Title IX Coordinator Training Events

Recently, Student Affairs eNews sat down with our publisher, Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., President and CEO of The NCHERM Group, LLC, for an update on his plans for 2014.

SAeN:  How is 2014 shaping up for you and The NCHERM Group?

Brett:  Thanks for the interview.  This is a great opportunity for us to do our own version of the State of the Union Address.  Every year is different for us, and sometimes it’s hard to anticipate what the field will want from us next, so we just roll with it. This is one of those years.  For example, our executive team is pretty tightly knit – partners Scott Lewis, J.D. and Saunie Schuster, J.D. and Senior Vice Presidents, Daniel Swinton, J.D., Ed.D. and Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D. – we enjoy presenting together and collaborating, but that’s happening less this year, because we are all on different campuses every single day.  The sheer volume of campus visits is staggering.  We had hoped that hosting more regional and national events would allow large groups of clients to efficiently come to us — and they are — but then they want us to visit them to provide the same content specifically for the campus.  Where one and two-day visits were common before, we’re often on campuses for three and four days at a time now, which helps us to better serve each campus as we get to know them better.

SAeN:  Are there other changes you’re seeing in your practice that impact the field?

Brett:  Yes, we thought that our training of what is now literally thousands of campus investigators would result in less dependency on outside investigators, but the opposite has happened.  We are now doing all the civil rights investigations for a number of campuses, advising other campuses on their investigations from off-site, coming in for sensitive or crisis cases, and helping campuses to bolster their investigator ranks when a deeper bench is needed.  We’re doing forensic reviews of campus investigations, to prepare to defend the competence of the campus in court.  To formalize how active our investigation practice has become, we’ve launched a new division called NCHERM-i to better meet the investigation needs of campuses and schools.

SAeN:  What are the legal trends you’re keeping an eye on for 2014?

The most significant trend is represented by the slew of lawsuits men accused of sexual violence have filed against colleges alleging Title IX violations.  We’re seeing cases at Holy Cross, Xavier, Western State Colorado University, Denison, Delaware State University, Vassar, and St. Joseph’s University.  Eight cases filed in one year is a clear trend, and one we expect to continue this year.  We’re involved in several of these cases as litigation strategists and expert witnesses, and they present interesting challenges for campuses feeling legal heat from victims and from accused students.  We also continue to keep an eye on the class action-style OCR complaints campuses are facing from victims.   They are increasing in frequency, and now almost always also include Clery Act allegations, Title IV violations, and a companion complaint to the Department of Justice.  We’re also noting that plaintiff’s lawyers have figured out they can sue campuses using Title IX in employment cases without permission to sue from EEOC.  Campuses are being kept on their toes, for sure.  And, our role remains clear.  Our time is not best used in helping campuses clean up the mess after a complaint is filed.  Our expertise is implementing the programs that prevent the complaints from ever being necessary.

SAeN:  Any other big announcements we should watch for from The NCHERM Group in 2014?

Shortly, we’ll be announcing some other significant initiatives.  Here’s an overview:

  • ATIXA and NaBITA, the associations run under The NCHERM Group umbrella, are thriving.  Each has about 1,400 participating members.  This strong membership support has ensured that each association is financially healthy and independent of ongoing support from The NCHERM Group.  This financial health has been fostered by relatively high membership costs in the first few years of each association’s operation.  While necessary until now, both associations are undertaking membership drives in the hope that membership will double in 2014.  To meet our membership goals, we have cut the price of membership in half.  We are pleased to be able to pass the membership savings onto new and renewing members of each association effective today.
  • SCOPE, the School and College Organization for Prevention Educators is being merged into ATIXA, the Association for Title IX Administrators.  The goal is to make the resources of SCOPE available without a membership structure, and to focus the reach of SCOPE to focus on prevention, training and education models to comply with Title IX and the Campus SaVE Act.  SCOPE and ATIXA will host a joint conference in October of 2014 in Orlando, Florida, with special emphasis on Campus SaVE Act compliance.
  • Finally, we are in the position of having certified 3,000 administrators as Title IX Coordinators and investigators, and we have now certified more than 600 behavioral intervention and threat assessment team members.  Those individuals have contacted us to request a way to maintain the currency of their certifications.  In response, we are about to unveil a Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) system that will allow certified administrators to update and maintain their certifications in person and through online credits.  The online system will track all certifications and credits earned, remind administrators to update certifications, and help institutions to track the certification status of their employees.

SAeN:  What was your proudest accomplishment in 2013?

Brett:  I don’t spend a lot of time looking back, but a highlight for all of us was certainly the publication of our long-awaited Developmental Model Code of Student Conduct Project.  We debated how and if we could make the model, or portions of it, available for free.  The immense support for our services we received from higher education made it a no-brainer for us to provide this resource without charge, and all versions are now freely available to anyone. Additionally, we have been able to create a Model Code Wiki to invite experts across the field to offer edits and collaborate to improve upon and refine the model we have authored.

SAeN:  Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Brett:  I don’t get enough of a chance to publicly thank the team here at The NCHERM Group.  We have an amazingly talented, creative, innovative, and tireless group of eight administrators and twenty-five consultants.  The central office administrators produce two regional and/or national training events monthly, and seamlessly orchestrate an average of 36 individual campus visits each month.  Our consultants continuously innovate, so that there is always something new and valuable that we are able to offer to the field.  I am privileged to work with them, learn from them, train alongside them, and collaboratively help to shape the future of the field together.  And, we’re hiring, so I’m looking forward to an even more effective team to execute on our ambitious programs for 2014.

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