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Presented by ATIXA President, Brett A. Sokolow, Esq.

A great resource for those interested in learn more about the One Policy, One Process Model!

Learn about the ATIXA Civil Rights Investigation Model, a set of policies, procedures and practices designed to meet OCR expectations for campus compliance with Title IX. Many campuses are challenged with modifying student conduct and personnel procedures to more closely align with the April 4th, 2011 OCR Dear Colleague Letter on Campus Sexual Violence.

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Recorded September 2011

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Whether you have a conduct board, administrative hearing model, or use a separate board for sexual misconduct, we all have a major task ahead of us to comply with the OCR Title IX Dear Colleague Letter by training on sexual misconduct and on our newly revised campus policies and procedures.


TNG and ATIXA want to make it easier for you to meet this need with comprehensive training from noted experts.  We considered a series, but that won’t work when every campus trains at different times, on different topics, and for different amounts of time.  Then, we realized we could create a training that could be used whenever you want, on various topics, for any length of time you want to provide training.  On demand, TNG and ATIXA are streaming four, one-hour sexual misconduct board training modules from our websites.  One price gets you access all year, as many times as you want, in any order, for as many trainees as you need.  The presenters will take your questions about the modules by email for an entire year.  Your access to the modules and trainers can start today and will expire one year from date of purchase. Use all four modules in a row or in any order you want.  Use some or all.  Want to brush up critical topics right before a hearing?  Just click and connect.

These modules focus on best practices and general competencies for all campuses, rather than on procedures that vary from campus-to-campus.  And, you know with TNG and ATIXA that our focus is on developmental, educational tools rather than on legalistic constructs and concepts.  Here’s what we’ll cover:


MODULE ONE:  W. Scott Lewis, J.D., offers an hour-long discussion of generalized hearing board competencies including understanding their role, the importance of policy application, assessing the relevance and credibility of information, the discipline of making a finding, and (recommending) sanctions.

MODULE TWO:  John Wesley Lowery, Ph.D., offers an hour long discussion of Title IX-based competencies for boards, including equity by and through the process, a balanced and fair process, the tension of Title IX and some due process protections, and the prompt and effective remedy requirement of Title IX.

MODULE THREE:  Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., offers an hour-long training on the NCHERM Policy Analytic, a straight-forward three-step analysis of sexual misconduct complaints.  In this training module, Sokolow will explain the constructs of force, consent and incapacitation in ways that make these concepts accessible to boards, and allow for clear-headed application of the policy to the facts of the complaint.

MODULE FOUR:  Saundra K. “Saunie” Schuster, J.D., provides an hour-long discussion of the Path to Good Decision-Making, including practical explorations of questioning skills, the analytical process, and the process of and models for effective deliberation. Saunie will also address myths, victim-blaming, the sociology of victimization, false reporting and pattern offense data.


You can broadcast the modules in a group setting and your board will be exposed to four hours of high-quality training content.  Or, share the modules asynchronously with faculty on your board, and let them watch from their offices, as time permits.  Allow student board members to view the modules from the comfort of their residence halls.  The modules are yours to use and access for a full year.


Not only is the format uniquely flexible, but the one-time registration fee of $599.99 puts training on your desk in a cost-effective package, no matter how many people you want to train, or how many times you use the modules. Don’t want or need all four topics? Pick and choose for $249.99 each.


W. Scott Lewis, J.D. is a Partner with The NCHERM Group.  He is the co-founder and advisory board member of ATIXA (the Association for Title IX Administrators) and NaBITA (the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association). Previously, he served as Special Advisor to Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, IN, as Associate Vice Provost at the University of South Carolina, and worked in Student Conduct and Residence Life at Texas A&M University. He also serves as faculty, teaching courses in Education, Law, Political Science, and Business. He has worked with and trained the Department of Education’s Offices of Civil Rights and the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women as a trainer and consultant, and was a consultant to the Office of the Vice President and the White House Task Force on issues of sexual misconduct and Title IX. He has also trained regional Offices of Civil Rights and OCR Investigators. Additionally, he works with athletes, coaches and administrators at all levels of intercollegiate and K-12 athletics as well as with the USOC®, the Center for Safe Sport® and the NCAA® in the areas of sexual misconduct and gender equity in sport.

John Wesley Lowery, Ph.D. is a full professor in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He previously served on the faculty at Oklahoma State University, where he coordinated the college student affairs and higher education programs. His first faculty appointment was at the University of South Carolina, where he taught in and coordinated the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) Program. Dr. Lowery has a Master’s degree in student personnel services from the University of South Carolina and his undergraduate degree in religious studies is from the University of Virginia. He earned his doctorate at Bowling Green State University in Higher Education Administration. John served as ASJA’s (now ASCA) CAS Director for five years. He served on the Board of Directors for both NASPA (2002-2004) and ASJA (1996-1999). He has previously chaired the ASJA’s Legislative Issues and Resolutions Committees, as well as co-chairing the Interassociation Task Force on the National Baseline Study on Campus Sexual Assault. John also previously served on the Core Council on Outreach and Advocacy for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and on the directorate body of ACPA’s Commission XV: Campus Judicial Affairs and Legal Issues. John also currently serves on the Board of Contributors for About Campus.

Saundra K. Schuster, J.D. is a Partner with The NCHERM Group, a national risk management legal consulting firm.  Ms. Schuster is a recognized expert in preventive and civil rights law for education, notably in the fields of harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct and violence, ADA and disability issues. She has provided extensive consultation to and training for the U.S. Justice Department, Office of Violence Against Women, the White House Task Force on Sexual Assault and the Futures Without Violence organization.  She also provides litigation consultation, expert witness support, and conducts civil rights-based investigation for educational institutions. Prior to joining The NCHERM Group in 2009, Ms. Schuster’s higher education legal experience included serving as the General Counsel for Sinclair Community College; as Senior Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio, representing public colleges and universities; and as the Associate General Counsel for the University of Toledo.   In addition to her legal work in higher education, Ms. Schuster has over twenty-five years experience in college administration and teaching, including serving as the Associate Dean of Students at The Ohio State University, Director of the Office of Learning Assistance at Miami University and as Assistant Dean at Western College.  She also served as a faculty member at The Ohio State University, Miami University, and Columbus State Community College.

Brett A. Sokolow, J.D. is the CEO of The NCHERM Group, LLC, a national multidisciplinary risk management consulting and law firm with more than 3,000 education-sector clients, 15 executive and support employees, and a roster of 30 attorneys and consultants who are at the forefront of the field in their areas of expertise. Sokolow founded The NCHERM Group, LLC, then known as The National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (, in 2000. Sokolow is recognized for his national leadership on systems-level solutions for safer schools and campuses, and is widely considered to be one of the foremost Title IX experts in the nation. He has served as an expert witness in more than 50 significant lawsuits affecting college, university, and school liability. In addition to his role with The NCHERM Group, Sokolow served as Executive Director of ATIXA from 2012-2017 and now serves as President of ATIXA, the Association of Title IX Administrators (, the leading industry association for Title IX compliance, with over 3,600 active school and college members. In his role as an attorney with The NCHERM Group, Sokolow serves with his partners as outside counsel/advisor to 70 colleges and universities, and has served as counsel to more than 250 campuses since the firm was founded in 2000. In addition to its legal representation work, The NCHERM Group provides consulting services to an additional 400+ campuses and schools each year.




The New DCL and Retaliation: A Rapid Response Webinar on What It Means for K-12 & Higher Education

Presented May 22nd, 2015
Co-sponsored by The NCHERM Group & ATIXA

On April 24th, 2013, the U.S. Dept. of Ed., Office for Civil Rights sent a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) reminding educational institutions (both K-12 and higher education) that Title IX strictly prohibits retaliation against an individual who engages in complaining, reporting, testifying or participating in an investigation or procedure related to behavior that would constitute a violation of Title IX. The DCL reinforces this by reminding funding recipients that failure to observe and comply with the non-retaliation will result in administrative action by the OCR, and/or referral to the Justice Department for judicial proceedings.

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The Top Ten Things We Need to Know About Title IX
(That the DCL Didn’t Tell Us)

Presented April 17th, 2015
Co-sponsored by The NCHERM Groupthe American Association for Affirmative Action & ATIXA

In the two years since the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released the Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) focusing on Title IX and campus sexual violence, the impact has been widespread and dramatic. Yet many aspects of Title IX compliance were left unclear or unsaid in this letter, prompting The NCHERM Group and ATIXA (The Association of Title IX Administrators), to jointly publish the 2013 WhitepaperThe Top Ten Things We Need to Know About Title IX (That the DCL Didn’t Tell Us). On April 17th, 2013, just a handful of days following the second anniversary of the publication of the DCL, The NCHERM Group and ATIXA are co-sponsoring an online training by the 2013 Whitepaper’s lead author, Brett A. Sokolow, Esq., Executive Director of ATIXA.  This online training will focus on ten key aspects of Title IX that the DCL omitted or left unclear.

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Getting to Know the Campus SaVE Act – A Rapid Response Webinar on the VAWA Reauthorization

Presented April 2nd, 2015
Co-sponsored by The NCHERM Group, the School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (SCOPE) and the Association for Title IX Administrators (ATIXA)

After years of legislative wrangling, Congress reauthorized a robust, expanded and much strengthened version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in late February. Included in the VAWA Reauthorization legislation is the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE Act), whose Section 304 substantially amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to impose SEVENTY (70) new provisions, disclosures and procedural protections. Is your campus ready?

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The ATIXA Civil Rights Investigation Model

Presented by ATIXA Executive Director Brett A. Sokolow, Esq.

ATIXA Members can access this archived online training recording for free by logging in to your account and then clicking here.

Learn about the ATIXA Civil Rights Investigation Model, a set of policies, procedures and practices designed to meet OCR expectations for campus compliance with Title IX. Many campuses are challenged with modifying student conduct and personnel procedures to more closely align with the April 4th, 2011 OCR Dear Colleague Letter on Campus Sexual Violence.

ATIXA, in collaboration with the law firm NCHERM, has drafted a set of model procedures that are designed to integrate a fair and comprehensive civil rights investigation capacity into your already existing campus hearing and due process procedures for students and employees.

This model will be a revelation for those who have long struggled with the recognition that campus conduct processes and adversarial hearings are an ineffective way to address complaints of campus sexual harassment and sexual violence.  As ATIXA Executive Director Brett Sokolow lays out the model, you’ll intuitively connect with it as a more humane, more efficient, and more effective way to process these complaints. Yet, the ATIXA model doesn’t have to replace existing procedures, and Brett will discuss how you can integrate the model into your existing procedures seamlessly while still transforming your campus paradigm for remedying all forms of civil rights grievances, not just gender discrimination.

This online training includes a brief overview of ATIXA, the newly launched Association for Title IX Administrators, and the benefits of joining for all campus and school administrators and coordinators who have Title IX-related responsibilities.  Then, Brett discusses the model, its application, function and integration.

Will this online training explain the ATIXA Civil Rights Investigation Model comprehensively for free?  Yes, it will.  We believe this model will benefit all colleges and universities, and we don’t want to put a price tag on your ability to understand it and how it works.  We will, though, put a price tag on the actual written model template.  If you want that, you’ll have to join ATIXA.  It’s free to members.


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