Many institutions are grappling with new Title IX requirements and the issues surrounding the reporting and investigation of relationship violence and sexual misconduct. Many academic advisors are now mandated reporters, yet have little knowledge of the policies, procedures, and support services available to both complainants and respondents. As advising may be the only area where students have sustained contact with a representative of the institution, academic advisors may find themselves on the forefront of these difficult conversations. In this webinar, advisors will receive a primer on Title IX legislation, student rights and responsibilities in the investigation process, and the resources available to support all parties involved, as well as a review of what being a “mandated reporter” means and the implications for the advising relationship.
- Gain an understanding of the history and parameters of Title IX in relation to relationship violence and sexual misconduct;
- Learn basic reporting protocols on campus;
- Understand student rights and responsibilities surrounding the investigation process; and
- Discover resources both on and off campus to support all parties involved.
Mary Honore' Tucker, Instructor Coordinator of Advising, Criminology and Criminal Justice Department, University of Memphis
In addition to serving as an Instructor/Coordinator of Advising in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department at the University of Memphis, Mary Honore' Tucker also serves as one of three faculty Pre Law Advisors for the campus. Mary is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and Texas, and worked as a federal judicial law clerk and civil litigator before transitioning to higher education. Mary teaches in the areas of Constitutional Law and Capital Punishment. Mary is a Hearing Officer for the Office of Legal Counsel at the University of Memphis, and has become interested in the intersection of Title IX and advising as a result of training she received on Title IX investigations.
Shannon Lynn Burton, Associate University Ombudsperson / Research Integrity Coordinator, Michigan State University
In her role as Michigan State University’s Associate University Ombudsperson, Shannon Lynn Burton assists both complainants and respondents in better understanding their rights in the investigation process. She serves on the International Ombudsman Association’s Title IX Response Committee and has taught courses that focus on critical issues, as well as legal and ethical issues in higher education. Additionally, she has research interests in ethics/integrity, restorative justice, and due process in higher education.
Mark Duslak, Director of Student Development, Lake-Sumter State College
Mark Duslak has served as a school counselor for six years, was an academic and career advisor for two years, and has recently assumed the position of Director of Student Development, overseeing Campus Life, the Office of Student Disabilities, and Academic Advising at Lake-Sumter State College. Mark has worked in rural and urban school settings serving populations from grade 6 through college. His preparation as a counselor provided opportunities to understand issues of confidentiality, mandated reporting, and the effects on the counselor-client relationship. As a counselor, he was a mandated reporter and worked with students on issues of threats of violence, abuse, and harassment.