The U.S. Department of Education’s new Title IX Rule takes effect Friday, August 14, 2020. Pursuant to the new rule, colleges and universities are required to prepare and implement a wide range of new policy and procedural requirements. These requirements focus on the resolution of allegations of sexual misconduct on campus, and touch on nearly every aspect of the process, from the initial response to the management of appeals
To assist institutions in their efforts to comply with the new rule’s requirements, Thompson Coburn’s Higher Education Practice created a six-part Title IX Training Series, which assists institutions to comply with the significant training requirements in the new rule. This online lecture series provides foundational training for those individuals who will be administering the new Title IX process, including Title IX coordinators, investigators, advisors, hearing officers and appeal officers. Thompson Coburn welcomes institutions to use the Title IX Training Series at their discretion, and to include the lectures on their external websites (as required by the new rule). RHSHS utilizes the following training modules from Thompson Coburn:
- Module 1 – Fundamentals of the Law: http://content.thompsoncoburn.com/video/Module-1-Fundamentals-of-the-Law.mp4
- Starting with a background and history of Title IX, the module details key definitions, elements of a sufficient response to “Title IX sexual harassment,” interim and supportive measures and recordkeeping requirements.
- Module 2 – Formal Complaints: http://content.thompsoncoburn.com/video/Module-2-Formal-Complaints.mp4
- The module details the ten core requirements for a formal complaint process and explains the requirements regarding dismissals and consolidation of complaints.
- Module 3 – Investigations & Informal Resolutions: http://content.thompsoncoburn.com/video/Module-3-Investigations-and-Informal-Resolutions.mp4
- The module explores key concepts, notice requirements, confidentiality, evidence, serving impartially, issues of relevance, interviews, credibility determinations, collection and review of documentation and writing investigative reports. The module also explains the regulation’s requirements regarding informal resolutions.
- Module 4 – Hearings: http://content.thompsoncoburn.com/video/Module-4-Hearings.mp4
- The module delves into key concepts, the live hearing requirement, advisors, managing cross-examination, relevance, credibility, burden of proof, evidence and legal privileges.
- Module 5 – Determinations: http://content.thompsoncoburn.com/video/Module-5-Determinations.mp4
- The module covers key concepts, the format and content of determinations, organizing facts and thoughts, excluding facts in evidence, weighing facts under applicable evidentiary standards, types of evidence, effective deliberations and writing a defensible determination.
- Module 6 – Appeals: http://content.thompsoncoburn.com/video/Module-6-Appeals.mp4
- The module details key concepts, bases for appeal, drafting appeal decisions and requirements for appeal officers.