Model Policies

Title IX Policy and Grievance Procedure Checklist
ATIXA Sex/Gender-Based Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Model Policy
ATIXA One Policy, One Process Model
A Developmental Framework for A Code of Student Conduct: The NCHERM Group Model Code Project

ATIXA Sex/Gender-Based Harassment,

Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Model

Policy & Procedures

ATIXA distributes freely and publicly its transformative ATIXA Sex/Gender Based Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Model Policy and Procedures, to reflect best practices, Title IX guidance and VAWA compliance mandates. Both our Policy and Procedures have helped hundreds of campuses as they strive to comply with Title IX and related legislation, as well as protect the safety of their communities. Let it help yours.

Access the Model Policy as a PDF here and as a Word document here.
Access the Model Procedures as a PDF here and as a Word document here.

The ATIXA One Policy, One Process Model

The ATIXA One Policy, One Process Model for Civil Rights Equity Resolution for all Faculty, Students and Employees

The brand new and fully revised ATIXA “One Policy, One Process” (1P1P) model is state-of-the-art and hot-off-the-presses. With versions for colleges/universities and PreK-12, 1P1P is designed by leading experts to reflect best practices and industry standards while also ensuring compliance with upcoming 2019 Office for Civil Rights Title IX regulations.

1P1P is included with membership for Individual Premium, Institutional Premium and Super Membership levels. This is the only 2019-ready model that is available to the field.

If you are not yet an ATIXA member, join today for access to this invaluable resource. If you are an ATIXA member, explore our new Premium and Super Member options to get the most value for your membership.

Overview | The One Policy, One Process Approach | What is the Model Policy
Why Choose a Unified Process | Frequently Asked Questions
Access & Implementation Packages

Overview

As campuses work diligently to bring processes into compliance with Title IX, some of the more vexing challenges include:

  • Cross-constituency complaints (student-on-faculty, faculty-on-staff, etc.);
  • Varied processes for resolving allegations involving students, faculty, staff, unionized employees, etc.;
  • Different processes for discrimination allegations (race, disability, age, etc.) than those used to address Title IX-related allegations;
  • Balancing Title VII and Title IX by incorporating equity standards into employee-on-employee allegations;
  • Reconciling allegations that include both Title IX-covered behaviors and those standing outside Title IX.
  • Getting up to speed on ALL OF THE CHANGESOCR will require in 2019!

Given the complexity of addressing these challenges separately — and many others inherent in good policy — many schools and campuses are realizing that patched policies and procedures just aren’t going to cut it going forward. New Regs require a clean-sheet approach. We’ve revisited everything within the previous 1P1P model to ensure that our new models capture all the policy and procedural elements you will need, and reflect the emerging changes in case law as well.

The One Policy, One Process Approach

ATIXA has pioneered the One Policy, One Process Model (1P1P for short), now in use at hundreds of schools and colleges. If you were unsure whether it is time to unify policies and procedures, OCR has made it clear in the new Regs that it expects consistency across processes.

This model permits all discrimination complaints (age, race, sex, gender, nationality, etc.) to be resolved using one institution-wide policy, and one resolution process, applied to all alleged discrimination involving faculty, students and staff.

This process can sit outside existing processes, or can be integrated into existing human resource, affirmative action, and student conduct models. It harnesses the existing resources of many departments to minimize the need for added staff and expense.

1P1P is not only Title IX compliant, it serves the best practices of the civil rights approach with an emphasis on meaningful remedies, social justice, victim empowerment and advocacy, comprehensive investigation, procedural fairness to all parties, and prompt resolution of everything from bias incidents to stalking, sexual violence and intimate partner violence.

What is the Model Policy?

The ATIXA One Policy, One Process Model is a unified policy addressing sexual misconduct and other forms of discrimination. The Model covers everyone equitably with the same kind and degree of protection of their rights.

Why Choose a Unified Process?

A unified process can be centrally administered and overseen, often by expanding the Title IX Coordinator role in the form of an institutional equity officer. Unification simplifies the investigation function and avoids duplicative training when there are multiple bodies all resolving the discrimination allegations across the campus or district.

Unification allows consistent sanctions and responsive actions for the same types of misconduct, whether the misconduct involves a student, faculty, or staff member. Unification fosters collaboration across the departments that are stakeholders, including HR, student conduct, and academic affairs while retaining their needed voice in the resolution process. Critically, a unified process can also be essential to the detection and tracking of patterns of misconduct, to limit the frequency of repeat offenses.

Unified models are becoming the industry standard approach. For those who fear that campus cultures or politics will not accept a unified approach, we suggest that the momentum created by the new Regs will make this the right window of opportunity to champion such sweeping change.

It will also be easier in the long run to fix it now, rather than to Band-Aid existing processes not designed for 2019 compliance in the hopes they will suffice. Our hope is that now is the time to envision what can and should be done, and to lay the groundwork for a unified policy and resolution model on your campus or district.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get the 1P, 1P Model from ATIXA?

The most current version of the 1P1P Model is included in the Premium Member and Super Member levels of membership. Learn more about membership with ATIXA here. Previous 1P1P licensees will also receive copies of the 2019 updated version, at no charge. While ATIXA previously licensed 1P1P outside of membership, it’s easier and more efficient for you to join now and get your copy as a membership benefit. You can also get a copy by registering for any of our Certification Courses. It’s included in your registration fee (as is a trial membership).

Will we receive updates to the 1P1P Model if it is updated?

Current Premium and Super members will always receive the most up-to-date version of the 1P1P Model as we evolve it. Training and Certification course materials will continuously be updated with the most recent versions of our 1P1P Models, as well; therefore updates can be obtained through a registration to a qualifying training event.

Can ATIXA help my campus or district to implement the 1P, 1P Model?

Yes, we have an implementation package designed to help and guide your campus or district through design, approval, and implementation of the One Policy, One Process Model. For details on implementation assistance packages available, please contact Kate Halligan at 610-579-3725.

Why should we consider implementing the 1P, 1P Model?

The 1P1P is the only unified civil rights-based policy model of its kind. One Policy, One Process transforms and simplifies an institution’s approach to addressing civil rights-based violations by:

  • Providing unified policy addressing all forms of discrimination.
  • Covering everyone equitably with the same kind and degree of protection of their rights.
  • Being centrally administered and overseen.
  • Simplifying the investigation function.
  • Avoiding duplicative training when there are multiple bodies all resolving the same kinds of allegations across the campus or district.
  • Allowing consistent sanctions and responsive actions across the campus or district for the same types of misconduct.
  • Fostering collaboration across the departments that are stakeholders.
  • Improving the detection and tracking of patterns of misconduct, thereby limiting the frequency of repeat offenses.

Is the 1P, 1P Model just for Title IX compliance?

No. While 1P1P is produced and sponsored by ATIXA, the beauty of 1P1P is that it is intended to address all civil-rights based violations (e.g.: sex, gender, race, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, religion etc.). “One Policy, One Process” doesn’t just facilitate resolution within a siloed process for a single act of discrimination but facilitates a unified resolution process for allcivil rights-based issues for all constituencies.

Does the 1P1P Model replace the student conduct process?

No. Using the model can incorporate the existing student conduct process, supplant it just for Title IX allegations, supplant it for all discrimination allegations, or fully replace the conduct process for all misconduct, if desired. Now that a live hearing will be required by the 2019 OCR Regs, there is no good reason why discrimination and student conduct resolution mechanisms (or faculty resolution mechanisms, for that matter) should differ substantially.

Does the 1P, 1P Model do away with hearings?

It can if they are waived by the parties post-investigation, but 1P1P is designed to allow hearings where needed. 1P1P provides for informal resolution, conflict resolution and formal resolution options.

How does the 1P,1P Model address at-will employees with no hearing rights?

Under the new OCR Regs, at-will employees have hearing rights. The model reflects this.

Access & Implementation Packages

The Model is available only to ATIXA Premium and Super Members. It is easily customized, with clearly identified fields for you to include your campus-specific or district-specific information.

For information on how to join ATIXA and receive your Models, visit our page here.

For details on implementation assistance packages available, please contact Kate Halligan at 610-579-3725. Our experts can help to guide your campus or district through design, approval, and/or implementation of the One Policy, One Process Model. ATIXA offers a number of support options for your campus or district.

Inquiries

For additional information, please contact our team at info@atixa.org or 610-644-7858.