Sexual Assault Prevention Investigations (Colleges and Universities)
Given extraordinary scrutiny by the federal government, plaintiff's lawyers and the media, universities and colleges place themselves at extreme risk if their assault investigators are not adequately trained and prepared to meet the challenges of these multifaceted investigations.
Proper assault investigations require a high degree of both skill and sensitivity as well as appropriate application of federal and state statues.
Seyfarth Shaw at Work/SSAW, including a team of former Assistant District Attorneys, seasoned Title IX experts, as well as advocacy group leaders, have developed a fully interactive University/Collegee Investigations course.
Participants learn about the legal and practical issues arising in collegiate investigations and hearings. The course, the design of which is based on a workplace investigations course that has been reviewed and approved in the context of EEOC consent decrees, addresses such topics such as: victim and bystander trauma, forms of consent, rights of the parties, and credibility.
The course specifically covers:
The course utilizes realistic role plays and team exercises (actual case stories and scenarios will be integrated) allowing participants to confront and evaluate a range of relevant situations and challenges. Participants learn to apply the required skills that they have achieved throughout the day. The course will leave participants with practical investigational tools to successfully in-take, interview, fact-find, assess and document. The course delivery, including role play hypotheticals, will be fully customized for your organization/institution.
SSAW has consulted/trained for colleges, universities, national fraternities, NCAA divisions/conferences and others.