Claims of Student Sexual Harassment in Colleges and Universities: Understand the Law & How to Respond

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DL Only                $349.00 includes recorded presentation, slides, and Q&A
Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law and president, HR Learning Center, LLC
Price: $349.00, DL includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
CE Credits: This program has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.
Who Should Attend? Faculty, administrators, university counsel, human resources
Best For: Higher Education

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 guarantees equal access to education, and the Federal Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for overseeing Title IX. From rape to harassment and everything between, colleges and universities that receive federal funds are required to comply with Title IX. This not only includes providing a safe educational environment but also the requirements for responding to complaints of student harassment.


In one recent example the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (UNC) experienced firsthand what this can involve:

A UNC student claimed that she was raped by a fellow student. The alleged attacker was cleared of sexual assault by a campus board but was found guilty of harassing his accuser. After the accuser, two other students, a former dean, and an alumna filed complaints with the OCR about how the university handles sexual assault reports by students; a student disciplinary board brought charges against the female student accuser for allegedly engaging in disruptive and intimidating behavior against the man she claimed raped her. The alleged rape "victim" claimed that she was being retaliated against, and the administration subsequently managed to get the student disciplinary board to suspend its proceedings pending an external review of the allegations.

This incident illustrates a number of important points:

  • First and foremost, it may suggest that even the largest institutions may not fully understand their responsibilities under Title IX or how to respond if they receive a complaint or if a complaint is filed with the OCR.
  • Not to understand and respond appropriately to the law related to preventing harassment and sexual assault against students can potentially further the trauma to the parties in these situations and subject the school to significant additional legal and reputational risks.
  • How the administration responds can help to minimize claims of retaliation.
  • There are also dos and don'ts for responding to charges by students and procedures for investigating such claims. In today's environment, the best advice may be to be proactive and make sure that you are prepared to deal with charges such as these before they occur.

Please join Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law, as she goes step-by-step through Title IX and helps you to understand the types of procedures you should put in place for responding and investigating student harassment claims.


In this webinar we will:

  • Review Title IX requirements step-by-step.
  • Understand the proper way to respond to a charge of sexual harassment or sexual assault by a college student.
  • Discuss OCR complaint procedures and how the OCR investigates complaints.
  • Know the dos and don'ts of responding to student sexual harassment and sexual assault claims.
  • Discuss procedures for responding to student sexual harassment and assault claims.
  • Discuss how to avoid charges of retaliation.


Your conference leader for "Claims of Student Sexual Harassment in Colleges and Universities: Understand the Law and How to Respond" is Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law. Ms. Fleischer is a management-side employment attorney with 20 years of experience representing clients in employment law discrimination litigation as well as providing preventive counseling and training on workplace issues. HR Learning Center, LLC offers training seminars, webinars, and consulting on a wide range of workplace and human resources issues. She is also a frequent speaker on a wide range of employment law topics including: workplace investigations, anti-harassment training, FMLA and ADA training, workplace violence prevention, etc. Ms. Fleischer earned her J.D. degree from the George Washington University School of Law. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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