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Title IX Training: Meeting the New Federal Mandates


The U.S. Department of Education recently issued new Title IX regulations regarding sexual harassment in public schools. The regulations become effective on August 14, 2020. The regulations require specific training for each Title IX coordinator as well as for the individuals who are assigned designated roles in the process that the school adopts for resolving formal complaints of Title IX sexual harassment (i.e., investigators, decision-makers and facilitators of informal resolutions).

Note: See below for a WASB Nov. 9, 2020 update concerning the upcoming change in federal administration.

Based on the Title IX training mandates, WASB staff are working with the law firm of Boardman & Clark to provide training packages, which include webinars and training materials that school districts can purchase to satisfy the requirements.

To purchase the Title IX Training for your district:

(Note: The following steps are intended for the person who has access to and is authorized to make purchases for the district on the WASB online portal. This is typically the district administrator, business official and/or district administrative assistant.) 

  • Log in to the WASB website and click on “My Portal”
  • On your district’s portal page, scroll down to Subscriptions
  • Click “Subscribe to a Subscription”
  • Select the package that best suits your district’s needs

Contact the WASB with any questions or for assistance.

For detailed information about what the training modules include, see below. Training modules available through June 30, 2021.

WASB Update Concerning the Upcoming Change in Federal Administration (November 9, 2020)

The full extent of the impact of a change in federal administrations at the Department of Education on Title IX is not fully known, however, subscribers should be aware of potential changes affecting the following:

  1. Designation of a Title IX Coordinator, the adoption of grievance procedures, notice/dissemination of policies, sexual harassment definitions and grievance process:  The recent changes enacted in this area were done through the regulatory process.  Any changes in this arena would need to go through a similar regulatory change.  Due to that fact, the changes in this area may take longer to occur than other items as noted below.
  2. Gender Identity under Title IX:  The present administration at the Department of Education rescinded the prior administration’s guidance regarding transgender students.  (Please see DOJ Dear Colleague Letter February 22, 2017.)  It is possible that the incoming administration at the DOE will revert to the prior guidance or adopt new guidance.  We will discuss this during the webinar covering transgender students.
  3. Title IX Athletics and Educational Programming:  This area of Title IX (other than those areas pertaining to transgender and cisgender athletes, sexual harassment, and sexual assault) were largely unchanged by the recent Title IX regulations.

We will continue to monitor this area and update the materials as necessary.

Details on Title IX Training Module Packages and Content

Every purchase of a training package includes:

  •  The opportunity to access the webinars for each module, live and recorded.
  • The Title IX training materials for all modules as they become available.
  • Permission to post the training materials on the district’s website (the Title IX regulations include a mandate to make certain training materials available on the district’s website).
  • The opportunity to obtain a “Certificate of Completion” for training that is mandated by the Title IX regulations.

The Title IX coordinator for a district is encouraged to participate in the training provided by all modules.

Title IX Training Packages

The cost of the training packages are tiered based on the number of individuals authorized to directly access the training modules and eligible to receive a “Certificate of Completion.”

  • $450 Package: District access to all modules with up to 5 employees eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion
  • $550 Package: District access to all modules with up to 10 employees eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion
  • $650 Package: District access to all modules with an unlimited number of employees eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion

Attention WASB Policy Resource Guide Subscribers: Contact the WASB for a separate package opportunity.

Training modules available through June 30, 2021.

Training Module Content and Dates

Each purchase of a training package includes, at a minimum, access to the following modules as they become available:

I. Training Mandated by Title IX Regulations (Certificate of Completion will be available)

    • Module 1:  Comprehensive Overview of the 2020 Title IX Regulations for Title IX Coordinators.
      The materials for this module are available to subscribers. The webinar presentations were recorded and are now available on demand.
    • Module 2:  Specialized Training for Investigators and Decision-Makers in the Title IX Grievance Process (Title IX Coordinators should also complete this module)
      The materials for this module are available to subscribers. The webinar presentations were recorded and are now available on demand.  
    • Module 3:  Facilitating an Informal Resolution to a Formal Complaint of Sexual Harassment Under Title IX (Title IX Coordinators and any other person who may serve as a facilitator should complete this module)
      The materials for this module are available to subscribers. The webinar presentations were recorded and are now available on demand.

II. Beyond Minimum Compliance: Expanded Training/Staff Development

    • Module 4:  What All School Employees Need to Know about Sexual Harassment Under the 2020 Title IX Regulations – Now Available! 
      The “all staff” module consists of materials that can be covered in about 25-30 minutes.  Longer versions of the module are also available for districts that wish to present an overview or refresher regarding sexual harassment, more generally, in addition to the material that is more narrowly focused on Title IX.  School districts may customize the materials with information from their own policies and procedures, if desired.  Non-customized recorded presentations of the materials are available, and the links to those recordings may be shared within the district.
    • Module 5:  What All Principals and other Supervisors Need to Know about Sexual Harassment Under the 2020 Title IX Regulations – Now Available!
      This module conveys significant information about the 2020 Title IX regulations to those administrators and administrators who do not have a direct, designated Title IX role (i.e., the person is not a Title IX Coordinator or an investigator, decision-maker, or facilitator within the local Title IX grievance process for formal complaints of sexual harassment).  School districts may customize the materials with information from their own policies and procedures, if desired.  A non-customized recorded presentation of the materials is available, and the link to the recording may be shared within the district.
    • Module 6:  Beyond Sexual Harassment: The Full Role and Responsibilities of a K-12 Title IX Coordinator – Coming in November and December
      This component covers additional aspects of sex discrimination under Title IX that every Title IX Coordinator needs to know to be effective in the role, such as:
      • Sex discrimination in extracurricular activities, including athletics
      • Disparate treatment of individuals based on sex
      • Transgender individuals under Title IX

Note:

  • The Title IX training materials do not include individualized local school district Title IX policies or procedures or customized training on local policies/procedures.
  • To be most effective, districts should provide individualized training on the district’s Title IX policies and procedures. To this end, districts may elect to contact Boardman & Clark or the WASB to assist with such localized, policy-based training.
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The Title IX training materials, including the comments of all webinar speakers who present the materials, do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon or used as legal advice. The materials will present information and commentary to facilitate a general understanding of the topics that are addressed but are not necessarily an exhaustive treatment of any legal or policy issues. If a school district requires legal advice regarding any topic, issue, situation or incident, the advice should be obtained from the school district’s designated legal counsel.

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