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July 15-19, 2024
2024 Summer Certification Series for Higher Education

  • Date
    July 15-19, 2024
  • Location
    Virtual

Join ATIXA’s virtual Summer Certification Series, focusing on higher education college and university trainings to equip yourself and your team with the tools and knowledge to tackle critical concerns on your campus. This focus week offers dynamic and engaging certification courses led by expert faculty members, providing practical solutions to issues like ensuring Title IX and disability compliance, foundational knowledge of roles and responsibilities, and more complex topics like informal resolution, athletics, coordination, investigations, and decision-making. Please take advantage of our virtual courses and learn from wherever you are this summer. Don’t miss this opportunity to certify yourself and gain an edge in your institution.

Summer Certification Series courses:

  • ADA/Section 504 Foundations for Higher Education
  • Advanced ADA/Section 504 for Higher Education
  • Gender Equity Foundations for Higher Education (Two Day)
  • Informal Resolution Foundations for Higher Education (Two Day)
  • Intermediate Interviewing Techniques & Strategies for Higher Education (Two Day)
  • Investigation Skills & Report Writing for Higher Education (Two Day)
  • Live Hearings for Higher Education
  • Sex-Based Harassment Foundations for Higher Education (Two Day)
  • Title IX Compliance & Athletics for Higher Education
  • Title IX Decision-Maker for Higher Education
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Learn About Multi-Registration Discounts

Registering for multiple courses or multiple participants is a great way to save. Registrations of two to four courses are eligible for a 15% discount, and five or more registrations qualify for a 25% discount. Upon checkout, select the Pay Later option and reach out to events@atixa.org for discounts to be applied.

Schedule

ADA/Section 504 Foundations for Higher Education

11:00am-6:00pm ET

This course is designed to equip Title IX Coordinators and disability/access administrators with a thorough understanding of the disability laws that regulate an institution’s efforts to offer reasonable accommodations in postsecondary academic environments.

Participants will gain knowledge about the legal frameworks that apply to institutional recipients of federal funding, principles for determining reasonable accommodations, strategies for implementing the process in higher education, the grievance process, best practices in organizational structure, and how the accommodation process can support individuals during pregnancy and related conditions. Click here to learn more.

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Sex-Based Harassment Foundations for Higher Education

11:00am-6:00pm ET Both Days

This course provides practitioners with a foundational knowledge of policies, procedures, and trauma-informed practices that are compliant with Title IX and the Clery Act/VAWA Section 304, as well as other applicable intersecting laws, and offers an in-depth exploration of ATIXA’s recommended formal grievance resolution process and practices.

In combination with the included Title IX Fundamentals online pre-learning experience, Sex-Based Harassment Foundations meets both the Title IX and VAWA Section 304 training requirements for participants and explores programmatic excellence related to Sex-Based Harassment prevention and response in higher education. Click here to learn more.

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Investigation Skills & Report Writing for Higher Education

11:00am-6:00pm ET Both Days

Investigation Skills and Report Writing for Higher Education focuses on improving interviewing techniques and post-interview tasks such as credibility assessment, information synthesis, and clear report writing.

Participants will review a sample investigation report to guide their understanding of report writing mechanics, format, and structure. Additionally, registrants will engage in various interactive learning activities to practice their skills and receive feedback from ATIXA’s experts. Click here to learn more.

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Advanced ADA/Section 504 for Higher Education

11:00am-6:00pm ET

Understand compliance regulations for students and employees with disabilities, including mental health issues, website accessibility, temporary disability, and housing and dining accommodations.

Participants will engage in a variety of engaging, faculty-led applied learning exercises to ensure their understanding of academic accommodations, including those that significantly alter the curriculum. Additionally, they will learn to apply decision-making frameworks in a supportive and legally compliant manner and consider the various ways that institutions should address disability-related grievances.

Before attending this course, we recommend completing the ADA and Section 504 Foundations for Higher Education course. In addition, participants should have a basic understanding of disability law in educational settings. Click here to learn more.

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Informal Resolution Foundations for Higher Education

11:00am-6:00pm ET Both Days

This foundational course aims to familiarize participants with ATIXA’s Informal Resolution Framework and the crucial elements to consider when deciding whether to offer informal resolution in a Title IX grievance process. It covers various topics, including the structural and policy choices that institutions must make and how institutional culture affects them.

Rather than adopting a particular model of alternative dispute resolution (facilitated dialogue, restorative practices mediation, etc.), ATIXA’s experts will survey a variety of options and introduce a unique model that is specifically suited to Title IX complaints by borrowing elements of various models while adding some innovative practices uniquely designed to facilitate durable, fair, and equitable resolution of Title IX complaints.

ATIXA’s expert faculty members will also guide participants through a case study as each step of the informal resolution process is discussed in the course. Click here to learn more.

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Gender Equity Foundations for Higher Education

11:00am-6:00pm ET Both Days

This course focuses on sex discrimination compliance responsibilities. It covers the assessment of overall program equity and provides introductions to athletics equity, pregnancy and related conditions requirements, and LGBTQIA+ protections.

ATIXA’s expert faculty members will guide participants through ATIXA’s model formal grievance process from a sex/gender discrimination complaint perspective. Discussions will also cover how institutions can center resolutions that involve disparate treatment and impact, including targeted culture/climate assessments and investigations. Lastly, the course will address what institutions can expect when the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reviews their program equity compliance and how to develop a plan to complete gender equity audits regularly. Click here to learn more.

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Intermediate Interviewing Techniques & Strategies for Higher Education

11:00am-6:00pm ET Both Days

ATIXA’s expert faculty members draw on the best available research and their field-tested practices for effective investigations to teach the cognitive interview, a relationship-based approach to dialogue with parties and witnesses designed to yield the best available evidence.

Learn how to conduct a trauma-informed interview and acquire sophisticated investigation skills that help your interviewees to feel comfort and trust while using techniques that draw out their memories and key details. Plus, work in groups to complete an investigation simulation exercise designed with the most critical elements of a civil rights investigation, including strategy development, interviews, and credibility assessments. ATIXA’s instructors guide participants through the simulation to help refine their skills and increase their confidence as investigators. Click here to learn more.

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Title IX Decision-Maker for Higher Education

11:00am-6:00pm ET

This course is focused on cultivating the skills and insights needed to successfully serve as a hearing officer and decision-maker for Title IX complaints. This training meets the requirements under Title IX and VAWA Section 304 to help decision-makers recognize and overcome bias and ensure equity for all parties.

For individuals serving as hearing chairs, panelists, single decision-makers, administrative hearing facilitators, and party advisors, this training will underscore decision-making skills so that decisions are sound, supportable, and less susceptible to future challenges, such as in litigation. Click here to learn more.

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Live Hearings for Higher Education

11:00am-6:00pm ET

Live Hearings for Higher Education focuses on the skills needed to run an effective live hearing as part of the Title IX Formal Grievance Process or involving other types of civil rights complaints or misconduct. Topics include hearing preparation, pre-hearing meetings, facilitating questioning or cross-examination, and deliberation.

This training complements ATIXA’s Title IX Higher Education Decision-Maker course. It is relevant for all professionals serving as hearing chairs, panelists, single decision-makers, administrative hearing facilitators, and party advisors. For institutions offering a live hearing as part of their Formal Grievance Process, decision-makers should first enroll in the ATIXA Decision-Maker course. Click here to learn more.

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Title IX Compliance & Athletics for Higher Education

11am-6pm

This course covers sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and culture challenges in athletics and will also delve deeply into program equity compliance. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of why program inequities exist and how to spot red flags and address them.

Presenters draw from the courts, the news, their experiences working with athletic departments of all types nationwide, and the Olympic movement. This course is relevant for Title IX Coordinators with little or no athletic administration experience and seasoned athletic compliance staff. Click here to learn more.

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Event Speakers

Erin Agidius, J.D.

Consultant, TNG

Kayleigh Baker, J.D.

Senior Consultant, TNG

Amelia Barbadoro, J.D., Ph.D.

Consultant, TNG

Natasha Begin, M.Ed.

Content Developer, TNG

Sharon Perry Fantini, Ph.D.

Partner, TNG & Advisory Board Member, ATIXA

Dan Fotoples, J.D., M.A.

Director, Content Development, TNG

Alisha Carter Harris, M.S.

Senior Consultant, TNG

Haven Hart, M.Ed., Ph.D.

Vice President for Consulting Operations, TNG

Kimberly Pacelli, M.Ed., J.D.

Partner, TNG; Advisory Board Member, ATIXA

Saundra K. Schuster, M.S., J.D.

Partner, TNG; President, ATIXA; NABITA, Advisory Board Member

Lauren Starnes, J.D.

Consultant, TNG

Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D.

Chief Consulting Officer and Partner, TNG

Joseph Vincent, M.L.S.

Partner and Vice President for Investigations, TNG

FAQs / Find Your Answers

Multi registration discounts are provided on a sliding scale based on the applicable registrations on the same order.

Individualized discounts are as follows:

  • 1st registration – full price of registration
  • 2-4 registrations – 15% discount per line item
  • 5+ registrations – 25% discounted per line item

Please create your order, click the ‘Pay Later’ option upon checkout, and reach out to events@atixa.org for the discounts to be applied.

The scholarship application for this event closed on June 15, 2024. If you completed an application, you will receive your decision via email before June 28, 2024.

If you did not complete your application in time, we encourage you to submit a scholarship application for one of the other upcoming focus weeks:

2024 Summer Workshop Series
2024 Violence Risk Assessment for Title IX Focus Week
2024 Title IX Coordinator Training in Practice Week
2024 Winter Series for K-12 Schools and Districts

Those attending a certification course will receive a certification for the course as well as recertifying credits (CCCs) for any current certification for a 2-year time period.

All our courses will receive a digital badge denoting completion.

Once you register, you will have access to the ATIXA Event Lobby. The lobby contains all materials for your course.

The zoom link and course slides will be accessible 3 days prior to the start of your course. Please note you have access to the ATIXA Event Lobby from the point of registration through 3-months post-course and workshop.

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