Overview of Services

D. Stafford & Associates (DSA) offers various services for effectively responding to, managing and investigating sexual misconduct for Canadian institutions of higher education. DSA can also provide a broad range of consulting services for law enforcement, security, student life, human resources and compliance officers on campuses.

D. Stafford & Associates is a leading expert in addressing sexual misconduct on college and university campuses in North America. We help campus administrators implement best-practice response procedures by: reviewing and assisting in institutional policy development; trauma-informed, victim-centered response procedures; and complex administrative investigation support. D. Stafford & Associates also develops and facilitates custom training programs to teach non-criminal fact-finders how to conduct trauma-informed, victim-centered inquiries into complaints of sexual misconduct.

D. Stafford & Associates provides comprehensive services to Canadian colleges and universities with regard to response, management and investigation of sexual misconduct cases, to include:

  • Auditing existing sexual misconduct and discrimination policies and procedures;
  • Developing best-practice administrative policies, procedures and response protocols pertaining to the intake and resolution of sexual misconduct reports that take into account provincially specific law and procedural fairness;
  • Conducting Administrative investigations (non-criminal) and aiding the institution in appropriately adjudicating misconduct and discrimination utilizing a trauma-informed, victim-centered approach; and
  • Conducting on-site training for individual campuses to train students, faculty and administrators on best practices for preventing and responding to sexual misconduct on campus.

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Investigation of Sexual Misconduct for Canadian Institutions of Higher Education

Join colleges and universities from across Canada for a 3-day intensive seminar covering, in-depth, how administrators should approach sexual misconduct so institutions can resolve complaints effectively, mitigate risk, support students, and engage in data-driven education and prevention efforts. The program will also highlight how Canadian institutions can work with law enforcement and how a concurrent criminal investigation does not relieve the institution of its responsibility to take in and resolve complaints.
Some of the key topics that will be covered include:

  • Understanding the prevalence of rape and sexual assault, especially non-stranger campus rapes in Canada.
  • Recognizing how trauma impacts memory, reactions and behavior and how interpretation of this behavior impacts sexual misconduct investigations and adjudications.
  • Addressing special populations in investigations including male victims, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered students, Aboriginals, visible minorities, and persons with visible and hidden disabilities.
  • Managing the challenges to campus sexual misconduct including delayed and reluctant reports, substance-facilitated assaults and social-media as an ever-present tool for perpetration and retaliation.
  • Working collaboratively with other responders and support resources to include hospital-based victim care.
  • Discussing best practices for training and education programming for students, faculty and staff.
  • Discussing the legal framework in Canada including relevant federal law as well as provincial legislation and mandates.

This training program will feature expert faculty who have served as practitioners in campus public safety, human resource management, student conduct, and legal affairs for campuses across the United States and in Canada.

Current Classes

  • Investigation of Sexual Misconduct at Canadian Institutions of Higher Education

    Oct 18-20, 2016

    Hosted by Ontario Association of College and University Security Administrators (OACUSA)

  • Investigation of Sexual Misconduct at Canadian Institutions of Higher Education

    November 28-30, 2016

    University of British Columbia in Vancouver


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Consulting Services

Auditing existing sexual misconduct and discrimination policies and procedures

What campus policies and provincial laws govern the steps that should occur in a case of sexual misconduct?

D. Stafford & Associates blends thorough off-site document/policy review with stakeholder interviews to discover and assess what the institution has in place, and identify how existing systems and processes can be enhanced to ensure that they meet industry best practices and provincial law. Following a comprehensive audit, DSA can help schools create a unified policy/process that covers all aspects of sexual misconduct response.

Developing best-practice administrative policies, procedures and response protocols pertaining to the intake and resolution of sexual misconduct reports that take into account common law principles of procedural fairness.

How well does your campus respond when a sexual assault occurs?

D. Stafford & Associates works with campuses to evaluate the quality of the response across the campus community, including teaching campus administrators how to use a trauma-informed and victim-centered approach to sexual misconduct response while ensuring fairness to the accused. DSA can train public safety and campus administrators together on conducting and overseeing sexual misconduct investigations and recommend strategies and implementation plans for campus-wide training.

Conducting Administrative investigations (non-criminal) and aiding the institution in appropriately adjudicating misconduct and discrimination utilizing a trauma-informed, victim-centered approach.

D. Stafford & Associates provides independent administrative investigation services for campus clients. Our trained investigators can serve as consultants to your investigators or can conduct full investigations when an independent investigator is preferred.

On-site training for individual campuses: Training students, faculty and administrators on best practices for preventing and responding to sexual misconduct on campus.

D. Stafford & Associates can create custom training on a variety of sexual misconduct topics and deliver them on-site or via webinar specifically for your institution.


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