Monday, October 20, 2014

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault: The Drumbeat Continues

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The Case of the Colorado Philosophy Department:

And the DOE's new rule on campus sexual assault, which take effect in July:

If you have trained your faculty and staff, do it now:

College Campus Sexual Assault: Protecting Victims’ Rights & Reducing Possible College and University Liability (2-session series)

Best For: Higher Education
Date/Time: 10/30/2014, 1 PM Eastern & 11/06/2014, 1 PM Eastern
Duration: Each webinar is scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): James Ottavio Castagnera, Ph.D. and Attorney at Law
Price: $599.00 webinar, $699.00 CD, $799.00 webinar + CD. Live webinars may be viewed by an unlimited number of attendees in one room using one unique login. All CDs include full audio presentation, question and answer session and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Academic administrators, student-life staffers, human resource professionals, public relations personnel, and campus legal counsel

“College Campus Sexual Assault: Protecting Victims’ Rights & Reducing Possible College and University Liability,” in two 90-minute sessions, offers a comprehensive approach to understanding how to prepare for and deal with sexual assault by either a student or staffer on a college campus, in a manner which protects the rights of victims and reduces the risk that the university might be sued by either the accuser or accused. The individual sessions will focus on:
  • Session 1, October 30, 2014: preparing your campus to deal with sexual assault cases
  • Session 2, November 6, 2014: the nuts and bolts of handling a sexual assault case if an assault takes place

Sexual assault on our nation’s campuses is becoming all too familiar, leading some observers to conclude that it has reached epidemic proportions. In response, in mid-2014 President Obama declared his intention to stamp out what he perceives as an excessive number of sexual assaults on our university campuses, and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights has named 60 universities which it claims have mismanaged sexual assault cases on their campuses. In addition, during July, legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate aimed at curbing campus sexual assault. Everyone shares responsibility for promptly and effectively responding to sexual-assault allegations. Opportunities for mishandling such super-sensitive cases, however, are ever-present from the moment a complainant levels an accusation until the allegation has been resolved and the accused employee or student has either been disciplined or exonerated. The chances of you and your institution being sued by the accuser or the accused are roughly equal ... even if you do everything right!
Consequently, following best practices is absolutely critical to make sure that both the victim’s and the accused’s rights are protected and the potential risks of your school being sued are minimized. Please join Dr. James Ottavio Castagnera, Esq., associate provost and legal counsel, Rider University, for guidance and best practices for protecting both your school and the victims in situations of sexual assault.


Just a sampling of what these sessions will cover:
    Session 1, October 30: Preparing Your Campus to Deal with Sexual Assault Cases
    • Creating your policy and procedures
    • Promulgating your policy and procedures
    • Educating your campus community about sexual assault
    • Integrating your sexual-assault policy into your institution's student and employee handbooks
    • Defining the roles of your own public safety officers, as well as the local police department
    • Training your designated intake officers to handle complaints as well as anonymous allegations
    • Training your investigators and hearing officers
    • Identifying and/or establishing support services for survivors of sexual assaults
    • Planning for adverse publicity and litigation threats

    Session 2, November 6, Handling an Actual Sexual Assault Case
    • Immediate actions to be taken in a case of rape or violent assault
    • What is appropriate intake of a sexual assault allegation
    • Methods of investigation of a sexual assault allegation
    • Confidentiality requirements and considerations
    • Anonymous allegations of sexual assault
    • The formal hearing in a sexual assault case
    • Appropriate disciplinary actions when the allegations are meritorious
    • Remedial action on behalf of the survivor
    • Litigation-avoidance actions
    • How to respond to reference requests following termination of a guilty employee


Your conference leader for “College Campus Sexual Assault: Protecting Victims' Rights & Reducing Possible College and University Liability (2-session series)” is Dr. James Castagnera. Dr. Castagnera holds a law degree and a Ph.D. in American studies from Case Western Reserve University. Jim brings three decades of experience in higher education to this webinar. Prior to law school he served Case Western Reserve as director of university communication. He went on to teach as a full-time faculty member at the University of Texas-Austin and the Widener University Law School, and as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Business School. Currently, and for the past 18 years, he has been Rider University’s associate provost and legal counsel. His diverse duties include risk management, regulatory matters, faculty and student disciplinary cases, litigation management, governance and institutional policies.
He is the author of 18 books, including the Handbook for Student Law for Higher Education Administrators (Peter Lang, 2010, revised edition 2014) and a text book titled Counter Terrorism Issues: Case Studies in the Courtroom (CRC Press 2013).
His teaching experience includes continuing legal education workshops, MOOCs on the Canvas Network − including “Risk Management in Higher Education: Student Issues” − and presentations at numerous national forums, including the Annual Conference of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Annual Homeland Defense and Security Higher Education Summit sponsored by the Naval Postgraduate School. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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