11/02/2010 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
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National Center for Higher Education Risk Management
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Samantha Dutill
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Investigating Campus Sexual Misconduct

An NCHERM Regional Seminar presented by W. Scott Lewis, J.D. and Saundra K. Schuster, J.D.

For years, campuses have sought models of resolution for campus sexual misconduct complaints that provide fairness, balance, and a measure of outcome satisfaction for the participants. We’ve tried adversarial hearings. Administrative hearings. Shuttle diplomacy. Mediation. Restorative justice. And, hybrids of each of these. For the most part, we’ve failed miserably. No one is ever happy. Justice is rarely done. Truth remains elusive. At best, we have tweaked our processes to minimize secondary victimization of complainants, but adding no further harm should not be our yardstick for success. Throw in the possibility of concurrent criminal prosecution, and the potential difficulties multiply.

Why can’t we get this right?

That’s simple. We’re trying to fit campus sexual misconduct into a student conduct/discipline framework like hazing, a roommate conflict, or some similar developmental challenge. With the wrong lens, you can’t take the right picture. Campus sexual misconduct is more accurately seen not as a conduct issue, but as a civil rights discrimination. When viewed through a civil rights and discrimination lens, the answer has been right there in front of our eyes for a long time. We resolve sexual harassment with an investigation model. We always have. And, very few people gripe about the process because it works. It’s humane, effective, efficient and can be integrated with relative ease into our current hearing and resolution models. We need to take a page from HR, and create a civil rights investigation model for addressing campus sexual misconduct. Civil rights investigation is not police-led investigation, and it is not the same as investigating a student conduct violation. It is a very specific, highly specialized skill-set. But, where do you to get the training you need in how to develop, implement and operate a civil rights investigation model for campus sexual misconduct? This event is designed for you.


This training will benefit you, whether you work in student affairs or student conduct and need a new model, or work in campus law enforcement or HR, and need to sharpen your civil investigation skills. In fact, anyone investigating any type of civil rights complaint will benefit from this training, including those investigating hate crimes, gender bias, racial, religious, ethic, and other discriminatory acts against any group or protected class. Prosecutors, sex crimes investigators, magistrates, victim advocates and judges are welcome too. Criminal justice authorities will gain insight into the campus process as well as picking up some investigation tips. Importantly, we’ll address the confluence of campus, civil and criminal processes, legal obligations that attach, and how we can all do our jobs cooperatively and collaboratively without obstructing each other.


9:00am – 10:15am -- A New Paradigm

• Comparative Resolution Models: Strengths and Weaknesses
o Adversarial/formal hearing models
o Informal hearing models
o Administrative hearings
o Critical Issues Boards/Sexual Misconduct Boards
o Mediation
o Shuttle diplomacy
o Restorative justice
• Meeting the aims of fairness, education, community protection, remedy and healing
• Introduction to the Civil Rights Paradigm

10:30am to noon -- The Civil Rights Investigation Model – Best Practices

• Who investigates?
o The investigation team model
o HR/Student conduct jurisdictional intersection issues
• Active v. passive accumulation of evidence
• Identification of witnesses
o Character witnesses
o Primary witnesses
o Secondary witnesses
o Expert witnesses
• Strategic investigation
o When to charge?
o When to question witnesses?
o When to question the respondent?
• Investigation best practices
o Questioning
o Recordkeeping
o Documentation
o Timeline
o Feeling the flow of evidence
 Flowcharting
 Identifying patterns
 Credibility issues

Noon to 1:00pm – Lunch

1:00pm to 2:30pm – Investigation Model Best Practices, Continued

• The Investigation Report
o Summarize your findings
o Tell a story and note gaps
o Make a finding on the question of policy violation, if the evidence suggests one
o Share your findings
• The Role of the Investigator
o In the hearing
o In sanctioning
o In remedial proceedings
• Hearing models and the Investigator
o Role as witness
o Influence on evidence
o Questioning
o Lying by witnesses
• The Investigation Model and Restorative Justice

2:45pm to 5:00pm – Mock Investigation

• Using a case study, participants will:
o Uncover evidence
o Follow the trail
o Question witnesses
o Conduct policy analysis
o Make a finding

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03/02/2010 (All day)
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Men’s Initiative for Jane Doe Inc.

Join JDI at the Massachusetts State House in Boston for a White Ribbon Day Proclamation Event, at 1pm on March 2nd, in Gardner Auditorium followed by a reception in Nurses Hall.

On March 2, 2010, men throughout Massachusetts will once again speak out to:

  • change societal attitudes and beliefs that perpetuate and make excuses for violence against women!
  • promote safety and respect in all relationships and situations!
  • build a network of resounding voices that will support and advance the initiatives and efforts of Jane Doe Inc. and its member organizations to promote the safety, liberty and dignity of survivors!

As part of an international human rights effort, the Massachusetts 2010 White Ribbon Day campaign will invite men and boys to be part of the solution in ending violence against women.

04/07/2010 (All day) to 04/09/2010 (All day)
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Massachsetts Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers

Welcome to the 12th Annual MASOC/MATSA conference. This year's conference will be held on April 7 (full day intensive training), April 8th (preconference), and April 9th (conference) at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center. In the last three years, the conference has sold out, so please register early.

This year they are adding a full day of intensive training for people who want to have an in depth look at important developments in this field. There will be full day workshops for those working with adults and those who focus on children and adolescents with sexual behavior problems. For more details on each day’s events see the conference agenda. The full conference brochure is also available for download in PDF format.

The prices for this year's conference are:

Full Day Intensive: $125
Preconference: $125
Conference day: $75
Discount for two days ($10 discount)
Discount for three days ($25 discount)

Qustions, contact or call Diane Langeilier at (413) 540-0712 X14.

08/17/2010 (All day) to 08/19/2010 (All day)
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Office for Victims of Crime-Training and Technical Assistance Center

This course is designed for victim service providers and allied professionals who develop and deliver training but do not have a formal background or extensive experience in adult education or instructional design. This interactive training helps participants build the knowledge and practical skills they need to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate quality-training programs. During the training, participants will apply new concepts and skills by developing a lesson plan for a training for their agency. In this training, participants will:

  • Learn the basic principles of adult learning.
  • Explore a range of training techniques and activities that meet the needs of those with different learning styles.
  • Prepare a lesson plan for a one-day training course that includes goals, objectives, a content outline, and an outline of activities.
  • Hone presentation skills by learning how to organize lectures and apply five principles of effective communication.
  • Examine ways to facilitate training, create a positive learning environment, and ensure productive group activities.
04/26/2009 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
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The Rape Crisis Center of Central Massachusetts, YWCA of Central Massachusetts / Daybreak, & Girls, Inc. of Worcester

Taking Steps is a 5k Walkathon that supports survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in Worcester County and promotes prevention of violence against women and children. Funds raised are shared among organizations within Central Massachusetts that are in the forefront of providing advocacy, counseling, shelter, safety and education. Your participation directly helps victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, their families, friends and communities.


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