Training Programs

Online Classes

Campuses can purchase an Online Training Center that contains various courses to allow campuses to get into compliance by training their Campus Security Authorities-CSAs (under the Clery Act) and Responsible Employees-REs (under Title IX) on the requirements of both laws. As of 2015, the system offers course options for CSAs and REs that are also complaint with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).


Online VAWA Adjudicator Training Program (Coming Soon)

DSA is a Corporate Sponsor of NACCOP (www.NACCOP.org)

In 2013, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 amended the Clery Act, in part, to require that officials involved in the student conduct process receive “annual training on the issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and on how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability.”

The National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals (NACCOP) has developed, in consultation with subject matter experts and student conduct administrators who are recognized as leaders in the field, an online VAWA Adjudicator Training Program specifically designed for institutional officials involved in the adjudication of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking offenses involving students (collectively, “sexual misconduct”).

Institutional officials who may benefit from this training program may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Students, Faculty and Staff/Administrators involved in the adjudication of sexual misconduct; and
  • Students, Faculty, Staff/Administrators involved in the consideration of any appeals involving sexual misconduct, as well as senior institutional leaders such as Vice Presidents, President/Chancellor, and/or members of institutional governance boards to whom students may appeal findings and/or sanctions pursuant to institutional, system-wide or state policies

Program Benefits

This online, self-paced training program will provide participants with an affordable, convenient way to meet the VAWA annual training requirement. Each campus will be able to enroll their own learners into a customized training portal in which they can manage enrollments, monitor program completion, and run administrative reports. Learners will be provided with a certificate of completion following successful fulfillment of all program modules and related assessments.

Clery Compliance Officer Certification Program

DSA is a Corporate Sponsor of NACCOP (www.NACCOP.org)

The NACCOP Clery Compliance Officer Certification Program (CCO Certification Program) is designed for eligible employees of colleges and universities who want to benefit from NACCOP’s unmatched practical expertise in leading and managing Clery Act compliance activities.

The CCO Certification Program will provide participants with the opportunity to immerse themselves in a comprehensive professional development program that leads to a professional credential from the only association serving the needs of Clery compliance officers and professionals.

Why Should You Participate?

The purpose of the CCO Certification Program is to provide a professional-level credential for practitioners involved in managing Clery Act compliance activities at their respective colleges and universities. The certification will demonstrate the candidate’s successful completion of a rigorous combination of educational initiatives that will prepare them to effectively lead their institution’s Clery Act compliance program.

In addition to receiving comprehensive instruction through a series of in-person, online and on-demand programs, participants will receive personalized attention and feedback from the leaders of NACCOP as they work through the various components of the Certification Program.

Why Should Your Institution Support Your Participation in the CCO Certification Program?

The Clery Act is a complex and ever-evolving law riddled with ambiguous rules with many exceptions. The consequences of noncompliance are far-reaching for institutions. Fines and reputational damage stemming from negative media attention are just the tip of the iceberg for institutions that have been subject to a Department of Education program review that identified one or more violations of the Clery Act.

By supporting participation in the CCO Certification Program, institutions are making a strategic investment in the professional development of personnel involved in Clery compliance activities to mitigate the risk of noncompliance that stems from a poorly designed and/or executed compliance program.

Institutions have a responsibility to ensure that the personnel involved in managing Clery Act compliance activities have the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to effectively lead the institution’s Clery Act compliance program. The CCO Certification Program will provide participants with expert instruction related to the foundational aspects of Clery compliance activities. The program also provides a mechanism for assessing participants’ knowledge and understanding of the law, as program participants must demonstrate they have mastered essential concepts prior to completing the Certification Program and claiming the associated credential (Certified Clery Compliance Officer). Employees completing the program will be in an outstanding position to enhance their service to the sponsoring institution by bolstering its capacity to get into and/or maintain compliance with the Clery Act.

Persons interested in learning more about the CCO Certification Program, including information about Program Eligibility, Requirements, Costs, and the application process or to apply for the program–visit the NACCOP website at www.NACCOP.org

Online VAWA Training Program for Students and Employees

Provided by DSA Corporate Sponsor 360 Stay Safe

Campuses can purchase an online training program that accomplishes two primary goals for institutions of higher education:

  • The VAWA Compliance Program provides a Primary Prevention Program for new students and new employees and Ongoing Prevention and Awareness Program for current students and current employees to assist campuses with coming into compliance with the training requirements of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
  • The Building Community Program teaches students, faculty and staff about creating a safe and healthy campus community where they take care of themselves, look out for one another, and make choices to enhance their safety and the safety of others.

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.

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 adjudication 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, Public Safety and Conduct/Title IX Civil Rights Investigators: Conducting Trauma-Informed Investigations” and “Title IX Coordinator/Investigator Class” are eligible to participate in the Online Sexual Assault Investigations Recertification training classes, 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 include a quiz 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 online class.

(NOTE: The online training class is reserved for and limited to individuals who have graduated from the D. Stafford & Associates Investigation of Sex Crimes for Campus Police, Public Safety and Conduct/Title IX Civil Rights Investigators: Conducting Trauma-Informed Investigations 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.

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 DVDVS Investigations Recertification training classes, 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 include a quiz 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 online class.

(NOTE: The online 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 the required class prior to providing the registrant with a login and password to the system.

The Online DVDVS 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 Sexual Assault Investigations Recertification Training Program, the cost is reduced to an annual cost of $69.00/person.

In-Person Classes

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 3,000 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, the requirements of the Violence Against Women Act [VAWA] which became part of the law in 2013, and the class includes changes that were made as a result of the updated Department of Education Clery Act Handbook released in June 2016). 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-IL

    October 3-7, 2016

    Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL

  • DSA Clery Act Compliance Training Academy-CA

    January 9-13, 2017

    Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA

  • DSA Clery Act Compliance Training Academy-GA

    March 27-31, 2017

    Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA (outside Atlanta)

  • DSA Clery Act Compliance Training Academy-TX

    May 22-26, 2017

    University of Houston in Houston, TX

  • DSA Clery Act Compliance Training Academy-MA

    June 5-9, 2017

    Suffolk University in Boston, MA

  • DSA Clery Act Compliance Training Academy-AZ

    October 23-27, 2017

    Arizona State University in Glendale, AZ

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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

Foundations of Clery Act Compliance for Student Conduct Administrators

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


Campus Law Enforcement/Public Safety Legal Issues Certification

Click here for description and class schedule.

  • Legal Issues Forum

    November 14-16, 2016

    Stanley Security Offices in Boston, MA

  • Legal Issues Forum

    November 14-16, 2017

    University of Colorado Denver (Anschutz Medical Campus), Denver CO

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    Investigation of Sex Crimes for Campus Police, Public Safety and Conduct/Title IX Civil Rights Investigators: Conducting Trauma Informed Investigations

    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.

    For the Law Enforcement/Public Safety Investigators: 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.

    For the Conduct/Title IX Civil Rights Investigators: This class will focus on the criminal investigation with special emphasis on the intersections between the criminal and administrative/Title IX processes.

    The faculty includes experienced campus administrators who have significant experience in conducting and overseeing sex crime and sexual misconduct 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 trauma, memory, reactions and behavior and how an investigator’s 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 suspend judgment 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
    • Investingating:
      • 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 Student Conduct 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. The class is also informed by the guidance and resources provided by the White House Task Force To Protect Students From Sexual Assault.

    Instructors (note: each class is taught by a combination of the following instructors):

    Dolores Stafford, Retired Chief of Police at the George Washington University, President & CEO of D.Stafford & Associates, and Founding Executive Director of the National Association of Clery Compliance Officer & Professionals (NACCOP)

    Adrienne Meador Murray, Director of Training and Compliance Activities for D. Stafford & Associates and the National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals (NACCOP).

    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

    Ann Todd, J.D., Coordinator of Compliance Activities for D. Stafford & Associates

    The Investigation of Sex Crimes 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-3:00 pm on the last day.

    Once you graduate from the Investigation of Sex Crimes for Campus Police, Public Safety and Conduct/Title IX Civil Rights Investigators: Conducting Trauma Informed Investigations, you will be eligible to sign up for the Online Sexual Assault Investigations Recertification (SAIR) Training Program to maintain your annual certification and meet the annual training requirements under the Clery Act.


    Current Classes

    3 Day Class: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day (until 3pm on Day 3)

  • Investigation of Sex Crimes-NY

    November 21-23, 2016

    Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

  • Investigation of Sex Crimes for Campus Police, Public Safety and Conduct/Title IX Civil Rights Investigators-RI

    March 28-30, 2017

    Brown University in Providence, RI

  • Investigation of Sex Crimes for Campus Police, Public Safety and Conduct/Title IX Civil Rights Investigators-WA

    August 1-3, 2017

    University of Washington, Seattle, WA

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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 (note: each class is taught by a combination of the following 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

    Steve Rittereiser, Major, Office of Professional Standards and Training at the University of Washington

    Tammy Barletto, Instructor and Investigator for D. Stafford and Associates

    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

    3 Day Class: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day (until 3pm on Day 3)

    • Investigation of Domestic Violence/Dating Violence and Stalking-MA

      August 1-3, 2016

      University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA

    • Investigation of Domestic Violence/Dating Violence and Stalking-KS

      October 3-5, 2016

      Kansas City Kansas Community College in Kansas City, KS

    • Investigation of Domestic Violence/Dating Violence and Stalking-PA

      June 6-8, 2017

      Villanova University, in Villanova, PA (outside Philadelphia)

    • Investigation of Domestic Violence/Dating Violence and Stalking-GA

      October 16-18, 2017

      Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA (outside Atlanta)

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    Title IX Coordinator/Investigator Class

    D. Stafford & Associates (DSA) conducts a 3.5 day Title IX Coordinator/ Investigator Training class that is held in various locations around the country each year.

    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 (note: each class is taught by a combination of the following instructors):

    Beth Devonshire, Esq. Director of Student Conduct at Bridgewater State University

    Adrienne Meador Murray, Director of Training and Compliance Activities for D. Stafford & Associates and National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals

    Ann Todd, Esq. Coordinator of Compliance Activities (DSA) and as a Senior Investigator on the Title IX Investigations Team. Formerly the Assistant Director of Human Resources at Davidson College.

    Kerry Fankhauser, Associate Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Westhampton College (University of Richmond)

    Dolores Stafford, Retired Chief of Police at the George Washington University

    Title IX Coordinator/Investigator Training is a 3.5 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

    4 Day Class: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day (until 2pm on Day 4)

    • Title IX Coordinator/Investigator Training-CA

      October 31 – November 3, 2016

      Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

    • Title IX Coordinator/Investigator Training-IL

      May 23-26, 2017

      Northern Illinois University – Naperville Campus, Naperville, IL

    • Title IX Coordinator/Investigator Training-TN

      Oct 24-27, 2017

      University of Tennessee, in Knoxville, TN

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Advanced Investigations Course: Investigations of Sexual Misconduct Conducting Trauma Informed Investigations Designed for Campus Police/Public Safety/Title IX & Conduct Officers

This 4 ½ day intensive Advanced Course, called Advanced Investigations Course: Investigations into Sexual Misconduct is a practical application course specifically designed for graduates of the D. Stafford & Associates “Investigation of Sex Crimes for Campus Police, Public Safety and Civil Rights (Conduct/Title IX) Investigators: Conducting Trauma Informed Investigations” class (formerly called: Investigations of Sex Crimes for Campus Police/Public Safety Agencies) and/or the “Title IX Coordinator/Investigator Class” to build on the skills learned by attendees in the previous courses.

This course allows the attendee to build knowledge and develop key skills by actively applying their investigative skills during the training course. There will be a case study involving a sexual misconduct case that will be a part of the practical application exercises each day. Attendees will actively participate throughout the course by navigating through advanced topics, including:

  • Investigating and Managing Sexual Misconduct Cases from A to Z—Practical step by step guidance for conducting a sexual misconduct investigation (including receiving a DSA Model Report Writing Template for use in this class and future investigations.)
  • Advanced Interviewing Techniques—learning trauma-informed advanced behavioral interviewing techniques and learning how to apply them to your investigations. (Attendees will learn how to appropriately question and will utilize techniques used by successful investigators to actively participate.)
  • Technology—using technology in sexual misconduct investigations, such as social media and other commonly used technologies. (Attendees should bring their laptops so they can actively apply the concepts with the assistance of the instructor.)
  • Statement Analysis–investigative statement analysis is the structured examination of a person’s verbatim words. It is an investigative tool that gives insight into a person’s thoughts, motives and ideas to help recognize truthfulness and detect possible deception. (Attendees will be actively using the concepts learned in class with statements provided by the instructor.)

This 4 ½ day advanced active training opportunity will include lecture as well as providing ample opportunities for practical application of the concepts learned, as attendees will actively apply what they learn throughout the course to successfully manage the case study investigation.

This class will bring together sworn law enforcement, non-sworn public safety and civil rights investigators to conduct the investigation with a key takeaway being attendees understanding some of the intersections that lie between these two types of investigations, how they can work concurrently, and how schools and law enforcement can best collaborate to successfully investigate the case for purposes of compliance with Title IX as well as bringing appropriate cases forward for purposes of criminal prosecution.

Instructors for this course include seasoned criminal and civil rights investigators as well experts from the private sector and government. This course meets the requirements of training as required by Title IX and the Clery Act as amended by the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 2013.

Overview of Course Schedule

Day 1 8am-5pm

Investigating and Managing Sexual Misconduct Cases from A to Z Using a Trauma-Informed Approach

Day 2 8am-5pm

8am-10am Introduction to Case Study

10am-4pmUsing Technology to Actively Investigate Sexual Misconduct (Attendees must bring laptops)

4pm-5pm Debrief-Case Study

Day 3 8am-5-pm

8am-4pm Statement Analysis (all materials provided by instructor)

4pm-5pm Debrief-Case Study

Day 4 8am-5pm

8am-4pm Advanced Interviewing Techniques

4pm-5pm Debrief-Case Study

Day 5 8am-12noon

Case Study Conclusion

Prerequisite:

Persons who register for this advanced course must be a graduate of the D. Stafford & Associates “Investigation of Sex Crimes for Campus Police, Public Safety and Civil Rights (Conduct/Title IX) Investigators: Conducting Trauma Informed Investigations Class” (formerly called: Investigations of Sex Crimes for Campus Police/Public Safety Agencies) and/or the “Title IX Coordinator/Investigator Class.”

If you want to verify whether or not you completed one of the required courses listed above, contact kristi@dstaffordandassociates.com. DSA will verify that each registrant has completed the required prerequisite after each attendee has registered. You will be notified if you are not eligible to attend this class.


Current Classes

  • Advanced Investigations of Sexual Misconduct

    October 10-14, 2016

    Montgomery College (Germantown Campus), Germantown, MD

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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 online courses through FEMA. Our consultants can facilitate the completion of those online courses, if necessary.


Current Classes