Advanced Sexual Misconduct

The Advanced Sexual Misconduct Track is for professionals who wish to build on their baseline knowledge of facilitating and participating in sexual misconduct and associated cases. Topics in this track previously have included sexual harassment, interpersonal violence, and stalking; intersectionality of cases involving mental health concerns; and intersectionality of identities and their relationship to labels or identities as a victim, survivor, respondent, and/or offender.  Participants will engage in peer learning through discussion and activities in combination with lectures from faculty. Participants will be exposed to current research on consent, trauma, and more.

Recently, we have received questions regarding ASCA Advanced Sexual Misconduct Track and the new Department of Education Title IX requirements for training.

  1. Will this training meet the requirements of the new guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education’s new Title Ix requirements? 

According to the regulation (34 CFR 106.45(b)(1)(iii)) training must include:

  • The definition of sexual harassment
  • The scope of the recipient’s education program or activity
  • How to conduct an investigation and grievance process including hearings, appeals, and informal resolutions processes
  • How to serve impartially, including by avoiding prejudgment of the facts at issues, conflicts of interest, and bias
  • For decision-makers – training on:

o   technology used in hearings

o   issues of relevance of questions and evidence

  • including when sexual history is applicable
  • For investigators – training on:

o   “Issues of relevance to create an investigator report that fairly summarizes relevant evidence”

At the present time, relating to these topics, the Advanced Sexual Misconduct track will include:

  • The definition of sexual harassment
  • Some discussion on the scope of recipient’s education program or activity (it is presumed that some of this will need to be defined by individual institutions)
  • Hearing components and strategies to include some discussion of appeals

o   Some workbook and discussion of informal and alternative dispute resolution

  • Relevance
  • Identities and their interactions with sexual misconduct cases – this will cover bias considerations

The Advanced Sexual Misconduct track wasn’t directly constructed to meet the new regulation requirements; however, it does cover many of the significant topics that may be a challenge for individual institutions to conduct on their own.

 

  1. Would our colleges be able to post the training on our website as required by the new guidelines?

ASCA is in the process of developing Title IX training that we will make available to members to utilize and post on their university websites.  Specifically, regarding the Advanced Sexual Misconduct Track, we plan to provide an outline with learning outcomes and summaries of the content that can be posted.

 

Presenters

To view presenter biographies please visit our Meet The Gehring Team page.

Kristen Harrell, PhD (Track Coordinator)

Mikiba Morehead