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Assessing Threats in Writing, Social Media, Email, and Other Narratives for Title IX Investigators and Coordinators

With the move to closing the campuses of colleges, universities, and K-12 schools and the general shift to working and studying remotely in recent weeks, there has been a sharp increase in threatening email communications. This program addresses the challenge of assessing concerning online communication, written narratives and artistic works as part of a Title IX investigation.

Looking Glass is an easy to learn expert system designed to assess online and written content. This approach to evaluating online communications, written narratives and social media posts is a must-have supplemental to your existing violence risk and threat assessment process. Having a research-based process helps Title IX coordinators and investigators better assess the risk of violence from a responding or reporting party during a harassment, sexual assault, stalking, or domestic violence report.

Based on research from their upcoming book by Taylor and Francis, An Educator’s Guide to Assessing Threats in Student Writing: Social Media, Email, and other Narrative, W. Scott Lewis and NaBITA President Dr. Brian Van Brunt will share this effective and efficacious approach with you and discuss how to assess threat through the psychological, criminal, student conduct, and legal

Speakers: Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D. and W. Scott Lewis, J.D.

Intended Audience:

  • Title IX Coordinators and Investigators
  • Sexual Assault Advocates and Clinical Staff
  • Conduct Officers that work with Title IX cases
  • Legal counsel and BIT/CARE staff who work with Title IX matters

Participants will:

  • Review the key escalating and mitigating factors used in a violence risk assessment of emails, social media posts and written narratives that may be shared during a Title IX investigation.
  • Understand and explore how to use the Looking Glass process to assess risk and drive appropriate interventions from counseling, law enforcement, and student discipline while reducing legal risk to the reporting and responding parties involved in the investigation.
  • Review literature related to threat assessment, leakage, transient and substantive threats, mental health, threat risk factors, protective factors and suicide.

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Join Title IX and online program experts for a webinar on maintaining your Title IX program remotely. All of ATIXA’s members are facing scale-backs or shutdowns as a result of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. We may need to find ways to address key program elements remotely, including remedies, investigations, hearings, and appeals. ATIXA has worked to pull together a set of key advisory tips to help you keep your program functioning as we weather this pandemic. This 75-minute on-demand webinar will feature presenters W. Scott Lewis, J.D.Saundra K. Schuster, J.D.Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., and Poppy Fitch. Topics include:

  • Will OCR permit delays during a pandemic?
  • What will program shut-downs mean for recipients?
  • If your program is scaled-back, how can you temporarily conduct your program remotely?
  • Triaging the case load
  • Assuring you have updated contact information from the parties
  • Shifting to providing case materials by secure tech
  • Conduct interviews by phone or video call?
  • Assessing credibility remotely
  • Explaining delays
  • Minimizing delays
  • Allow parties to accept alternate resolution formats and policy changes
  • Giving parties notice of delays
  • Tracking down witnesses remotely
  • Changing policy on the fly – what can you do, and how should you do it?
  • Enhancing communication under less than ideal circumstances
  • Managing notice that comes in during a shutdown or scale-back

Proposed Regulations: Steps to be Taking Now

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Are you feeling like you’re caught in Title IX limbo? If so, you’re in good company. And, that feeling is not unreasonable. The courts are in an activist mode, and it seems they are changing sexual misconduct procedural protections every week now. We’re working under a 2017 OCR Interim Guide that just about everyone seems to be ignoring. Venerable 2011 and 2014 OCR guidance is gone. Proposed new regulations saw 105,874 comments (mostly disapproving of the proposed changes), and their future hangs in the balance of a political process, a national election, and seemingly endless potential litigation. Against this crazy backdrop, what is a conscientious Title IX administrator to do?

Well, as a step in the right direction, attend this webinar. Let’s try to figure this thing out together, as a community.

At ATIXA, we don’t have all the answers, but we’re pretty good at reading the tea leaves, assessing where the field is, and helping to guide where it should go. As we see it, we’re in a bridge period, not quite still in the land of 2011 rules, and not quite ready for the 2019 new rules. We don’t think you should wait until the 2019 regs become law, as OCR won’t give you enough time to prepare. But, some of the proposed changes will never see the light of day, and if some do, they may not survive legal challenge. Despite these cross-currents, we believe that some changes in the near-term are likely necessary, prudent, and even beneficial. Most of them focus on the investigation process, and how to insulate your resolutions from collateral attack for conflict-of-interest and lack of independence. And, we think you can make minor tweaks this summer without causing significant political blow-back in your communities. You don’t want to be in the position of the California colleges right now. They are scrambling to implement the requirements of a new appeals court ruling on due process. Will your courts be next? Do you want to be left scrambling, too, or is this a reasonable time to begin taking some half-steps, to position your school well for the changes to come? Some of what OCR wants is unreasonable, and some of the ideas are ones whose time has come.

We think there are some steps you can take to prepare for the future, without upsetting the apple cart. And, taking baby steps now can help to prepare your communities for more jarring changes that may be forced on us down the road. In this webinar, Title IX experts Anna Oppenheim, J.D., Brett A. Sokolow, J.D.and Daniel C. Swinton, J.D. , Ed.D.will offer their thoughts for current best practice, highlight the first principles that undergird Title IX no matter what political winds are blowing, and try to prepare you for where the future direction of litigation and regulation is likely to take us. Plus, we’ll talk about the wave of new policies banning employee-student relationships, and what you ought to be considering as pressure mounts to revise those policies, as well.

ATIXA is following up on the initial 2019 series of webinars to cover the implementation steps of changes coming from OCR, including Q&A from our membership. Our webinar is designed to provide Title IX practitioners with a step-by-step plan to implement changes from the regulations. The webinar will be approximately 90 minutes in length. All attendees will receive the recording with purchase. A recording of the webinar will be available for purchase for those unable to attend the live event.

Recent Due Process Rulings by the California Courts: What Do California Colleges and Universities Need to Know and Do?

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The state courts of California are sending a set of very clear messages about due process. Seven recent rulings. Seven losses for colleges and universities. Who is helping put a stop to this litigation madness?

The writ of administrative mandate? Have you heard of it? The lawyers suing California public and private colleges have, and they’ve leveraged a string of seven lawsuits by John Doe (he is of the infamous Does, the most litigious family in America) to hold CA colleges liable for due process failures, in sexual misconduct proceedings. The single investigator model can’t meet the requirements of the APA in California. Moreover, even formal hearing systems are being shot down by the courts. Cross-examination is now an expectation. You need to update your process before the next lawsuit does it for you.

The 75-minute webinar hosted by Title IX expert and LA resident Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., Brett shared a review of the key cases that are currently reshaping due process for public and private colleges and universities in California. The webinar focused on the practical changes that are required, and how to evolve your resolution processes without fundamentally upending the structures you have already built. Key questions were addressed, including:

  • Why the single investigator model is no longer viable
  • How to ensure the independence of the roles of those involved in the resolution process
  • How to assure impartiality, structurally
  • What role should investigators play? Fact-gatherer? Fact-finder, or something in between?
  • How should live interviews be managed at different phases of the process?
  • What role, if any, should investigators have in helping to assess credibility?
  • How do the CA courts differ from the requirements being handed down in the 6th Circuit and those proposed by OCR?
  • How do we meet the expectations of the appeals courts in CA without turning our processes into adversarial mini-courts?
  • How do we manage cross-examination with civility?
  • What hearing formats are available to us, and how should we staff the decision-making role?

These ten pressing questions were discussed, along with a live Q&A session that was recorded with the webinar participants.

ATIXA Co-Sponsored Online Trainings

ATIXA, in conjunction with TNG launched TNG Online Trainings: an endeavor to provide quality, distance learning education and discussion opportunities to colleges and universities across the country and around the world.

TNG and its affiliated associations, ATIXA and NaBITA, have identified experts from numerous fields to bring you quality online programs that address the most pressing needs in threat assessment, prevention education, sexual assault response, higher education legal issues, administrative best practices and risk management.

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  • Super Members receive Unlimited Tokens**
  • Institutional Premium Members receive 250 Tokens**
  • Individual Premium Member receive 10 Tokens**
  • Individual & Institutional Members can receive a 10% discount on all purchased Tokens. Contact our team for your discount coupon code.

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Trainings are 60 minutes each. Price is $349 for access to a recording.

Online Training recordings undergo a review and quality check before being made available for purchase. ATIXA member discounts still apply. We look forward to improving your professional development experience.

Recent Trainings

Vicarious Trauma in Higher Education
Informal Resolution and Restorative Justice
K-12 Sexual Misconduct Planning
Institutional Communication about Sexual Violence
A Controlled Trial of a Sex Education Program to Improve Sexual Consent Skills
Evolving K-12 Landscape in the Title IX Arena
Hamsters in the Hallways: Navigating the Law Regarding Animals on Campus
Mandatory Reporters Under Title IX, Title VII & Clery/Campus SaVE
Hosting Minors on Campus: What You Need to Know
Fighting Mid-Semester Burnout and Stress
Title IX and BITs
Policing the Drunken Campus Hook-Up: Law, Policy and Best Practices
Issues of Gender Violence in LGBT Communities
Addressing Title IX Matters in an Online Environment
Complying with The Campus SaVe Act Through Ongoing Educational Campaigns: Prevention Through Positive Media Messages
Best Practices for Program Evaluation
Navigating the Intersection of FERPA & Title IX
Addressing Risk Management in Study Abroad Programs
When Social Media & Title IX Collide: What Colleges Need To Know About Gossip Sites, Free Speech & Proactive Policies
Implementing the One Policy, One Process Model
Creating, Implementing and Applying Climate Surveys
Consent and Blackouts: The Legal, Psychological and Prevention Perspectives
Title IX Investigations and Technology: Eight Emerging and Common Issues
Title IX and Transgender Issues
Preventing Burnout by Fostering Compassion Satisfaction among Title IX Administrators
Campus Survivor Advocacy
A Deep Dive on Mandated Reporting Do’s and Don’ts
Beyond Yes/No: Queer, Trans and Kink Perspectives on Sexual Consent
Transitions in Higher Education: Issues and Best Practices to Support Transgender and Non-Binary Students in Higher Education
Understanding and Addressing Race, Bias & Title IX in Higher Education
Gender Equity in Athletics: Why Title IX Administrators Should Care and What They Need to Know

Trainings are 60-90 minutes each. Price is $349 per recording for 2014-on trainings and $249.99 per recording for 2013 trainings.

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