National Center for Campus Public Safety

Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Institute

The National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) does not currently have further Institute deliveries scheduled for 2018. We are working with the Bureau of Justice Assistance to determine the future availability of the Institutes. If you need assistance locating opportunities for trauma-informed sexual assault investigations and adjudications educational opportunities in the near future, please search our calendar of events.

In 2014, the National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) was charged in the Not Alone report (PDF) to develop a training program on trauma-informed sexual assault investigation and adjudication that includes Title IX training for campus officials. To meet this mandate, we worked with nationally-recognized subject matter experts in the fields of sexual and gender-based violence investigations, Ti­­tle IX, the Clery Act, due process, victim's advocacy, student conduct, and neurobiology to develop and deliver this groundbreaking curriculum. 

The curriculum includes modules on 15 topics from effects of trauma to interviewing. Learn more about these topics in the module synopses (PDF). Leading the NCCPS Institute is the NCCPS’s individually selected panel of subject matter expert facilitators.

Purpose and Objectives:
To provide college and university administrators involved in investigating and adjudicating sexual misconduct cases information and resources necessary to conduct fair and balanced investigations that consider the potential impact of trauma, in line with evolving practices. NCCPS Institute objectives are to:

  • Train participants how to conduct fair and balanced Title IX investigation and adjudication processes for all parties;
  • Explain the intricacies and crossovers of Title IX, the Clery Act, criminal investigations, and institutional obligations;
  • Identify the effects of trauma and how trauma might impact victims;
  • Consider the effect of culture on all parties; and
  • Identify and apply industry evolving practices to conduct a trauma-informed investigation from disclosure and first response to adjudication.

Intended Audience:
The NCCPS Institute curriculum design allows for individuals and teams to learn and is intended for campus officials involved in the investigation and adjudication processes at institutions of higher education, in addition to campus partners. This may include:

Title IX coordinators Administrative investigators
Hearing board members Student conduct professionals
Appeals board members Student affairs professionals
Residential life staff Human resources personnel
Deans of students Advocates
Legal counsel Campus safety and law enforcement personnel
Prosecutors Community Partners

While not specifically designed to meet the needs of criminal investigators, we encourage colleges and universities to send a representative from their law enforcement or campus safety agency.

Please email us for additional information. 

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