Mar 17, 2022
Navigating the Title IX process as a school or institution can be incredibly challenging, especially when there is a simultaneous, or parallel criminal process taking place. Here to help us unpack this challenging topic is Betsy Smith, a Senior Investigator and Consultant at Institutional Compliance Solutions (ICS) and K12 Team Lead. Betsy’s experience as a former prosecutor puts her in a unique position to give clarity on these subjects. In addition to her expertise in managing trauma and being trauma-informed, she also has extensive knowledge of the processes involved. In our conversation, we discuss some of the key points that need to be considered when engaging in the Title IX process. We cover the school’s obligations when they have knowledge of an incident, some of the support that Title IX coordinators need from other teams, and why it’s essential that the criminal and Title IX cases remain entirely separate and shouldn’t be determinant of one another when running in parallel. Betsy describes some of the oversights that can lead to the dismissal of a criminal case and why that does not prove the conduct did not take place. We also spend some time talking about how complainants tend to behave in these cases, why they might withdraw their involvement, and how to ensure their safety in these types of proceedings. Our conversation today covers a lot, from the cycles within an abusive relationship, to how institutions can form productive relationships with law enforcement and better navigate these processes. For more insights into this expansive topic, be sure to tune in today.
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Higher Ed Virtual Certified IX Training
K-12 Virtual Certified Title IX Training