Upcoming Institutes

Kutztown University | Monday, April 17, 2017  | 1pm to 9pm.

The Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policy Institute  (School & University Administrators; Legal, Law Enforcement & Medical Professionals; Government Leaders, ) (REGISTER)

Repsect My Red Peer Leadership Training Institute  (Student Leaders, Counselors, Health Educators & Advisors) (REGISTER) (View Agenda)

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Itinerary:  The Policy Institute on Title IX and Sexual Misconduct

Institute Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn how laws and definitions have changed over the last decade.
  2. Understand Dear Colleague, Title IX, Mandated Reporters, and more guidelines and prescriptions from the national and state levels.
  3. Understand “actual notice,” “fundamental fairness,” “providing notice,” and “deliberate indifference”.
  4. Know how to craft a comprehensive sexual misconduct policy, including technology-related sexual misconduct.
  5. Understand technology-related sexual misconduct, consent, incapacity and sexual exploitation.
  6. Learn how to properly process complaints parallel with criminal and civil proceedings.
  7. Understand the rights of an accused student and an alleged victim.
  8. Obtain strategies to best educate faculty and staff on sexual misconduct and response protocol.
  9. Understand research supported methods to educate students, including integration into existing curricula, survey instruments, learning outcomes and developmentally appropriate content for students of all ages, genders, religious affiliations, socio-economic backgrounds, and sexual orientations.

Monday, April 17, 2017

12:00-1:00pm Check-in

1:00-1:15pm Opening Remarks and Institute Orientation

Katie Koestner, President of COS; Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, President of Kutztown University

1:15-2:00pm: Interactive Case Study:  He Said-She Said

Listen as two students describe a night of partying and sexual interaction.   This case serves as the conference foundation.

Grab a light snack and conference divides into two groups for Policy Institute and Respect Red Leadership Training.

2:10pm-2:40pm: Title IX:  What You Need to Know

Understand these three crucial mandates as related to sexual misconduct policy and prevention. Has your school met all necessary requirements? Is your administration fully versed?

2:40pm-3:20pm:  Policy Fundamentals for Employee and Student Handbooks

What must handbooks include about sexual misconduct?  How is the term defined?  Understand coercion vs. consent and intoxication vs. incapacitation.  What rights, if any, should be stated in the handbook?


  • Criminal vs. civil vs. school definitions
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Sexual assault vs. rape
  • Same-sex sexual assault
  • Technology-related sexual misconduct (sexting)


 3:30pm-4:20pm: Procedures for Doing Discipline Well

What are best practices for addressing policy violations to successfully balance punishment, education, contract compliance, risk management, legal compliance, and most importantly institutional mission?  Learn when to involve parents, legal counsel, and criminal authorities.


  • Philosophical approach:  Education vs. Discipline
  • Investigation process
  • Burden and standard of proof
  • Jurisdiction

4:20pm-5:15pm:  Response Protocols for Incidents and Victimology

Checklist of practical response when someone knows or reasonably should know that an incident has occurred.  Compliance with mandated reporting for K-12, Clery, VAWA, and state laws for school administrators.


  • Reporting obligations
  • Responding to the accused
  • Rape-Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • 3rd party reports
  • Interactions with media and parents

5:15pm-5:50pm:  Prevention Education and Employee Training Best Practices

Understand the ways to impart school policies during training for all members of your community to increase adoption and ensure compliance with state and federal guidelines that, in turn, can reduce liability.

Topics Addressed:

  • Educating males vs. females
  • Cultural sensitivity and international student issues
  • Developmental models for all ages
  • Peer leadership and bystander intervention
  • Education for adults

5:50pm-6:00pm:  Application of Training to “He Said – She Said” Case

Analyze the case study again applying the skills and knowledge from the day.  Recap of the “Four P’s” and consider how they apply to your institution.

6:00-7:00pm:  Dinner with New Friends

Optional Dinner Workshop for Additional Training: Interview Technique and Mandated Reports

Using the case study, become the adjudicator and ask questions of the students. If you are hearing the case at your institution, what information is relevant to decide your course of action? How can you ask questions without bias?

7:00-8:00pm:  Keynote:  “No-Yes:  The Empowering Story of Katie Koestner”

Katie Koestner was on the cover of TIME Magazine as the first woman in history to publicly speak out about being a victim of date rape. She has shared her personal story with over 5 million students. She addresses sexual assault, respect, consent, healthy decision-making, and alcohol, while inspiring students to become active bystanders in your community. To both educate and inspire at the same time can be a challenge, but this is exactly what Katie accomplishes with her program.  Katie shares her story as she weaves in key information about sexual assault and stories from survivors and upstanders as she has traveled the country. Katie shares a message of courage through her personal story that goes well beyond the hour after her program.  Her audiences remember her words, her strength and her conviction.  They incorporate her examples into their next steps in life.

8:00-9:00pm:  Workshop Choice

How to Help a Survivor:  From Hurt to Healing

What should you say or do to help someone who confides in you about their victimization?  What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?  What have hundreds of survivors said that helped them the most?

Activism for Any Age and Any Stage

What can you do to foment change within your community?  What are options and success stories.  Learn about how social justice works and doesn’t work depending on the strategy and deployment.  This workshop is for those who seek to make things better at any age.

Faculty Biographies

Greg Bernabeo, Partner, Saul Ewing

Greg Bernabeo brings a multidimensional approach to problem solving for a wide array of entities, including non-profits, corporations of all sizes and educational organizations.  Assisted by his academic training and degrees in mechanical engineering, business and law, Greg’s analytical style and perspective are tremendous assets in risk management, intellectual property, and university policy.  Greg is an attorney and partner at the Saul Ewing law firm, with eleven offices throughout the mid-Atlantic.  He works in concert with the firm’s Higher Education Practice Group, which provides trusted “one-stop” legal services for institutions of higher education.  The team has extensive expertise in assisting the Higher Education community, including experience related to Title IX investigations and litigation, Clery Act compliance, discrimination claims, and challenges to student conduct sanctions.  Greg enjoys bringing legal concepts to life via training and workshops.  Greg is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and before the United States Supreme Court.

Amanda Blaugher, Program Director, Take Back The Night Foundation

Amanda Blaugher serves as the Program Director for the Take Back The Night Foundation and is the Assistant Director of Residence Life at Penn State Harrisburg. Amanda oversees national campaigns such as 10 Points of Light and Respect My Red for the Take Back The Night Foundation.  She works with school, colleges, and communities to help them organize their walks, runs, vigils and other programming components.  She is the Conference Program Coordinator for Respect is Red:  The International Summit to End Sexual Violence. Amanda works tirelessly to assist event holders around the globe with planning and organizing their walks, runs, vigils and educational programs. Holding a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Shippensburg University, Amanda has been committed to raising awareness about all forms of sexual violence since she was a college student, at which time she created a Women’s Empowerment Program that oversaw all programming efforts on campus around sexual violence and healthy relationships. She has presented to over 200,000 students and professionals at more than 100 colleges, universities, military bases, corporations, non-profits and high schools across the country on sexual violence and healthy relationships.

Matthew Colpitts, Dean of Students, Interlochen Arts Academy

Matthew Colpitts is Dean of Students at Interlochen Arts Academy.  Matthew has extensive experience in student affairs.  Previously, he worked in student affairs and emergency management at Utah State University.  While at USU, he worked with the community to improve campus safety. Matthew was also the Associate Director of the Landmark College High School Program, serving as the senior student affairs official for the college’s program for high school students with learning disabilities. He also held several other important roles at Landmark, including staff representative to the trustees. He is currently a doctoral candidate, studying emergency management, higher education, and student affairs.

Brandon Dawson, Dean of Student Life, Elmira College

Brandon Dawson is the Dean of Student Life of Elmira College in Southern New York. With thirteen years of experience in the field of higher education, Brandon brings with him knowledge and skills to manage and implement services and activities around student conduct and crisis management. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Law and Justice, from the State University of New York College at Cortland and Masters in Educational Leadership from Manhattanville College. Brandon has served in numerous leadership roles including Vice President of Student Affairs at Endicott College and the Dean of Students in the Division of Student Affairs at Manhattanville College. Brandon has certifications in BASICS, Clery Compliance from the Clery Center, Sexual Assault Investigator Training from Boston University and is active member of various Student Affairs National Organizations. Alongside his professional roles, Brandon is recognized as an expert in campus safety and student conduct. He has presented regionally and nationally on both topics and been hired by colleges to speak on topics related to student safety.

Colin Gallant, Health Educator and Trainer in New England

Colin travels throughout the country to colleges and high schools to connect with students, especially men, about the importance of taking a stand against sexual violence in all forms.  He shares stories from his own life experience as well as the interactive program, “He Said-She Said.”  He holds two bachelor’s degrees from Connecticut College in Philosophy and Classical History and a master’s degree in Public Health from Boston University.  Colin’s leadership has included implementation of programs in compliance with Title IX, VAWA and the Campus Security Act within a wide variety of institutions of higher education as well as K-12 schools.  Colin founded the 1 in 4 chapter at Connecticut College, and has presented at over 100 national and regional conferences, school assemblies, keynotes and workshops on the issue of sexual violence and men’s roles in ending sexual assault.

Will Hannum, Partner, Schwartz-Hannum

William E. Hannum III is Managing Partner of Schwartz Hannum PC in Andover, MA.  Will represents employers and educators in the full spectrum of labor and employment law matters, including employment litigation, labor relations and collective bargaining and employment counseling.  Will advises the Firm’s school and education clients on the full range of education law issues, including reports of abuse, as well as student and employee matters, risk management, compliance, and documentation ranging from employment contracts to handbooks to bullying prevention and intervention plans.  He has also represented unionized and non-unionized employers (including for profit and non-profit organizations) throughout the United States in a variety of industries.  Since 2012, Will has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading attorney in Labor and Employment Law.  Will has been selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer® and top Labor and Employment attorney in Massachusetts for each consecutive year since 2004.  Will currently serves as a member on the Labor & Employment Education Steering Committee for the Boston Bar Association and is a frequent speaker and author on labor and employment law.

Jules Irvin-Rooney, Legal Consultant, Title IX and Clery Act Consulting, LLC

Jules C. Irvin-Rooney, J.D. is a legal consultant and advocate. She serves as President of Title IX and Clery Act Consulting, LLC, an affiliate of The Irvin Law Firm. Ms. Irvin-Rooney’s concentration areas include education and higher education law, and her specialties are Title IX, Clery Act, FERPA, and Special Education issues. Working with both students and institutions, Ms. Irvin-Rooney strives to empower all to know their rights about sexual violence and Title IX. She provides her expertise and analysis to a variety of educational settings regarding K-12 and higher education on school sexual assault prevention and compliance with federal guidelines. Additionally, she facilitates training for schools and advocacy groups regarding compliance issues, and implements discussions of “best practices.” Ms. Irvin-Rooney is the founding Board Chair for Stop Sexual Assault in Schools (SSAIS) and also serves as an Advisory Board Member to S.E.S.A.M.E. (Stop Educator Sexual Abuse Misconduct & Exploitation). Ms. Irvin-Rooney holds a J.D. from William & Mary Law School where she was awarded the National Association of Women Lawyers Award along with the Dean’s Certificate for special and outstanding service to the law school community. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Rhetoric & Communications Studies and Sociology. In addition, she earned her Master’s degree in English: Rhetoric and Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Todd Kamenash, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct, Kent State University

Todd Kamenash has been the Director of the Office of Student Conduct (formerly Judicial Affairs) at Kent State University since 2010.  Prior to that, Todd worked at the University at Buffalo from 1998 – 2010 as the assistant and then associate director of Judicial Affairs / Student Advocacy (formerly Ombudsman). Todd’s skill sets include experience in writing and rewriting Codes of Conduct, multicultural competence for student affairs administrators, addressing sexual harassment and misconduct through campus discipline procedures, and developing process flows for various student affairs functions.  Todd has presented locally, regionally, and nationally on numerous topics pertaining to campus life and disciplinary matters.  Some of Todd’s presentations include the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy, “Campus Conduct Processes for Sexual Assault” and various workshops at the Association for Student Conduct Administration International & Regional Conferences.

Gary Kelly, Technical Lieutenant for Campus Sexual Assault Victims’ Unit, NY State Police

Gary Kelly is a thirty-year veteran with the New York State Police, currently assigned to oversee the NY State Police Campus Sexual Assault Victims Unit (CSAVU) and the Special Victims Unit (SVU). In the dual role, Gary is responsible for managing the staff and work of CSAVU members across the state in their outreach to college and university campuses, and implementing a prevention education campaign and response training program. He is also responsible for managing the staff and work of the state police members assigned to the Special Victims Unit.  He oversees the development and implementation of law enforcement training in the fields of child abuse, sexual offense investigations, elder abuse, and the state’s AMBER Alert program.  He is responsible for the management of New York State’s AMBER Alert child abduction program. Gary has served on numerous task forces and committees, including the New York State Children’s Justice Task Force, the Capital Region Sexual Assault Response Team, and the NYS Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team.  He has more than nineteen years of field experience as an investigator, conducting investigations of child abuse, sexual assaults, and other felony offenses. Gary holds a Master’s Degree from the State University of New York at Albany School of Criminal Justice and has instructed law enforcement and social service agencies for two decades.

Katie Koestner, Executive Director, Campus Outreach Services

Katie Koestner is a national expert on student safety and technology issues.  She has appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live, CNN, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Later Today, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight and other national television programs.  She is the subject of an HBO movie and has lectured at over 2000 schools in North America.  Her audiences have included the incoming classes at MIT, Brown University, West Point, the US Naval Academy, Amherst College, Williams College, the top 200 officers of the Department of Defense, and the American Association of School Administrators.  In 2010, the US Ambassador to India invited Katie to keynote and lead a 19-day campaign in India to raise awareness about Violence Against Women.  In 2011, Ms. Koestner’s Foundation, Take Back The Night, was chosen by the TV Show, The Good Wife, as their charity of choice for their Celebrity Golf Tournament.  The Girl Scouts of America selected Katie, Katie Couric and a handful of others as honored women to present for their 100th Anniversary Celebration.   She has assisted the US Department of Education in developing and providing programs to women in high risk communities.   Her testimony on Capitol Hill was instrumental in the passage of federal student safety legislation.  In 2007, Coe College awarded her an honorary doctorate for her extensive work on student safety and public service.  In 2015, the US Department of State chose Katie to work with a delegation of Chinese diplomates at the United Nations on strategies to reduce sexual and relationship violence.

Robb Monkman, Founder, React Mobile

Robb Monkman was the victim of an armed robbery and hostage situation while in college.  He nearly lost his life and feels lucky to be alive today.  Out of his personal experience, Robb co-founded Reach Mobile.  Presently, Robb serves as the CEO of the company.  He has over a decade of marketing and management experience at multiple start-ups. Prior to launching React Mobile, Robb served as the Marketing Director for software startup marketing emergency communications software to the Department of Defense (DoD) and to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With his current work, he is determined to develop a powerful personal safety platform to transform the way people call for help in emergencies and his team is making tomorrow a safer place.  React Mobile is already helping people all over the world.

Jim Taylor, Partner, Saul Ewing

James D. Taylor is Co-Chair of Saul Ewing’s Higher Education Practice.  He routinely represents colleges and universities nationwide, as well as K-12 education institutions, including charter schools.  Jim has served as lead counsel in lawsuits brought by college and university students alleging a violation of Title IX, has provided training on Title IX and VAWA compliance, revised and been consulted on related policies and assisted institutions in responding to investigations by the Office for Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Education. Jim has also been lead counsel on matters involving student death, hazing, assaults and student or student group (including fraternity and sorority) discipline.  In his K-12 and charter school practice, in addition to providing general advice and compliance, including Title IX, Jim has advised education institutions in matters involving student disciplinary issues, allegations of discrimination, employment advice, and special education disputes.