Investigation of Sexual Misconduct and Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking Training Class
D. Stafford & Associates (DSA) conducts a 4-day (5 shorter days for virtual version) intensive training class designed for Title IX, Student Conduct, and Human Resources Investigators and campus police/public safety administrators and investigators (both sworn and non-sworn) who have responsibility for conducting and overseeing sexual misconduct investigations (including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking) on college and university campuses.
In this comprehensive course, participants will learn how to investigate reports of sexual misconduct in higher education, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. The course will break down the elements of each offense and through practical application, participants will receive tools for conducting complete, fair, and impartial investigations from start to finish that protects the safety of all parties and promotes accountability. This class 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 and will include discussion around state laws.
Some of the key topics that will be covered are:
- Review of relevant laws, regulations, and guidance that impact investigations
- The elements of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking
- Considerations when investigating dating and domestic violence
- Conducting concurrent criminal and civil rights investigations
- Understanding consent and incapacitation
- Interviewing techniques, including credibility and relevancy determinations
- Issues of relevance to create an investigative report that fairly summarizes relevant evidence
- Understanding the campus adjudication process
- Serving impartially and avoiding conflicts of interest and bias in the Title IX grievance processes
Who Should Attend
This class is appropriate for Title IX investigators and other administrators/staff conducting administrative investigations into claims of sexual misconduct, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, including personnel in campus police/public safety who are involved in conducting criminal or civil rights investigations into these claims.
- For the Campus Police/Public Safety Investigator: This class is appropriate for personnel from sworn and non-sworn agencies from both public and private institutions of higher education who are involved in investigating these types of incidents on their respective campuses. The class will discuss the criminal investigative considerations in addition to the civil rights process. The class will also discuss the intersection of civil rights investigations and concurrent criminal investigations.
- For the Conduct/Title IX Civil Rights Investigator: This class is appropriate for individuals involved in the investigation of these types of incidents regardless of the type, nature, size, or structure of the institution or the investigation/conduct process. This class will discuss the civil rights investigative considerations in addition to the law enforcement concurrent criminal investigation and provide strategies on how to conduct concurrent investigations.
Attendees of this class will be certified through D. Stafford & Associates. Certification verifies attendance at this class and can serve as an institution’s documentation that the attendee has received training that addresses issues related to sexual assault, including how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability.
Persons who successfully complete this class will be eligible to enroll in the online Sexual Assault Investigations Recertification Training Program and/or the Online Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking Investigations Recertification Training Program to help meet the annual training requirement of the Clery Act, as amended by the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 2013.
This class will feature expert faculty with educational backgrounds in criminal justice, education administration, or law who serve or who have served as practitioners on college and university campuses throughout the country in the areas of Title IX compliance, campus police/public safety, student conduct, and/or human resources.
The faculty have significant experience in conducting and overseeing sexual misconduct/assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking investigations (criminal and civil rights) on college and university campuses.
In-Person Classes: This class is held in various locations around the country each year. The class is held from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm each day.
Virtual Classes: The live, virtual classes are held for five days, Monday through Friday, from 11:00am – 5:00pm.
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Current In-Person Options
There are no remaining in-person options for 2022. Information about 2023 options will be posted by late Fall 2022.
Current Virtual Options
There are no remaining virtual options for 2022. Information about 2023 options will be posted by late Fall 2022.