Spotlight Event: 2nd Annual Sexual Misconduct Institute

November 6-9, 2016 in Kansas City, MO

If you work in student conduct or student affairs, you're likely aware of how serious the sexual assault crisis is on college campuses nationwide. You've heard about the rise in lawsuits from accused students, the unprecedented increase in complaints to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and you hope every day that your campus isn't the next high-profile case on the news like Brock Turner's.
Did you also know that United Educators, a firm that provides insurance and risk-management services to nearly 1,300 U.S. schools, found that reports of sexual-assault claims among its clients doubled from 2011 to 2013? And there are currently 253 sexual assault cases at 198 colleges and universities under investigation by the Department of Education.
Clearly, we must do better, and we must help our students do better. This means taking proactive measures to educate ourselves and our colleagues in the student conduct profession. There's no “one-size-fits-all” policy or procedure that works for all campuses but ASCA's Sexual Misconduct Institute provides members and non-members access to highly trained Title IX Coordinators and industry experts who understand the complexities created by the intersections of Title IX and student conduct and will train you on best practices for how to navigate difficult decision-making on a daily basis based on your campus-specific policies.
“Our goal is to build a well-rounded curriculum that touches not just on the investigation side of things, but also provides information about different adjudication models as well as sanctioning and reintegration,” explains Stacy Vander Velde, Director, Office of Student Conduct for West Virginia University and ASCA's Director for Public Institutions. “There aren't many trainings out there that focus on adjudication and sanctioning – many of them are solely focused on the investigation and interviewing skill set - which is where we focused our efforts last year when we first started this institute. This year, we're refining and building upon that curriculum. We have 10 modules that cover different areas that are instrumental in the work that we do when conducting an investigation or adjudication of any sexual misconduct related issue.”
Curriculum & Additional Resources
Participants will enhance their knowledge of compliance with United States federal regulation on sexual misconduct and practice skills to be effective in navigating compliance.
1.Recognize best practices for resolving a sexual misconduct from initial complaint through adjudication.  
2.Learn and practice investigation skills applicable to all parties being interviewed and other information gathering.
3.Acquire knowledge and insight to enhance individual cultural competency in order to understand their own identities and be able to better work with a diverse population of student during the investigative and adjudication process.  
4.Understand consent and, in particular, incapacitation as applied in student conduct.  
5.Identify trauma, secondary trauma, and self-care for all parties involved in the process.
  1. Compliance and Applicability
  2. The Collegiate Environment & Campus Climate
  3. Trauma-Informed Practice
  4. Consent & Incapacitation
  5. Due Process, Procedures, and the Rights of Complainants/Respondent/Witnesses
  6. Balancing Care with Compliance
  7. Cultural Competency
  8. Secondary Trauma and Self-Care
  9. Adjudication Models and Appeals
  10. Sanctioning and Reintegration
“Part of our goal is to provide participants with valuable tools they can take back to their respective campuses, whether that's sample letters, different models to consider, or just engaging in networking, mentoring and different activities in order to think through and analyze really difficult issues – particularly when we talk about how to determine if there was consent, or was the person incapacitated? As student conduct professionals, we are charged with making that determination – that can be a heavy burden to carry. It's very easy to carry this work with you all the time. We'll talk about strategies on how to set boundaries and think through how we address secondary trauma impacts that are common with caregivers.” – Stacy Vander Velde
Costs and registration details
If you haven't done your Title IX Training for the year, the Sexual Misconduct Institute fulfills your annual training requirements. Other programs cost, on average, $2,000 or more just for registration. The ASCA Sexual Misconduct Institute, offers that training at a fraction of the cost, with a curriculum designed by professionals who are doing student conduct work on a daily basis. The cost for members is $775 and non-members $875, which includes several meals included in the registration cost. Please register by October 23, 2016.
We look forward to seeing you!
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