investigators focus on advanced civil rights investigation techniques with the comfort and excellence of a skilled professional.

What does my Certification mean?

To obtain a Title IX Investigator Certification, you will 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.

Once the course is completed, you will receive your certification from ATIXA. Certificates for this training event will be provided to you electronically via our Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) program system. A member of our team will be in contact with you via email with instructions on accepting your certification credits in the 7-10 business days following the completion of this course. Learn more about our new program here.

Now you can stay up-to-date! We are excited to announce our online professional development platform called the Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) program. Our CCC program allows clients of The NCHERM Group, including those certified by ATIXA, to track, maintain and extend their professional development through our programs.

PLEASE NOTE: Certification refers to attendance at a qualifying event; The NCHERM Group cannot speak to individual attendees’ knowledge, expertise, or command of the material.

Level Four – Two Days

Description of the Course
Who Should Attend
Prerequisites
How is this different from other Certification courses from ATIXA?
What does my certification mean?

Description of Course

Due process is under attack. In the courts, federal agencies, and in the Congress. Higher education faces a critical moment – will the field raise the bar procedurally, or will the Courts or Congress do it for us? Or to us? If you’re interested in raising the bar on the procedural and substantive fairness of your sexual misconduct resolution proceedings (or all disciplinary proceedings), this track is for you. SAVE, FACE, FIRE, the FCA and SCA can try to impact on higher education from outside, but ATIXA has the inside track on exactly what we need to be doing to honor due process and ensure the integrity of Title IX resolutions.

Since 2012, over 170 federal lawsuits have been filed against colleges by students accused of sexual violence. Are these cases the result of OCR’s 2011 Dear Colleague Letter, or are they the result of missteps by college administrators? Have we moved too far in the direction of becoming the sex police,  and forgotten the equal dignity of all participants in the resolution process? As cases were litigated in 2013-2014, the courts sided mostly with colleges, but starting in 2015, the tide shifted. Now, colleges and universities are losing most of these cases. Courts are blurring the lines between public institution due process and private institution due process.

To compound the emphasis on due process by courts, OCR changed the game further in November of 2016 with its decision in the Wesley College investigation. Now, Title IX protects accused students, too, with important implications for retaliation claims, counter-claims, interim suspension and more. Is Title IX now an independent source of due process, what do Title IX due process rights provide, and how should this impact our investigations? Due process has always been owed by public institutions, but the implications now for private colleges are significant.

This course will show you how to reverse that trend for your campus, protect your process, and manage the risk of lawsuits by enhancing the due process you afford to your community. As a result of these cases, a debate is raging. Are the courts expanding due process, or just applying existing protections to new resolution processes being introduced by colleges? They’re not expanding due process, yet, but they will if we don’t act now. This course offers the roadmap to exactly how colleges can enhance procedural and substantive protections to meet the demands of a new legal environment. Case studies and procedural analysis will enhance the ability of participants to see the due process deficits on their own campuses, and offer sound approaches to curing those deficits.

Participants will attain these twelve learning outcomes:

  • Be able to explain why due process is under fire and understand the legal underpinnings of due process claims.
  • Understand the substantive due process concept of fairness of outcome, and how the field’s tilt toward becoming the sex police threatens gender equity on college campuses.
  • Be able to distinguish Title IX due process from Constitutional due process, and know how to balance procedures accordingly.
  • Take away concrete suggestions for ways to enhance due process within procedures.
  • Learn how to run an interview that meets all requirements for a hearing, within the civil rights resolution model.
  • Explore the role of appeals in due process litigation and defense.
  • Consider how civil rights resolutions should differ from student disciplinary processes and why?
  • Understand the ways that equal dignity and transparency change the game procedurally and substantively.
  • Implement changes based on OCR’s application of Title IX to accused students.
  • Distinguish and apply the concepts of procedural and substantive due process.
  • Grasp emerging best practices by seeing federal guidance as a floor, and not a ceiling.
  • Be able to apply the lessons of significant recent cases.

Specifically, we will answer the following questions:

  • Why is due process under fire?
  • What are the legal underpinnings of due process claims?
  • How does the field’s tilt toward becoming the sex police threatens gender equity on college campuses?
  • How can your campus effectively enhance due process within existing procedures?
  • How do you run an interview that meets all the requirements for a hearing?
  • What is the role of appeals in due process litigation and defense?
  • How should civil rights resolutions differ from student disciplinary processes and why?
  • How do equal dignity and transparency impact due process?
  • How do I implement changes based on OCR’s application of Title IX to accused students?
  • How can I apply the lessons of significant recent cases?
  • What does VAWA Section 304 add to procedural due process?

Click here for a Sample Course Agenda

Who Should Attend?

These courses are designed for seasoned professionals, with an advanced knowledge of Title IX, the Investigations process and its oversight, in the following fields:

  • Title IX Administration
  • Training and Prevention
  • Investigations
  • Human Resources
  • Student Conduct
  • Student Affairs
  • General Counsel/Law
  • Compliance
  • Law Enforcement

Prerequisites

Level Four is one of our most advanced trainings. If you have not attended our Level One and Two training, this training may be a stretch for you, unless you are a very seasoned investigator already.  The instructors for this course do not entertain basic, structural or foundational questions, because it is assumed that participants will already have those skill sets in hand.  Instructors will not let someone hold the group back, and will ask you to pose such questions during breaks or post-training. It is not required that you attend Level Three prior to taking this course.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

October 12th-14th, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

January 24th & 25th, 2019
Orlando, FL

How is this different from our other certifications? 

Levels One and Two of the investigator certification courses establish the foundation for solid investigation techniques, practices and substantive understanding of policy. Level Three is a clinical exploration of report writing and analysis. Level Four is an advanced course on how due process is evolving, how that evolution should impact policy and procedure, as well as on delivering procedural fairness via the transparency of the investigation process.

What does my Certification mean?

To obtain a Title IX Investigator Certification, you will 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.

Once the course is completed, you will receive your certification from ATIXA. Certificates for this training event will be provided to you electronically via our Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) program system. A member of our team will be in contact with you via email with instructions on accepting your certification credits in the 7-10 business days following the completion of this course. Learn more about our new program here.

Now you can stay up-to-date! We are excited to announce our online professional development platform called the Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) program. Our CCC program allows clients of The NCHERM Group, including those certified by ATIXA, to track, maintain and extend their professional development through our programs.

PLEASE NOTE: Certification refers to attendance at a qualifying event; The NCHERM Group cannot speak to individual attendees’ knowledge, expertise, or command of the material.