Training Programs

Online Classes


Campus Security Authority Online Training Program

Now includes a Title IX Online Class


D. Stafford & Associates Online Sexual Assault Investigations Recertification (SAIR) Training Program

The Clery Act, as amended by the 2013 Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, requires that investigators (criminal, civil rights/Title IX/conduct) and hearing board members receive annual training on the issues related to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. They are required to receive annual training about how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of the victim and promotes accountability.

Attendees of the D. Stafford and Associates training programs, “Investigation of Sex Crimes for Campus Police and Public Safety Agencies” and “Title IX Coordinator/Investigator Class” are eligible to participate in the Online Sexual Assault Investigations Recertification training classes at a nominal cost, which will fulfill the annual training requirement under the Violence Against Women Act requirements of the Clery Act. DSA will produce a minimum of one required class per year (each class has at least two modules) for attendees to maintain their certification and each class will have featured quizzes to measure and assess learning.

The online training is delivered via a Learning Management System that can be accessed anytime. Attendees receive a certificate following the completion of the required on line class.

(NOTE: The on line training class is reserved for and limited to individuals who have graduated from the D. Stafford & Associates Investigation of Sex Crimes for Campus Police and Public Safety Agencies Class or the Title IX Coordinator/Investigator Class. DSA staff will verify that the person has graduated from one of these two classes prior to providing the registrant with a login and password to the system).

The Online Sexual Assault Investigations Recertification Program is available to graduates of the courses listed above at an annual cost of $89.00/person. If a registrant is also a registrant of the Online Domestic/Dating Violence and Stalking Investigations Recertification Training Program, the cost is reduced to an annual cost of $69.00/person.


D. Stafford & Associates Online Domestic/Dating Violence and Stalking Investigations Recertification Training Program

The Clery Act, as amended by the 2013 Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, requires that investigators (criminal, civil rights/Title IX/conduct) and hearing board members receive annual training on the issues related to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. They are required to receive annual training about how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of the victim and promotes accountability.

Attendees of the D. Stafford and Associates training program, “Investigation of Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking for Campus Police, Public Safety and Civil Rights (Conduct/Title IX) Investigators” are eligible to participate in the Online Domestic/Dating Violence and Stalking Investigations Recertification Training Program at a nominal cost, which will fulfill the annual training requirement under the Clery Act. DSA will produce a minimum of one required class per year (each class has at least two modules) for attendees to maintain their certification and each class will have featured quizzes to measure and assess learning.

The online training is delivered via a Learning Management System that can be accessed anytime. Attendees receive a certificate following the completion of the required on line class.

(NOTE: The on line training class is reserved for and limited to individuals who have graduated from the D. Stafford & Associates Investigation of Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking for Campus Police, Public Safety and Civil Rights (Conduct/Title IX) Investigators Class. DSA staff will verify that the person has graduated from this class prior to providing the registrant with a login and password to the system).

The DVDVS Recertification Program is available to graduates of the courses listed above at an annual cost of $89.00/person. If a registrant is also a registrant of the Online Sexual Assault Investigations Recertification Training Program, the cost is reduced to an annual cost of $69.00/person.

The Online Sexual Assault Investigations Recertification Program is available to graduates of the courses listed above at an annual cost of $89.00/person. If a registrant is also a registrant of the Online Domestic/Dating Violence and Stalking Investigations Recertification Training Program, the cost is reduced to an annual cost of $69.00/person.

In-Person Classes


The D. Stafford & Associates Clery Act Compliance Training Academy
(Formerly the Advanced Clery Act Training Class and Now Expanded and Enhanced)

The Clery Act Compliance Training Academy (formerly the Advanced Clery Act Training Class) is nationally recognized as the preeminent training program for teaching practitioners how to comply with the complex requirements of the Clery Act. The D. Stafford & Associates (DSA) team has provided instruction to more than 2,200 people since 2011. The Academy features expert instructors with significant knowledge, expertise and practical experience in conducting audits and training classes for DSA.

This five (5) day training academy is designed to be a comprehensive and intensive training experience. The Academy will include all elements of the Clery Act (which includes the 2008 HEOA security and safety requirements and the requirements of the Violence Against Women Act [VAWA] which became part of the law in 2013). This training academy experience will benefit individuals who have not had previous Clery Act training (we start with the basics and work into the advanced concepts) and those who want to enhance their knowledge of the law. The academy also includes a significant amount of training in classifying crimes according to UCR Guidelines. The academy features interactive instruction; group exercises; and use of an electronic testing system to reinforce the concepts learned in each block of instruction. Each attendee is provided with a pre-loaded thumb drive with more than 30 forms and documents that will assist the attendee in developing a system for compliance at their individual institution. The instructors review and explain the purpose and use of each document throughout the 5 days of instruction.

The Academy will also include an overview of the Title IX requirements and the intersections between Title IX and the Clery Act.

The Academy is an intensive 5 day class that is held from 8:00 am-5:00 pm on the first four days and 8:00 am-3:00 pm on the last day.

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Current Classes


  • DSA Clery Act Compliance Training Academy
    January 5-9, 2015
    University of Texas Arlington, TX


  • DSA Clery Act Compliance Training Academy
    April 6-10, 2015
    Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA


  • DSA Clery Act Compliance Training Academy
    April 27-May 1, 2015
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


  • DSA Clery Act Compliance Training Academy
    June 8-12, 2015
    Suffolk University, Boston, MA


  • DSA Clery Act Compliance Training Academy
    August 3-7, 2015
    Virginia Commonwealth U, Richmond. VA


  • DSA Clery Act Compliance Training Academy
    October 5-9, 2015
    UC Hastings, San Francisco, CA


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The Foundations of the Clery Act and The Foundations of Clery Act Compliance for Student Conduct Administrators

D. Stafford & Associates has partnered with the National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals (NACCOP) to develop and provide two 1.5 day Clery Act Training Classes.

The Foundations of the Clery Act (1.5 day)—this class will provide a basic overview of the requirements of the Clery Act and is suited for people who are new to the Clery Act. The class is appropriate for Public Safety/Police Staff members who are looking for an opportunity to attend a class with their bosses and colleagues who need to have a basic understanding of the Clery Act. We highly recommend that the appropriate staff members in the following areas attend to make sure they understand the complexities of the law and their role in the institution’s compliance activities: the General Counsel’s Office, Student Affairs, and the Title IX Unit, etc.

TO REGISTER, go to www.naccop.org

The Foundations of Clery Act Compliance for Student Conduct Administrators (1.5 days)—this class has been designed specifically for Student Conduct Administrators and will review how to classify offenses for Clery Act purposes. The class will explore key aspects of compliance for the student conduct administrator, including how to establish sound case review practices and how to configure records management systems optimally to promote Clery Act compliance.

TO REGISTER, go to www.naccop.org


Current Classes


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Campus Law Enforcement/Public Safety Legal Issues Certification

Click here for description and class schedule.


  • Legal Issues Forum
    November 16-18, 2015
    San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

  • Investigation of Sex Crimes for Campus Police and Public Safety Agencies

    This 3 day intensive training class is designed for campus police/public safety administrators and investigators (both sworn and non sworn) who have responsibility for conducting and overseeing sex crime investigations on their college campuses. The class is based on a Trauma Informed Approach and will focus on the neurobiological impact of trauma, the influence of societal myths and stereotypes, understanding perpetrator behavior with a goal of learning to conduct effective investigations. Attendees will learn how to fully investigate sex crimes in higher education from start to finish with special emphasis on complying with the Clery Act and Title IX regulations. This class is appropriate for sworn and non-sworn agencies from private and state institutions of higher education, as most campus public safety agencies are involved in some level of investigation of these types incidents on their respective campuses.

    The faculty includes high level campus law enforcement administrators who have significant experience in conducting and overseeing sex crime investigations on college campuses.

    Some of the key topics that will be covered are:

    • Understanding the prevalence of rape and sexual assault, especially non-stranger campus rapes.
    • Rape and its impact on the survivor.
    • Understanding how experiences impact victim trauma, memory, reactions and behavior and how officer interpretation of this behavior impacts sexual assault investigations.
    • Understand that victim disclosure often occurs in pieces over time and identify strategies for working with victims to facilitate trust and communication.
    • Understanding how key decisions made by law enforcement impact the progression of a sexual assault investigation.
    • How to develop strategies that postpone judgement regarding the validity of a case until a thorough investigation is completed.
    • Working cooperatively with survivors of sexual assault to effectively and efficiently investigate adult sexual assault crimes.
    • Working collaboratively with other responders and support resources to include hospital-based victim care.
    • The rape or sexual assault of Men
    • Considerations for investigating sex offenses against persons who identify as LGBTQ
    • Stranger vs Non-Stranger considerations
    • Substance Facilitated assaults
    • Reluctant Reporting/Late Reporting
    • Investigating:

      • Behavioral-Oriented Interviewing of Victims
      • Collection of Evidence
      • Report Writing
      • Suspect patterns, to include Grooming and Stalking
      • Suspect Interviews
    • Managing Retaliation and the Hostile Academic Environment
    • Working with your local prosecutor-Trial Preparation
    • Clery Act Considerations-Timely Warning, Immediate Notification
    • On-campus Judicial Process Considerations for Law Enforcement
    • Title IX Implications in your rape investigations—Managing Concurrent Investigations

    The curriculum for this class takes into consideration the guidance and recommendations contained in the “Promoting Effective Criminal Investigations of Campus Sex Crimes” Report that was published following the Campus Sex Crimes Forum that was conducted by U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victim of Crime (OVC), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). In addition, one of the instructors of this course participated in that national forum.

    Instructors:
    Adrienne Meador Murray, Chief of Police at Trinity Washington University
    John Vinson, Chief of Police at University of Washington
    Kerry Fankhauser, Associate Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at the University of Richmond
    Dolores Stafford, Retired Chief of Police at the George Washington University

    The Investigation of Sex Crimes for Campus Police and Public Safety Agencies class is a 3 day class that is held from 8:00 am-5:00 pm on the first two days and 8:00 am-3 pm on the last day.

    Once you graduate from the Investigation of Sex Crimes for Campus Police and Public Safety Agencies class, you will be eligible to sign up for the Online Sexual Assault Investigations Recertification Training Program to maintain your annual certification and meet the annual training requirements under the Clery Act.


    Current Classes

    • There are currently no classes scheduled.

    • Investigation of Sex Crimes for Campus Police and Public Safety Agencies
      March 24-26, 2015
      Anne Arundel CC, Baltimore, MD


    • Investigation of Sex Crimes for Campus Police and Public Safety Agencies
      July 28-30, 2015
      Maryville University, St. Louis, MO


    • Investigation of Sex Crimes for Campus Police and Public Safety Agencies
      October 5-7, 2015
      University of Tennessee at Knoxville, TN

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    Investigation of Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking for Campus Police, Public Safety and Civil Rights (Conduct/Title IX) Investigators

    This 3 day intensive training class is designed for campus police/public safety administrators and investigators (sworn, non-sworn, and Title IX/Civil Rights investigators) who have responsibility for conducting and overseeing dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking investigations on their college campuses. Attendees will learn how to fully investigate these additional “Clery Crimes” as defined by the Department of Education in the 2013 Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in higher education from start to finish with special emphasis on complying with the new VAWA regulations which amended the Clery Act and Title IX regulatory guidance.
    This class is appropriate for sworn and non-sworn agencies from private and state institutions of higher education, as most campus public safety agencies are involved in some level of investigation of these types incidents on their respective campuses. The class is also intended to provide civil rights investigators on campus with knowledge on how to investigate these offenses and to bring them to adjudication in the institution’s student conduct process.
    The faculty includes high level campus law enforcement administrators and Title IX Coordinators/Conduct Officers who have significant experience in conducting and overseeing dating violence, domestic violence and stalking criminal and civil rights investigations on college campuses.
    Some of the key topics that will be covered are::

    • Understanding the definitions of dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking as defined in the Clery Act, as amended by the 2013 Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act;
    • Understanding the prevalence and trends of dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking on college campuses in the United States;
    • How dating violence, domestic violence and stalking impact survivors, whether students or employees;
    • The role of the Internet, social media and other technology in perpetration of dv, dv and stalking cases;
    • Working cooperatively with survivors of intimate partner violence or stalking to effectively and efficiently investigate these crimes;
    • Working collaboratively with other responders and support resources to include hospital-based victim care;
    • Officer safety when responding to domestic violence calls;
    • Review of basic domestic violence dynamics, including issues of power and control;
    • Laws of search and seizure;
    • Avoiding mutual arrests in cases of domestic violence
    • How law enforcement or Public Safety can identify relevant federal and state statutory firearms prohibitions and seizure policies including protection order provisions.
    • Making predominant aggressor determinations including, interfacing with and interviewing primary/predominant aggressors;
    • How to assist victims in procuring protective orders/stay away orders and best-practice advice on how such orders will be maintained within the Police Department/Department of Public Safety and shared within the institution;
    • Men as victims and special considerations for law enforcement/Public Safety agencies;
    • Considerations for investigating intimate partner violence and stalking against persons who identify as LGBTQ
    • Behavioral-Oriented Interviewing of Victims
    • Assessing Dangerousness/Lethality
    • Collection of Evidence, including response to cyber-scenes;
    • Report Writing
    • Suspect patterns, to include Grooming and Stalking
    • Suspect Interviews
    • Managing Retaliation and the Hostile Academic Environment
    • Working with your local prosecutor-Trial Preparation
    • Clery Act Considerations-Timely Warning, Immediate Notification
    • How to discharge VAWA duties during investigation
    • On-campus Judicial Process Considerations
    • Title IX Implications in your investigations—Managing Concurrent Investigations

    The curriculum for this class takes into consideration the amendments to the Clery Act as amended by the 2013 Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and guidance from the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

    Instructors:
    Adrienne Meador Murray, Director of Training and Compliance Activities for D. Stafford & Associates and National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals
    Michael Glaubach, Captain, The George Washington University Police Department
    Dana Macaulay, JD, Private Practice in Family Law and former Student Affairs Professional at University of Kentucky and Hendrix College
    Jennifer Frank, Special Investigator for Crimes Against Women at the Plymouth State University Police Department

    The Investigation of Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking for Campus Police, Public Safety and Civil Rights (Conduct/Title IX) Investigators class is a 3 day class that is held from 8:00 am-5:00 pm on the first two days and 8:00 am-3 pm on the last day.

    Once you graduate from the Investigation of Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking for Campus Police, Public Safety and Civil Rights (Conduct/Title IX) Investigators class, you will be eligible to sign up for the Online Domestic/Dating Violence and Stalking Investigations Recertification Training Program to maintain your annual certification and meet the annual training requirements under the Clery Act.


    Current Classes

    • There are currently no classes scheduled.

    • Investigation of Domestic/Dating Violence and Stalking for Campus Police and Public Safety Agencies
      January 5-7, 2015
      Tulane University, New Orleans, LA


    • Investigation of Domestic/Dating Violence and Stalking for Campus Police and Public Safety Agencies
      August 3-5, 2015
      Hofstra University outside of NYC, NY

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    Title IX Coordinator/Investigator Class

    D. Stafford & Associates (DSA) has developed a 3.5 day Title IX Coordinator/Investigator Training class.
    This 3.5 day intensive training class is designed for campus administrators and investigators who have responsibility for conducting and overseeing Title IX compliance and sexual misconduct investigations on their college campuses. Attendees will learn how to manage and fully investigate a complaint of sexual misconduct, from sexual harassment to sexual assault, in higher education from start to finish with special emphasis on complying with the Clery Act and 1997, 2001, 2008 and 2011 guidance from the Office of Civil Rights. The class will include opportunities for discussion and participating in case studies and practical exercises.

    This training program will feature expert faculty, who serve as practitioners and lawyers serving on college campuses across the country in the areas of Title IX Compliance, Campus Law Enforcement, Student Conduct and Human Resources. Participants will be able to draw knowledge from networking with fellow Title IX coordinators and investigators.

    Every college and university in the country is required by the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights to have a campus Title IX Coordinator, and to identify that individual to the campus community as a contact point for a Title IX communications and grievances.

    This class is designed for College and University Title IX Coordinators and Deputy Coordinators; Investigators; and Administrators in Human Resources, Student Conduct and Student Affairs, General Counsel, Athletics, and Campus Law Enforcement/Public Safety.

    Some of the key topics that will be covered are:

    • Title IX Coordinator—who should serve? Who should investigate? Understanding institutional roles;
    • History, law, administrative regulation, case law and guidance around Title IX;
    • Understanding the prevalence of sexual harassment and violence, especially in higher education;
    • Rape and its impact on the survivor, especially those perpetrated by non-strangers;
    • Working cooperatively with complainants of sexual misconduct to effectively and efficiently investigate and conduct administrative hearings;
    • Role of Coordinator, to include intake of complaints, what constitutes “notice”, confidentiality vs privacy, assessing trends and patterns of offenders on campus;
    • Role of Investigators, to include training, requests for confidentiality, dealing with reluctant victims, gathering evidence, assessing credibility, and managing outside law enforcement;
    • Understanding perpetrators;
    • Considerations for investigating sexual misconduct against persons who identify as LGBTQ;
    • Clery Act Considerations-Timely Warning, Immediate Notification

    Instructors:
    Beth Devonshire, Eqs. and Director of Community Standards and Title IX Coordinator at Stonehill College
    Adrienne Meador Murray, Director of Training and Compliance Activities for D. Stafford & Associates and National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals
    Kerry Fankhauser, Associate Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Westhampton College (University of Richmond)
    Cathy Cocks, Director of Community Standards, University of Connecticut
    Dolores Stafford, Retired Chief of Police at the George Washington University

    Title IX Coordinator/Investigator Training is a 3 day class that is held from 8:00 am-5:00 pm each day and 8:00 am-2 pm on Day 4.

    Once you graduate from the Title IX Coordinator/Investigator class, you will be eligible to sign up for the Online Sexual Assault Investigations Recertification Training Program to maintain your annual certification and meet the annual training requirements under the Clery Act.


    Current Classes


      Title IX Coordinator/Investigator Training
      May 18-21, 2015
      Villanova University, Outside Philadelphia, PA


    • Title IX Coordinator/Investigator Training
      Oct 27-30, 2015
      University of Texas Arlington (outside Dallas), TX

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Planning a Response to an Active Shooter Situation by Unarmed Campus Agencies

Designed for Command Level Staff Members of Unarmed Campus Security, Public Safety or Police Departments

D. Stafford & Associates has developed a training course designed for supervisory and administrative level employees who have responsibility for developing and implementing plans and response protocols; and/or who may be leading or overseeing such a response at the tactical or administrative level. Our associates who developed this course have various instructor level certifications, which include being instructors for Active Shooter Response through the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA); Instructors in Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings (IRTB) through DHS; and are trained in Behavioral Threat Assessment.

The planning recommendations for response to an active shooter incident that are presented in this course are based on an all hazards approach. This 20 hour course will assist an unarmed department in understanding the basics of active shooter response by armed LE agencies who may have a longer response time than the unarmed campus police/public safety department and how the unarmed agency can facilitate an appropriate response, prevent loss of life, and provide intelligence and information to the appropriate stakeholders. This course covers all of the aspects of a response to this type of incident and assists the Campus Department in developing a response plan that facilitates the stabilization of the incident and can integrate into the response plans of the other responding agencies.

Training for response to an active shooter incident has become a necessity for armed campus agencies, and is predominantly a requirement for municipal agencies where the campuses are located. Unarmed departments must also prepare for this type of potential incident and there has not been focus on training unarmed departments, be it police, public safety or security, about what their agencies can do to prepare to respond to an active shooter on their campuses. This course is designed to fill that void.

Typical training programs facilitated by experts in the field primarily focus on the tactics of an armed response. The unarmed campus department personnel may already be on the scene at the time of an incident, and will be expected to assist with the overall public safety response. The training provided by this course will be modular, to allow departments to adapt some or all of the concepts into their existing policies, protocols and training programs.

If you are interested in having us provide this training program for and at your individual campus, please contact us at dolores@DStaffordandAssociates.com for more information.


Current Classes

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Future Classes

  • October 3, 2010
    Washington State (Exact Location TBD)

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NIMS Training

D Stafford & Associates has certified instructors available to assist an agency in developing a plan to become NIMS compliant and can provide agency specific training in IS300 and IS400, including developing and implementing specific tabletop exercises to enhance the knowledge and understanding of how the concepts in the 300 and 400 level courses apply to the specific response plans developed for a particular campus. NIMS IS100, IS200 IS700, and IS800 are on line courses through FEMA. Our consultants can facilitate the completion of those on line courses, if necessary.


Current Classes