As a condition to receipt of Title IV funds, post-secondary educational institutions must comply with the Violence against Women Act (VAWA) and its regulations. As amended, this statute and its related regulations require, among other things, that such institutions promptly investigate reports of sexual assault and similar offenses. They should also provide such interim measures as may be appropriate to allow the reported victim of such misconduct to continue to access the institution's educational and extracurricular programs. Such institutions are required, at the same time, by contract and/or State law to provide students accused of misconduct with an opportunity to be heard regarding such serious allegations of misconduct. Given the tension that happens during these obligations, schools face a significant potential for error and difficulty in satisfying them. Moreover, their officers and personnel who are responsible to ensure such compliance often lack training and experience in the investigation handling of such matters and are often unaware of the potential pitfalls they face in satisfying these obligations.
This webinar by expert speaker James P. Evans will assist such institutions in understanding the nature and extent of their obligation to comply with the VAWA and to provide accused students with an appropriate and fair process by which their culpability in such reported misconduct can be assessed. It will provide these individuals with helpful and pragmatic information and guidance concerning these obligations, including best practices for the conduct of student misconduct investigations, how to effectively interview witnesses, how to effectively collect and handle evidence, and best practices regarding the interaction with law enforcement.
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James P. Evans
James P. Evans has significant experience advising and representing educational institutions, including public and private elementary and secondary schools and postsecondary institutions. As a Partner with Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, he provides educational institutions with advice and representation on issues inclu... More info