National Center for Campus Public Safety

Why Campuses Should Conduct Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigations

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 | 2:00–3:00 PM (ET)
Cost: Free
Registration Deadline: Friday, June 17, 2016
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We are pleased to announce that Jeffrey J. Nolan, J.D., a faculty member for our Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Institute, will be presenting the next free webinar in our series, Campus Public Safety Online.

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Jeff is an attorney with Dinse Knapp McAndrew and is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts, New York, Texas, and Vermont. He has represented and advised colleges and universities for over 20 years. Jeff consults with clients and provides training throughout the United States on campus threat assessment, Title IX/Clery Act compliance, and sexual violence response-related issues. 

Promising practices strongly suggest that when colleges and universities conduct sexual assault investigations and adjudications as required by Title IX, they should employ a trauma-informed approach.

While a trauma-informed approach naturally promotes access for complainants by encouraging their participation, it also promotes accuracy by enabling investigators and decision-makers to ask appropriate questions and better understand evidence that may be affected by trauma. A more accurate understanding of evidence in turn promotes fairness to all parties. When put in the appropriate context and applied properly, a trauma-informed approach benefits complainants, respondents, and institutions of higher education. We hope you can join us for a discussion of these timely, important issues.

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