Higher Education Discrimination Law: Essential Updates for College and University Counsel

Although more than two years have passed since the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") issued its April 4, 2011 "Dear Colleague" Letter on sexual violence, many institutions are still struggling to comply with the law and respond appropriately to their campus communities in what are often difficult situations. The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination ("Campus SaVE") Act, which takes effect March 7, 2014, has only added to the already significant body of regulations and guidance with which institutions must comply.

This one-and-a-half day CLE workshop will address a wide range of issues related to student sexual misconduct, including campus culture, institutional policies, training and education, investigations, hearings, OCR compliance reviews and resolution agreements, and Title IX lawsuits. Sessions will consider some of the big picture issues, from the role campus culture plays to how to structure a Title IX team in a way that best meets your institution's needs. Speakers will also address some of the difficult questions related to sexual misconduct investigations and hearings, including how to ensure fair treatment for both the accused and the accuser, how to respond to requests for confidentiality, what interim measures may be appropriate, and how to handle evidence related to character and credibility. Registrants will also receive guidance on how to comply with the Campus SaVE Act and what lessons to take away from recent OCR compliance reviews and resolution agreements.

Join fellow NACUA members and other administrators for an opportunity to learn from experts and discuss areas of common concern. The program is designed for counsel, Title IX coordinators, and other campus administrators responsible for Title IX compliance. Register today!

Topics Will Include:

  • • Lessons learned from recent OCR compliance reviews and resolution agreements
  • • A conversation with OCR
  • • Drafting a sexual assault policy
  • • Conducting investigations
  • • Avoiding common pitfalls in student sexual assault hearings
  • • Defending a Title IX lawsuit
  • • Recent amendments to the Clery Act
  • • Issues related to study abroad programs

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