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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 nuts and bolts of sexual assault, domestic violence & harassment
  • Investigations and disciplinary processes
  • Legal and practical issues arising in college and university investigations and hearings
  • A comprehensive understanding of particular types of conduct constituting sexual harassment/violence under your policies
  • Critical skills to appropriately and safely obtain facts, testimony and other information necessary to create a credible, defensible assessment
  • A 14-point investigation and hearing checklist: Applying the checklist & mastering the skills
  • Dangerous potholes most commonly encountered by investigators of sexual assault allegations
  • Defense building through best practice training on all aspects, as well as conducting of investigations and making determinations
  • Using required training to build an institutional language and intervention strategy that works
  • 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.

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