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Online VAWA Adjudicator Training Program

In 2013, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 amended the Clery Act, in part, to require that officials involved in the student conduct process receive “annual training on the issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and on how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability.”

The National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals (NACCOP) has developed, in consultation with subject matter experts and student conduct administrators who are recognized as leaders in the field, an online training program specifically designed for institutional officials involved in the adjudication of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking offenses involving students (collectively, “sexual misconduct”).

Institutional officials who may benefit from this training program may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Students, Faculty and Staff/Administrators involved in the adjudication of sexual misconduct; and
  • Students, Faculty, Staff/Administrators involved in the consideration of any appeals involving sexual misconduct, as well as senior institutional leaders such as Vice Presidents, President/Chancellor, and/or members of institutional governance boards to whom students may appeal findings and/or sanctions pursuant to institutional, system-wide or state policies.

The training program is 2.5 hours, but is broken down into smaller segments (typically, 10-15 minute sessions) to allow the adjudicators to do this over multiple days, if that is preferred.

Program Benefits

This online, self-paced training program provides participants with an affordable, convenient way to meet the VAWA annual training requirement. Each campus will be able to enroll their own learners into a customized training portal in which they can manage enrollments, monitor program completion, and run administrative reports. Learners will be provided with a certificate of completion following successful fulfillment of all program modules and related assessments.

The training program is delivered via the dialogEDU learning management system and meets key standards set by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to provide accessibility to people with disabilities. If an institution has a learner with a disability that is not currently accommodated by the platform, please notify Dolores Stafford at dstafford@naccop.org to discuss available options for accommodation.

Learning Outcomes

Although this training will not replace existing institution-specific training regarding the policies and procedures for resolving sexual misconduct complaints, participants that successfully complete the program will be able to:

  • Distinguish among the offenses that constitute dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking (DVDVSAS), as these offenses are defined by the Clery Act;
  • Understand the institution’s obligations under Title IX to take immediate action to eliminate sexual harassment that creates a hostile environment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects;
  • Recall the prevalence of DVDVSAS offenses among college and university students;
  • Explain the role of power and control in DVDVSAS offenses;
  • Describe the role of due process/fundamental fairness in institutional disciplinary proceedings involving DVDVSAS;
  • Identify key elements of consent and the impact of drugs and alcohol on one’s ability to consent to sexual activity;
  • Describe specific strategies an institution can employ to protect the safety of victims participating in investigations/adjudications of DVDVSAS offenses;
  • Identify the range of responses victims may experience following victimization and the impact on subsequent participation in institutional disciplinary proceedings;
  • Summarize the impact of trauma on the brain, behavior and memory;
  • Apply principles of trauma-informed investigations to questioning, deliberation and decision-making processes;
  • Articulate how prompt, fair and impartial proceedings can protect victims and promote accountability; and
  • Assess whether current institutional disciplinary processes conform to the minimum procedural requirements of the VAWA Amendments to the Clery Act.

Note: Although the training program has been designed primarily for officials adjudicating student misconduct, the learning outcomes are applicable to any official adjudicating dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking cases involving students or employees. Although the language of student conduct is used throughout the training, the general principles discussed in the training are transferable to employee misconduct as well.

Refresher Courses

Starting in 2018, NACCOP has added new courses (what we are calling “Refresher Courses”) to the VAWA Adjudicator Platform. The refresher courses allow our instructors to get into more detail about specific topics that will meet two goals (1) to provide additional information to your adjudicators about important topics and (2) to assist your institution in maintaining compliance with VAWA’s requirement of providing “annual training” for your adjudicators (The requirement is for your adjudicators to receive: annual training on the issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and on how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability). We are providing this service at no additional cost. Our intent is to periodically add additional courses to the platform that our clients can use, if they so choose. Thus, you have options, as you can use some, all, or none of the refresher courses, as you see fit.

For example, the refresher courses added in 2018 are:

  • Ensuring respondent’s rights (30 minutes)
  • Interpreting an Investigative Report (23 minutes)

Cost

Institutions may purchase the training for up to 20 users for $325.00. If an institution needs to purchase more licenses, they can do so for $5.00 per person for each additional license.

Purchasing Guidelines

Customers purchasing the on-line training platform must be an individual college, university or institution of higher education. Any other parties wishing to purchase this training platform must receive written permission from Dolores Stafford and can contact her to make the request at dstafford@naccop.org

An institution of higher education for these purposes is defined as: An institution of higher education that participates in Title IV, student financial assistance programs and is required by Federal Law to comply with the Clery Act. An institution of higher education is defined as a college or university that has its own President/Chancellor (or position with an alternate title but serves in a similar capacity) leading the organization. Typically, a college or university will have its own OPE ID number and its own listing in the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Collection Tool (available at https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety/#/).

Institutions that are part of a “system” must purchase a training platform for each college/ university within the system that is an independently accredited institution or that has its own President/Chancellor, etc. (even if the system has one Board of Trustees/Regents). Typically, a college or university will have its own OPE ID number and its own listing in the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Collection Tool (available at https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety/#/).

End of the Year Closure Notice

The NACCOP training system closes for enrollment at the end of each calendar year to allow us to re-date all of the courses for the new calendar year. This is necessary for managing the recertification programs available in the training center. This transition of courses will occur between the last week or December and the first week of January, thus the courses are unavailable during this short timeframe. The site administrator for each client institution will be notified of the exact dates for the closure in the last quarter of each calendar year.

How to Register

Current/Former NACCOP Members & Event Participants

If you are a current or past NACCOP member OR have participated in a NACCOP event, Click Here

You will need to enter the email address and password of the individual with a NACCOP profile. A NACCOP profile is generated through membership or event registrations and is specific to the individual who completed that process.

After you login, select Online Store from the left side menu. From the Online Store you can either purchase the program as a new subscriber by selecting, “VAWA Adjudicator On-Line Training Program NEW ORDER”, renew if you are an existing user by selecting the “VAWA Adjudicator On-Line Training Program 0-20 Users - RENEWAL (FOR EXISTING USERS)” option, or you can purchase additional users/licenses by selecting, “VAWA On-Line Training Program Additional Users/Licenses.”

NACCOP staff will contact you to initiate the process for establishing your subscription in the program and adding your users.

New Visitors to the NACCOP Website

If you have not held a past NACCOP member or participated in a previous NACCOP event, Click Here

After completing your profile, select Online Store from the left side menu. From the Online Store you can either purchase the program as a new subscriber by selecting, “VAWA Adjudicator On-Line Training Program NEW ORDER”, renew if you are an existing user by selecting the “VAWA Adjudicator On-Line Training Program 0-20 Users - RENEWAL (FOR EXISTING USERS)” option, or you can purchase additional users/licenses by selecting, “VAWA On-Line Training Program Additional Users/Licenses.”

NACCOP staff will contact you to initiate the process for establishing your subscription in the program and adding your users.

Training Development and Review Team

  • Dolores Stafford, Executive Director, National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals
  • Michael M. DeBowes, Ph.D., Director of Research & Strategic Initiatives, National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals
  • Adrienne Meador Murray, Director, Training & Compliance Activities, National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals
  • Beth Devonshire, Esq., Associate Dean of Students, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Kristen A. Kawczynski, Ph.D., Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Director, Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, Florida International University
  • Kathleen H. Quinn, Dean of Students, Maryville University
  • Chris Taylor, Ph.D., Director of Community Standards and Student Conduct, Wright State University