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