We know what it’s like to do the work.

Even though many of us are lawyers, we are not a law firm. We’ve been where you’ve been and we understand the challenges that come with the job. Given our experienced and engaged training team, you’ll feel so prepped and ready for the work that you may want to run through our Title IX flower field—bug, allergy and burden free.

TRAINING OFFERINGS

Title IX Coordinator

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1) From One Title IX Coordinator to Another: A Practical Approach to Navigating Beyond Compliance 

The role of the Title IX Coordinator is increasingly complicated. Title IX compliance continues to shift at federal and local levels and the role of the Title IX Coordinator is constantly evolving. This comprehensive course will provide those serving in this critical role with an up-to-date overview of legal requirements and practical strategies for developing and implementing a Title IX program that is legally compliant and best serves campus communities.

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2) Advanced Title IX Coordinator: A Practical and Experiential Approach to Navigating Investigations

This training is for investigators who want to expand their knowledge base. In addition to best practices and legal requirements, this training will provide attendees with a hands on and practical training that allows experienced investigators to sharpen their skills.

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Title IX Advisor

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Being an Effective Title IX Advisor: From Investigation to Hearing

Advisors play a critical role throughout the investigation and adjudication of Title IX matters. This training provides an overview of the role of a Title IX advisor as set forth in the May 2020 Final Title IX Regulations.Attendees will learn about the advisor’s role throughout each stage of the Title IX resolution process, from the filing of the formal complaint through the investigation, hearing, and appeal.

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Title IX Investigations

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1) Conducting Fair, Thorough, and Trauma-Informed Sexual Violence Investigations

This training provides a detailed overview of best practices for investigating and adjudicating reports of sexual harassment and sexual and interpersonal violence. It addresses the practical application of trauma-informed principles when conducting fair, neutral, and thorough investigations.

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2) Intermediate Investigator Training

This training is for investigators who are looking to further develop their skills in conducting investigations. The training is best suited for those who have received the introductory training, Conducting Fair and Thorough Trauma Informed Investigations or for practitioners who have three or more years of experience. This Intermediate training will provide a more in depth look into the investigative process and strategy for conducting investigation and building your report with the decision maker in mind.

3) Advanced Investigator Training: A Practical and Experiential Approach to Navigating Investigations

This training is for investigators who want to expand their knowledge base. In addition to best practices and legal requirements, this training will provide attendees with a hands on and practical training that allows experienced investigators to sharpen their skills.

Title IX Investigative Report Writing

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Title IX Investigative Report Writing Workshop

You’ve conducted the investigation, gathered all of the evidence, asked all of the questions. Now, how do you put it all together in a report that is clear, comprehensive, and accurate? This investigative report writing workshop is a hands-on comprehensive course that will enable participants to develop and refine skills related to writing investigation reports pursuant with federal law and in accordance with best practice.

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Title IX Hearings

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Decision Makers: Conducting Fair, Equitable, and Compliant Title IX Hearings

Join Grand River subject-matter experts for our two-part virtual training to ensure that you and your staff are well-trained on issues surrounding due process, sexual violence, and equitable hearing procedures. This training provides attendees with extensive knowledge and hands-on practice opportunities to feel confident in their ability to conduct hearings. Whether you are a Title IX Coordinator, hearing officer, hearing coordinator, or need to work through the intricacies of setting up and running a smooth hearing, this training is for you.

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Facilitating Alternative Resolutions

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Learn best practices and critical skills for conducting alternative resolutions.

Participants learn about the different types of resolution process and when to use which type, as well as useful techniques and strategies to conduct successful resolution processes. The training will also cover practical tips for conducting resolution processes impartially and how to avoid prejudgment, conflicts of interest, and bias as a facilitator of alternative resolutions. Facilitating Formal Resolutions includes the requirements under the May 2020 Title IX Regulations for facilitators of alternative resolution.

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Pregnancy and Parenting Under Title IX

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The US Department of Education prohibits discrimination against students who are pregnant (including false and terminated pregnancies) and/or have given birth. Pregnant and parenting students must be allowed equal access to education, extracurricular, and athletic opportunities, though special programs for pregnant students may be provided, if voluntary. In this session, we will discuss the law and regulations and some considerations for ensuring equal access.

The agenda includes:

  • Pregnant and parenting student rights under Title IX.
  • Implementing Title IX regulations for students.
  • Implementing Title IX regulations for employees.
  • Understanding reasonable and responsible adjustments to ensure success.
  • Recent OCR resolutions.

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After the Title IX Hearing: Sanctioning

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This training provides an overview of best practices for determining sanctions in the Title IX Process.

The agenda includes:
The goals of sanctions and discipline.
Determining the proper sanction.
Factors to consider when determining sanctions.
Understanding aggravating circumstances.
Communicating findings and sanction decisions.

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After the Title IX Hearing: Appeals

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This training is geared towards those serving in roles involving appeals for faculty and students.

The agenda includes:

  • Grounds for appeals and how to interpret the language of your policy.
  • Appeals as set forth in the Title IX Regulations and appeals of matters outside the scope of the regulations, and key differences to note.
  • Best practices in handling appeals.
  • Recent legal challenges to appeals, and lessons learned.
  • Writing appeals decisions/outcome letters.

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Custom Tailored Trainings

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Custom-Tailored Training

We work with each campus to create a customized training solution specific to your needs. Contact us to begin the discussion.

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New Title IX Regulations Training

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Thorough knowledge of the Title IX process is vital in today’s educational landscape. Ensure your team is trained on issues surrounding due process, sexual violence, and equitable procedures.

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MEET OUR TRAINERS

Jody Shipper

Jody Shipper has conducted and overseen thousands of investigations, and lectures extensively at universities and conferences throughout the United States on Title IX and equity laws, institutional responsibilities, and the implementation of best practices. She has been working in the field of higher education, Title IX, Clery/VAWA, and employment law and has conducted workplace and academic investigations for more than twenty years.

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Chantelle Cleary Botticelli

Chantelle Cleary Botticelli is a nationally recognized subject-matter expert in Title IX and related fields. She has more than 10 years of experience in the investigation and adjudication of sexual and interpersonal violence. She lectures extensively at universities and conferences throughout the U.S. on Title IX, VAWA, harassment, and implementation of best and emerging practices.

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Martha Compton

Martha Compton has over 20 years of experience in higher education, specifically investigating and resolving student conduct, sexual misconduct, and interpersonal violence matters. Martha is a nationally recognized expert in student conduct and has held leadership positions within the Association for Student Conduct Administration, including President. Martha has trained thousands of individuals across the country on program and policy development as well as conducting investigations, hearings, and informal resolutions.

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Darci Heroy

Darci is an experienced hearing officer, investigator, and senior administrator who has performed and overseen hundreds of complex hearings and investigations. Darci has delivered hundreds of hours of live training, presentations, as well as developmental and executive coaching. As a consultant, Darci draws on her former experience serving as the Assistant Vice President, Title IX Coordinator, and Chief Civil Rights Officer for the University of Oregon .

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Pari Le Golchehreh

Pari Le Golchehreh has extensive experience in Title IX and Equity work on college campuses.  Pari served as the Equity and Title IX Office’s Lead Investigator at California Institute of Technology where she developed a deep expertise in leading investigations, trained campus community members, and facilitated mediated conversations and remedy-based resolutions. Pari is a certified mediator, and is skilled in aiding parties to resolve disputes in a trauma informed and collaborative manner.

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Kateeka J. Harris

Kateeka has nearly two decades of experience in higher education including Title IX compliance, student conduct, multicultural program administration, and undergraduate admissions. Kateeka is a nationally recognized expert in Student Conduct and Title IX Administration and was the President of the Association for Student Conduct Administration.

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Andrea Stagg

Andrea Stagg has extensive experience consulting, writing and training on Title IX , Equity and safety. Andrea was Deputy General Counsel and Director of Government Relations & Compliance at Barnard College and was counsel to three colleges within the SUNY system. She has worked with federal and state legislators to develop state laws and follow best practices in campus safety and sexual harassment prevention.

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Adam Wolkoff

Dr. Adam J. Wolkoff provides investigative and adjudicative services and compliance advice to our clients. Adam previously served as Assistant Director of the Student Conduct Institute and Special Assistant Counsel to the State University of New York’s Office of General Counsel. Adam developed a first-of-its-kind casebook of student conduct and Title IX decisions and was co-editor of the Joint Guidance on Federal Title IX Regulations in 2020.

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Jessica Brown

Jessica is an experienced Title IX coordinator, investigator, and hearing officer. Jessica has extensive experience in development and delivery of training for institutions of higher education, policy development, and oversight and management of grievance procedures from intake and investigation through resolution. Prior to her work in higher education, Jessica served as a criminal defense attorney and judicial law clerk.

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Ann James

Dr. Ann James has wide ranging experience and expertise. She has more than two decades of experience in crisis management, leading institutional efforts in Title IX and gender equity compliance, student conduct, and facilitating institutional leadership transitions within higher education. Ann is a skilled trainer, fusing her professional experience with compliance and best practice to provide practical examples and engaging content.

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Emma Hempel

Emma Hempel has served as a Title IX Coordinator at both public and private institutions across the country.  She has developed a wide array of trainings and seminars on topics including Title IX, sexual violence prevention, bystander intervention, and LGBTQ+ support.  Emma specializes in the intersection of sexual violence and the LGBTQ+ community.

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Kevin Lineberger

Kevin focuses on many aspects of Title IX and the Clery Act, including serving as investigator, hearing advisor, hearing panelist, and as a hearing coordinator. Working with the consulting team, Kevin researches developments in state and federal law relating to Title IX, the Clery Act, and equity issues and assists in the production of Clery Annual Security Reports for clients across the country.

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Kelly Whitney

Kelly Whitney, a Title IX, Civil Rights Investigator & Trainer at Grand River Solutions, is a seasoned investigator with over three decades of experience. As a self-starter who ran her own investigations firm for 20 years, she worked both sides of the issues, before becoming a neutral, independent investigator. Kelly is licensed with the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services in California and has worked at the highest levels in criminal investigations, with more than 100 homicide and sexual assault cases throughout the Bay Area. She has also served as a mitigation specialist on capital murder cases. Her keen eye for detail has been strengthened over her many years of conducting and documenting investigations.

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