On May 6, 2020, the Department of Education announced sweeping changes to Title IX, adding new rules that mandate how institutions of higher education must respond to reports of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, and stalking involving students, faculty, and staff on their campuses.
To further complicate matters, these new regulations, referred to as the “Final Rule,” must be enforced at institutions of higher education by August 14, 2020. This short window of time to implement the changes into Title IX grievance procedures is a tall order considering most campuses are still working through the challenges brought on by the global coronavirus pandemic.
At Academic Impressions, we are dedicated to helping you analyze and implement these required Title IX federal regulations for your campus. Browse our online trainings or become a member to get access to a suite of professional development solutions.
Training Materials for Title IX Personnel
The new Title IX Rule provides instruction for institutions’ use and posting of training materials for Title IX personnel. Pursuant to the rule, Academic Impressions and the speakers for all Title IX training will be providing clearly labeled public-facing materials that can be used for the purposes of fulfilling the mandated posting guidelines. Some materials, including the recording of webcasts, are protected by copyright and are not meant to be public-facing. Please note that Title IX training materials do not have to be posted until August 14, 2020 according to the new Title IX federal regulations.
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Title IX Workshop Series: Align Your Policy with the New Law
Join us for a six-part online series to learn the steps to revising your sexual harassment grievance policy in compliance with the new Title IX regulations.
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We know you have a lot of questions about how to implement the new Title IX regulations, but you can’t implement those changes on your campus until you first rewrite and align your policy with the new regulations. Join us for this six-part workshop series to start working on revising your sexual harassment policy alongside the expert guidance of your instructor.
This virtual learning experience is designed to help you interpret, plan, organize, and write proposed changes to your campus’ sexual harassment grievance policy by August 14, 2020. During this workshop-style online series, you will:
- Analyze and interpret the Final Regulations
- Obtain practical guidance for implementing changes to your policy
- Rewrite your policy to remain compliant with the new regulations while considering your unique institutional context
This workshop series will not only give you tangible and practical guidance from our subject matter expert but also provide you an opportunity to network and share ideas and strategies with other attendees.
Benefits of the Workshop:
- Revise your sexual harassment policy through guided instruction
- Ask questions and get feedback from our expert instructor
- Share insights and lessons learned amongst your peers within the Title IX community
- Get in compliance with the Title IX federal requirements by the deadline
Who Should Attend
This online workshop series is best suited to those responsible for providing direction, leadership, and accountability in their role as Title IX (Deputy) Coordinator including those who oversee your sexual harassment policy. Supervisors of Title IX Coordinators, legal counsels, and representatives from Human Resources will also benefit from the content of this training.
If you have questions about whether this program is right for you, please email our Senior Program Manager, Rabia Khan Harvey.
Week One: Review of the Title IX Coordinator Role
Thursday, June 4th, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern
This first workshop will help you understand the expanded role and responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator in addition to the level of authority they should have on campus. You will discuss the Coordinator’s responsibilities for disseminating your institution’s anti-discrimination policy and their grand oversight of your grievance procedures, including over investigations and informal resolutions. You will learn how to incorporate verbiage into your policy regarding these items:
- Actual knowledge triggering a school’s response to sexual harassment
- Jurisdiction including off-campus or study abroad
- Dismissal of formal complaints
- Supplemental or amended complaints
- Consolidation of formal complaints
- Record keeping
Week Two: Responding to Complaints of Sexual Harassment and Terminology Definitions
Thursday, June 11th, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern
The second workshop will cover information that must be presented in your notice of allegation letters, definitions of sexual harassment, and ways to coordinate supportive measures for both the complainant and the respondent once the Coordinator has actual knowledge of sexual harassment. You will learn how to incorporate verbiage into your policy regarding:
- The necessary components of the notice of allegations letter
- Definitions of sexual harassment: quid pro quo harassment, hostile environment harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking
- Supportive measures
- List of terminology including complainant, respondent, consent, presumption of innocence, etc.
Week Three: The Investigative Process
Thursday, June 18th, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern
This third workshop will provide you with procedures that must be outlined in your policy related to your investigative process. Information related to what parties can expect during a formal investigation including equal opportunity rights of both parties will be covered. You will learn how to incorporate verbiage into your policy regarding:
- Explaining your investigative process and investigator model
- Defining rights of both parties
- Defining the role of an advisor
- Submitting evidence
- Structure of your final investigation report
- Timeline of the investigation process
Week Four: Hearings and Sanctions
Thursday, July 9th, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern
This fourth workshop will provide you with procedures that must be outlined in your policy related to your hearing and appellate process. You will learn how to incorporate verbiage into your policy regarding:
- Timeline for the live hearing
- Conflict of interest of hearing panels
- Role clarification of the hearing panel and others who are present in the live hearing
- Defining rights of both parties and advisors in the live hearing
- Inculpatory and exculpatory evidence
- Privileged evidence that requires a release
- How to prepare for the hearing including cross-examination
- Standard of proof
- Range of possible disciplinary sanctions and remedies
- Decision letter and rationale
Week Five: The Appeal Process
Thursday, July 23rd, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern
In the fifth workshop, you will review what procedures must be outlined in your policy related to the appellate process. You will learn how to incorporate verbiage into your policy regarding:
- Process and timeline for filing an appeal
- Process for reviewing the appeal by an Appellate Officer
- Contact information of the Appellate Officers
Week Six: Ongoing Training Needs for Investigators and Decision Makers
Thursday, August 6th, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern
The final workshop in the series is designed to help you identify the individuals needed to carry out your grievance process and plan for your ongoing training efforts for your investigators and decision makers (i.e., hearing panelists and appellate officers). To effectively prepare your Title IX staff to successfully execute these new procedures for your campus, we will have an open discussion after a formal presentation on strategies.
Cara Hardin, J.D.
Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Marquette University
Cara Hardin is an attorney serving as Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Marquette University. In addition to assisting in the coordination and monitoring of Marquette’s compliance with Title IX and all associated regulations, she is the lead investigator and adjudicator of reports of sexual harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct filed by Marquette students, faculty and staff.
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