Title IX Investigation Techniques
Organization(s): Homeland Security Training Institute (HSTI)
Apr 30, 2019
Criminal investigations of sexual violence conducted by the police, and disciplinary investigations conducted by higher education administrators, are still a confusing mix at many colleges and universities. There are a number of best practices campus police can follow to meet the legal requirements of Title IX, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy ACT ("FERPA"), and the Clery Act. Not every campus employee is required to report a sexual assault to the police if a student comes to them for help. Survivors are under no obligation to make a formal report or prosecute. Still, colleges are mandated by the U.S. Department of Education to do their own investigation, separate from the police. Campus police officers, who are in some cases both sworn law enforcement officers and members of a college's staff, can find themselves straddling both investigations at once. Instructors will focus on the ever-changing complex nature of these cases, and successful strategies that can be used to better manage them.
Target Audience: Campus police officers, college security, supervisors, and Title IX investigators responsible for coordinating sexual assault investigations at colleges and universities.