1. Planning and Conducting Student Sexual Harassment Investigations in K-12 Schools

Planning and Conducting Student Sexual Harassment Investigations in K-12 Schools

Planning and Conducting Student Sexual Harassment Investigations in K-12 Schools
Event ID: 18596
Recording: 15916

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter: Richard Verstegen, partner, Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison, Wisconsin
Price: $299.00 On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? School administrators, Title IX coordinators, human resources directors, student services directors, and school legal counsel
Best For: K-12

One of the most challenging areas in complying with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) is conducting effective investigations related to a complaint of student sexual harassment or sexual violence. In recent years, the Department of Education has provided greater attention to this area, including providing various guidance documents on this area. Still, Title IX Coordinators must ensure that any investigation into a student sexual harassment complaint is both prompt and equitable, which requires Title IX Coordinators to have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of a civil rights investigation. Please join Richard Verstegen for this discussion regarding the best practices of an effective investigation into a complaint of sexual harassment, including methods on interviewing witnesses, analyzing various evidence and testimony, and applying this evidence to the applicable legal standards.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Learn about the proposed Title IX regulations, released by the Department of Education on November 16, 2018
  • Understand how to plan a student sexual harassment investigation in an efficient and effective manner
  • Learn how to interview witnesses during the investigation and what types of evidence and information you should strive to obtain during any investigation
  • Review methods in finalizing any factual findings, including assessing credibility, and applying these findings to arrive and draft a final investigation report, including applying these facts to legal standards
  • Apply these concepts to various fact scenarios to increase your understand and consider appropriate policies and procedure language to address such incidents


Your conference leader for “Planning and Conducting Student Sexual Harassment Investigations in K-12 Schools” is Richard F. Verstegen, attorney, Boardman & Clark, LLP, Madison Wisconsin. Rick is an experienced member of the School Law Practice Group and the Labor and Employment Group at the firm. He represents educational institutions (including public school districts and technical colleges) in a variety of education law matters. He counsels school clients in labor and employment, student rights, student discipline, meetings and records, special education, Title IX, privacy and technology issues, student safety, policy, governance, and many other issues. Rick regularly provides training on these issues, conducts compliance reviews, attends board meetings, drafts and negotiates contracts, prepares opinions, analyzes legislation and school board policies, and provides other legal services. Rick has also published many articles on education and employment law related topics. In addition, he has participated in seminars and presentations dealing with education, labor, and employment related topics. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and is the former president of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association, and is admitted to practice before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. He earned his JD degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

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