Investigation of Sexual Misconduct for Canadian Institutions of Higher Education
Join colleges and universities from across Canada for a 3-day intensive seminar covering, in-depth, how administrators should approach sexual misconduct so institutions can resolve complaints effectively, mitigate risk, support the rights of all students and employees, and engage in data-driven education and prevention efforts. The program will also highlight how Canadian institutions can work with law enforcement and how a concurrent criminal investigation does not relieve the institution of its responsibility to receive and resolve complaints.
Some of the key topics that will be covered include:
- Understanding the prevalence of rape and sexual assault, especially non-stranger campus rapes in Canada.
- Recognizing how trauma impacts memory, reactions, and behavior and how interpretation of this behavior impacts sexual misconduct investigations and adjudications.
- Addressing special populations in investigations including male victims; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered students; Aboriginals; visible minorities; and persons with visible and hidden disabilities.
- Managing the challenges to campus sexual misconduct, including delayed and reluctant reports; substance-facilitated assaults; and social-media as an ever-present tool for perpetration and retaliation.
- Working collaboratively with other responders and support resources to include hospital-based victim care.
- Discussing best practices for training and education programming for students, faculty, and staff.
- Discussing the legal framework in Canada including relevant federal law as well as provincial legislation and mandates.
This training program will feature expert faculty who have served as practitioners in campus public safety, human resource management, student conduct, and legal affairs for campuses across the United States and Canada.
Conducting Administrative Investigations into Reports of Dating Violence/Domestic Violence and Stalking for Canadian Institutions of Higher Education
Join colleges and universities from across Canada for a 2-day intensive seminar covering, in-depth, how administrators should approach incidents of gender-based violence in the postsecondary environment: specifically, incidents of dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
The goal of the seminar is to instruct administrators in best-practice trauma-informed ways to conduct administrative investigations into these offenses so institutions can resolve complaints effectively, mitigate risk, support the rights of all students and employees, and engage in data-driven education and prevention efforts. The program will also highlight how Canadian institutions can work with law enforcement and how a concurrent criminal investigation does not relieve the institution of its responsibility to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment.
This two-day course will cover the following:
Day One (Morning): The Background
- Examination of provinces with legislation mandating response by postsecondary institutions to sexual misconduct and explanation of requirements that currently apply across Canada;
- Definitions of dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking in Canada (and best-practice definitions for student and employee conduct policies);
- Understanding the prevalence and trends of dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking in Canada and on college and university campuses;
- How dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking impacts student and employee survivors;
- The role of the Campus Sexual/Gendered Violence Prevention Coordinators/Administrators;
- Campus sexual misconduct policy and procedure considerations;
- The role of supports and accommodations;
- How to work cooperatively with survivors of intimate partner violence or stalking to effectively and efficiently investigate these forms of misconduct on campus;
- Review of basic domestic violence dynamics, including issues of power and control;
- Typology of stalkers and managing the intimate and non-intimate stalker on campus;
- Considerations for cultural competency: male victims/survivors, LGBTQ+ victims/survivors, indigenous/Aboriginal victims/survivors, and survivors with visible and hidden disabilities;
- How to assist victims in procuring protective orders/stay-away orders and best-practice advice on how such orders will be maintained within the college or university and shared within the institution;
- Assessing dangerousness/lethality and considerations for campus threat assessment/behavioral intervention teams.
Day One (Afternoon) through Day Two (Morning):The Investigation
- The difference between disclosures and reports;
- Conducting intake, providing rights and options, and providing notice to the parties of an administrative investigation;
- Assignment to administrative investigation;
- Making predominant aggressor determinations, including interfacing with and interviewing primary/predominant aggressors (batterers);
- Collection of evidence, including response to cyber-scenes;
- How to conduct behavioral-oriented interviewing of victims/survivors.
Day Two (Afternoon): Resolving the Complaint
- Report Writing;
- Making determinations of responsibility for violations of campus conduct policies;
- On-campus adjudication considerations;
- Informal Resolution best practices;
- Appeal procedures best practices;
- Notice of outcomes, permanent protective measures, and continuing supports;
- Managing retaliation and the hostile academic environment;
- Preventing recurrence.
This training program will feature expert faculty who have served as practitioners in campus police/public safety, human resource management, student conduct, and legal affairs for campuses across Canada and the United States.
This course will provide scenarios, group work, lecture, and sample language/documents to attendees.