The 4 Equity Assistance Centers are funded by the U.S. Department of Education under Title IV of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. They provide assistance in the areas of race, gender, national origin, and religion to public school districts to promote equal educational opportunities.
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Bill Howe, Ed.D., State of Connecticut Title IX Coordinator (Retired), CT State Department of Education Connecticut is recognized nationally for its model implementation of Title IX in PK-12 schools. From its extensive website, training programs, Title IX database, technical assistance and enforcement activities, it stands as a model for the nation. Using a combination of lecturette, case studies, simulations and quizzes, this program will offer insight into the state’s Title IX Coordinator training, annual survey of school districts, enforcement and technical assistance functions and overlay of the importance of cultural competence in compliance positions.
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The 2014 versions of the PowerPoint Presentation on “Title IX Coordinator Training” conducted October 2014 by Neena Chaudhry, Esq. and Lara S. Kaufmann, Esq. of the National Women’s Law Center and Dr. William A. Howe of the Connecticut State Department of Education
The Nuts and Bolts of Writing an Investigation Report conducted Fall, 2014 by Maree Sneed, Esq. Partner and Esther Haley Walker, Associate at Hogan Lovells US LLP
Are now available on our website.
To reach the site, go to the Connecticut State Department of Education web page at – http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/
Title IX Coordinator and Investigations Training
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In 2014, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will continue to ramp up its Title IX enforcement efforts. Accordingly, universities should carefully review their anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies and procedures to make sure they comply with the law. OCR investigations may be lengthy and broad in scope, often lasting months and extending beyond one particular incident of alleged sexual misconduct. In a typical investigation, the OCR delves into all sexual misconduct complaints filed with a university over an extended period of time and reviews the effectiveness of the university’s Title IX policies.
In order to avoid the intense scrutiny of the OCR, universities should respond to Title IX complaints by —
Universities can be proactive by training faculty, staff and teaching assistants on the requirements of Title IX and how to properly handle complaints of sexual misconduct.
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, says an Associate Press (AP) report in the Courier-Journal, asking it to overturn a ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court that requires school officials to Mirandize students before questioning them in the presence of a school resource officer. The state supreme court threw out a student’s conviction for sharing prescription hydrocodone with a classmate, concluding that the presence of a school resource officer and the prospect of criminal charges meant the student should have been informed of his rights.
Conway is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case because state appellate courts are divided over this issue. States that hold Miranda warnings are required include Georgia, North Carolina and now Kentucky. States that hold Miranda warnings are not required include South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, New York, New Mexico and Louisiana.
Conway also said the issue is an important one, as the use of law enforcement officers as a resource in the school setting has become widespread. He added that school administrators should not be required to advise students of their rights because a school resource officer may be present during an investigation of school-related issues.
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