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November 19th, 2013


Prevention Resources

Tip of the Week

Mandatory Reporting for Title IX: Keep it Simple

by Brett A. Sokolow, Esq.

Originally published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 2013

Swarthmore College recently denied a resident-assistant position to a student who would not divulge the name of another student allegedly raped on the campus several years ago. The college has said that it needs the victim's name so that it can pursue an investigation as required by federal law. It has also said that resident assistants must, under the campus's mandatory reporting policy, provide this information. Swarthmore's policy is in response to a 2011 "Dear Colleague" letter from the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights that said colleges must pursue sexual-harassment and sexual-assault investigations or else be in violation of Title IX. Unfortunately, mandatory reporting related to Title IX is widely misunderstood on campuses, and in their zeal to deal with every single instance of sexual misconduct, college administrators are in danger of seeing a drop in reporting from victims. This week's Tip will help you to better understand how Title IX can help your institution to empower victims and create a safe space for them to report situations of assault and violence.

The NCHERM Group is also offering an Online Training designed to inform participants about institutional and individual duties to report sexual abuse, sexual misconduct and other behaviors that fall under Title IX. Register today to view the live event to support mandatory reporting compliance on your campus.


Making the Grade? Findings from the Campus Accountability Project on Sexual Assault Policies

Published by V-Day and Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER)

In 2009, SAFER partnered with V-Day to launch the Campus Accountability Project (CAP), a national online database that dually functions as a clearinghouse for assessments of sexual assault policies at U.S. institutions of higher education and a teaching tool for student activists looking to analyze and reform their schools’ policies.

Today, SAFER and V-Day release “Making the Grade? Findings from the Campus Accountability Project on Sexual Assault Policies.” The study analyzed nearly 300 formal and informal sexual assault policies from colleges and universities across the U.S. The report provides a snapshot of policies from a sample of four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. during a given time frame.

For an overview of the findings please download the study’s Executive Summary or our press release. To access the full report, please click here.

Practicing Prevention Column

November 2013

SCOPE is excited to share the November 2013 Practicing Prevention Column, authored by Visiting Scholar, Jason Laker, Ph.D.


Announcing SCOPE Co-Sponsored NCHERM Group Online TrainingsNCHERM Group Online Trainings

The NCHERM Group Online Trainings is a new endeavor to provide quality, distance learning education and discussion opportunities to colleges and universities across the country and around the world.

The NCHERM Group and its affiliated associations, SCOPE, ATIXA and NaBITA, have identified experts from numerous fields to bring you quality online programs that address the most pressing needs in threat assessment, prevention education, sexual assault response, higher education legal issues, administrative best practices and risk management.

Fall 2013 Online Trainings Schedule

Recording available for purchase soon!

Registration deadline is Tuesday, November 26.

Registration deadline is Tuesday, December 9.

Click here to view the full Fall 2013 Online Trainings Schedule.
Click here to read the official press release.


Title IX/SaVE Act Prevention & Training Checklist

Now Available: The ATIXA Title IX/SaVE Act Prevention & Training Checklist

If you are wondering what you are required to train on, you could pour over all the OCR Dear Colleague Letters and Guidance on Title IX, read the Campus SaVE Act, digest the latest OCR decision letters from campuses that have been investigated, and compile all of that into a handy chart.  Or, you could let the experts from ATIXA do it for you. This checklist offers detailed and timely guidance to answer all of your questions.

Developed by our team of experts led by Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D., this chart is an invaluable resource addressing frequency, audience, content, type timing and dosage, for all training, prevention, education, awareness and policy mandates and recommendations related to sexual violence, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. ATIXA’s Title IX/SaVE Act Prevention & Training Checklist is a life-saver and time-saver that distills all the new and existing requirements into a single, detailed and copiously researched chart that will help institutions examine current policies and procedures and develop a comprehensive training plan for faculty, staff and students. We know how valuable this tool is for your campus. That’s why we’ve made it possible for you to get it for free. 

JOIN ATIXA TODAY AND GET THE TITLE IX/SAVE ACT PREVENTION & TRAINING CHECKLIST (A $249 VALUE) AS A FREE GIFT! For a limited time only, with any new ATIXA membership purchased between Friday, November 8th, 2013 and April 15th, 2014, you will receive this valuable resource for FREE in both electronic and laminated poster versions!*

Non-members can purchase the ATIXA Title IX/SaVE Act Prevention & Training Checklist directly from ATIXA for $249. This cost includes the 11” x 17” one-page, laminated poster, shipment directly to your campus and an electronic copy of the poster that can be distributed to relevant campus officials.

For more details on the checklist, information on purchasing this valuable resource online or to print your order form, visit our website here.

Contact Marianne Price, ATIXA Director of Educational Programs, at Marianne@atixa.org for additional information on the Title IX/SaVE Act Prevention & Training Checklist and how you can have this valuable resource for your campus/school.

*Applies to new ATIXA memberships only. Not available for membership renewals. Membership promotion cannot be applied to memberships purchased before November 8th, 2013 or after April 15th, 2014. 


Complying with the Campus SaVE Act

By now, many of you have taken a look at the VAWA Reauthorization section known as the Campus SaVE Act. This act is now law, with enforcement expected to kick in a year from now. Start planning now, because there is a lot to this new law. This amendment changes the Clery Act in ways much more substantive than previous amendments. While amendments before asked us to disclose existing policies, they largely did not require us to create new policies except for the set of amendments contained in the 1992 Campus Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights. Now, those disclosures and rights have been largely eclipsed by the SaVE amendments, which will require us to develop significant new policy language, much of the content of which is prescribed by the SaVE Act.

We have a shortcut to SaVE you time. We have created template language to satisfy all of the new SaVE Act disclosure requirements (at least as best we can decipher them before regulations are issued). It's eight pages of model language containing policy and procedure information outlined by Title IX and Campus SaVE. This template is available from The NCHERM Group for $249. To purchase our SaVE disclosure template, visit our online store or contact Alisha DiGiandomenico at (610) 644-3387. Please note that our template only includes the new ASR required disclosures, not all updates that were made by SaVE, such as those involving hate crimes statistics and hate crime categories.

SCOPE members receive a 15% discount off the price of Campus SaVE Act Model Language Template. Contact Executive Director Michelle Issadore for more information!


Introducing The NCHERM Group Model Code Project: A Developmental Framework for a Code of Student Conduct

The NCHERM Group Model Code Project

Six higher education law and policy experts havecollaborated to offer a new model code of student conduct to the field. You can access the free model with this link, and we also invite you to contribute to our open-source code Wiki project, which allows the entire field to contribute to, critique and strengthen this model. Access the Wiki here. You'll find this model is a substantial departure from previous model codes, while it also builds on their significant foundations. We hope you will find our model useful in your future code revision efforts. The NCHERM Group continues to offer custom code writing and revision services if you prefer our expertise in tailoring our templates to your unique campus culture. Variations on the model code for private colleges and community colleges are also available. Please contact The NCHERM Group for details.


Prevention Audits

What We Do

Our goal is to help college and university offices working on prevention efforts to improve productivity, communication and to become more transparent when responding to administrative expectations. We provide a quality audit designed to address best practice industry standards in a solution-focused manner. Each audit is individually crafted and designed with a focus on the individual needs of the prevention office/committee as it fits into the larger campus community.

Who We Are

With years of experience working with public and private institutions with both large and small enrollments, Brett A. Sokolow, Esq., Jane Stapleton, M.A. and Michelle Issadore, M.Ed. bring a wealth of knowledge, theory and practical application to an assessment.

The NCHERM Group’s Prevention Audit is based on its experience and expertise as well as standards established by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, American College Health Association and now defunct Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention.

Brett A. Sokolow is the founder, president and CEO of The NCHERM Group, a national multidisciplinary risk management consulting and law firm. He is recognized for his national leadership on systems-level solutions for safer schools and campuses. Jane Stapleton is a Co-Director of Prevention Innovations, is a lead developer and evaluator of the Know-Your-PowerTM Bystander Social Marketing Campaign. She is often called upon by campuses to consult on program development, direct services, and evaluation and prevention strategies. Michelle Issadore is the Executive Director of the School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (SCOPE). She works with institutions nationwide on improving prevention efforts and implementing best practices.

We Assess

  • Comparative, normed statistics on the staff:student ratio
  • Scope of practice and training of staff
  • Prevention programming efforts on suicide, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, alcohol and other drugs (AOD), eating disorders, mental health, bystander intervention, hazing, harassment and sexual health
  • Relationship between prevention office(s) and other departments; addressing budgets, scheduling, assessment, strategic planning, messaging, consistency, reinforcement and more
  • Comprehension, acquisition and retention of learning outcomes
  • Peer education
  • Alignment of prevention practices with climate survey and focus group results
  • Prevention strategy structure, composition, efficacy, integration and communication
  • Resource needs assessment
  • Mandated legislation compliance, such as the Campus SaVE Act, Clery Act, Title IX and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act
  • Web presence, accessibility and outreach via online resources
  • Staff satisfaction, performance concerns and professional development

For more information contact Alisha DiGiandomenico at (610) 644-3387.



Getting to Know the Campus SaVE Act - A Rapid Response Webinar on the VAWA Reauthorization

Originally presented on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Co-sponsored by The NCHERM Group, the School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (SCOPE) and the Association for Title IX Administrators (ATIXA)

Click here to learn more about this webinar. To purchase your recording online, please click here.


News Articles

MTV: Elon University Wins RAINN Day Contest With Eye-Opening Sexual Assault PSA

Inside Higher Ed: Promoting Safe Kissing at Stanford

The Atlantic: How Police Officers Are (or Aren’t) Trained in Mental Health

Al Jazeera America: By the numbers: Sex crimes on campus


For more information on SCOPE, visit www.wearescope.org or contact:
Michelle Issadore, Executive Director
116 E. King Street
Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-644-1718
Fax: 610-993-0228


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