Campus Safety magazine published “4 Questions Every Campus Should Ask When Hiring a Title IX Private Investigator” by Michael Epperly.
Since 2011, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (respectively, “ED” and “OCR”), has required that all persons involved in an institution’s Title IX grievance procedure – including its investigators – have demonstrable training or experience in conducting sexual assault investigations. Many institutions are attempting to comply with this requirement by hiring dedicated Title IX investigators; however, many such investigators have insufficient training or experience in the investigation of sexual assault or sexual violence to comply with OCR’s requirements.
Few institutions realize that private investigators may be leveraged to either conduct the institution’s Title IX investigations or enhance and augment the skills, experience, and resources of institutional investigators. However, there is wide variety in the skills and capabilities of those currently working in this field. This paper discusses five questions that every administrator should ask when contemplating the use of outside investigators in connection with Title IX investigations.
This article as published in Campus Safety was altered so significantly prior to publication that it contained errors and misstatements. Please read the original full article here.
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