Title IX & Civil Rights

The components of a sound compliance program can change frequently
and quickly as a result of changes in the law, regulations, and new case decisions and guidance.
Are your procedures up to date, and are your staff
and students knowledgeable about the requirements?

AUDITS

Civil rights laws, regulations, case decisions and guidance may change faster than your ability to update your policy language and procedures. Are you sure that your policy is compliant and that all of the components of your institution are using procedures that are consistent with your policy and each other?

INCompliance consultants are familiar with the requirements and best practices and can help you identify what is happening, what should be happening, and the steps you can take toward compliance. Services include:

  • Policy review
  • “On the Ground” procedural review
  • Tabletop exercises
  • Template review

We can help your organization plan or fine-tune its response to allegations of discrimination and harassment
of all types.

TRAINING

Title IX and civil rights investigators and adjudicators should undergo training on an annual basis. INCompliance provides highly interactive training on how to conduct trauma-informed investigations, how to conduct interviews to obtain the evidence necessary for evaluating policy violations and credibility, and how to consider questions regarding consent and incapacitation, and we allow your team to participate in experiential exercises to help put theory into practice.

Our most popular two-day training program includes hands-on exercises with plenty of time and space for debate among participants. However, all of our training programs can be extensively customized to include timely topics, such as:

  • Key laws, regulations, and guidance
  • Recent case law
  • Overview of the investigative process
  • Prohibited conduct
  • Harassment and discrimination in the employment setting
  • Confidentiality and privacy requirements
  • Reporting obligations
  • Myths and realities of sexual violence and intimate partner violence
  • The impact of trauma, including neurobiological changes
  • Trauma-informed investigative practices
  • The role of culture in investigations
  • Keeping parties safe during an investigation – interim measures of protection
  • Group-based misconduct, such as hazing
  • Consent
  • Incapacitation
  • Resolving credibility disputes and weighing evidence
  • Making responsibility determinations
  • Writing clear and thorough reports
  • Sanctioning

Feel free to contact our knowledgeable consults to help you identify a program to fit your training needs

INVESTIGATIONS

When allegations of misconduct are made, an investigation is critical to resolving the situation and moving forward. INCompliance offers prompt, impartial and comprehensive investigations regarding serious allegations in areas including:

  • Sexual misconduct and harassment under Title IX and Title VII
  • Racial discrimination and harassment
  • Disability discrimination and harassment
  • Discrimination and harassment on the basis of age, religion, nationality, or other protected traits
  • Hazing
  • Faculty misconduct
  • Teacher misconduct
  • Student misconduct
  • Child abuse
  • Ethics concerns
  • Booster groups and foundations
  • Group-based misconduct (e.g., athletics, marching band, fraternities and sororities, etc.)

Our investigators are particularly experienced and sensitive with regard to the unique challenges of investigating campus-based sexual misconduct, sexual violence and hazing allegations. We have undergone trauma-informed training and have the added benefit of understanding the potential intersection between sexual misconduct, safety concerns, sensitive employment issues, media involvement, public records laws and the need for prompt, impartial and effective resolution of these matters.

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