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.
This 8-hour intensive class was specifically developed for campus police officers, college security, supervisors, and Title IX investigators responsible for coordinating sexual assault investigations at colleges and universities. Instructors will focus on the ever-changing complex nature of these cases, and successful strategies that can be used to better manage them.
Topics will include:
- Interviewing trauma survivors
- Rights and protections
- Privacy issues, confidentiality and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
- Deadlines, time constraints, and prosecutions
- Conducting separate, parallel or tandem investigations
- Social media & electronic evidence (cell phones, laptops, tablets & GPS)
- Avoiding conflicts of interest
- 110 ILCS 155 Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act
- 725 ILCS 203 Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act
- Standards of proof (preponderance, beyond a reasonable doubt)
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019
8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., $99
Homeland Security Training Center (HTC)