Cross-Institutional Complaints

Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. PDT

Using a case study approach, presenters will walk through a shared case that eachhad and use it for discussion of how they worked together with the other institution - what went right, what missed the mark, as well as share other experiences each of them had as they have worked through cross-institutional complaints.

Presenting will be:

Lynzie DeVeres is the Title IX Coordinator at Claremont McKenna College. She has worked in this role for over two and half years. Her current responsibilities include working with six other institution within Claremont, known as the Claremont Colleges. She also works very closely with the Dean of Student Office to support student educational trainings and some programs centered around Title IX issues. Previously she spent over five years working in higher education in Admissions and in Financial Aid. During her tenure in Admissions she served in many different capacities; as program coordinator for diversity recruitment, coordinated student and alumni engagement program events, and facilitated admission workshops for parents. Lynzie also worked for a labor union where her responsibilities included coordinating education programs about healthcare reform within the state of California, which also included working with members on wage disputes, and advocacy in grievance matters. Lynzie received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her J.D from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.

 Juli Dunn is the Associate Dean of Students and Title IX Administrator at Whitman College, one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country. Juli has worked at the Walla Walla, Washington-based Whitman College since 1993, first as the College's first certified athletic trainer providing preventative and rehabilitative care to Whitman's student-athletes, and later as Director of Academic Resources overseeing academic advising, tutoring, study skills series, mid-semester deficiency and academic probation advising, disability support services and more. Today, her role as Associate Dean of Students includes the oversight and implementation of retention, leadership and mentoring programs, oversight of pre-major advising and supervision of the Academic Resource Center Director. She is also the primary Student Conduct Administrator at the college. As Whitman's Title IX Administrator, Juli proactively educates the campus community on Title IX laws and matters and is the College’s point person for all cases of sex or gender-based harassment, discrimination, or assault. Juli previously served as the College’s lead Title IX investigator. Juli received her B. A. from Whitworth College and her M. A. from The Ohio State University.

Practice Considerations when Working with Respondents

Wednesday, February 13th at 12:00 p.m. PDT

This webinar will provide a comprehensive guide to working with respondents in your cases. Latest proposed regulations emphasize the care and balance that should accompany working with respondents, and the importance of due process. This webinar will guide you on how to approach working with respondents and cultivating a fair approach.

Presenting will be MATT NELSON. Matt is the lead Title IX Investigator for Gonzaga University, and has been involved in Title IX and support at Gonzaga after working as a residence life coordinator for the University of Oregon. He is the current president of the Northwest Association of Title IX Administrators. Proud alumnus of the University of Iowa and graduate alum of Western Illinois University.”

Writing Reports, Best Practices for Documentation Webinar

Wednesday, November 7th at 2:00 p.m. PDT.

Kelli Schmidt will provide an-depth training on report writing, including the purpose of investigative reports, essential elements of all reports, critical issues, and report formats. She will then breakdown and discuss report elements such as: background and preliminary case information; identifying the role of the investigator and the issue being investigated; scope, legal standards, and standard or proof; describing the investigation process; making findings of fact and credibility determinations; and analyses and conclusions. She will also share her practice tips gleaned from twenty years of experience writing investigation reports.

KELLI SCHMIDT is the owner of Advance Law Office, PLLC, where she provides independent, impartial civil rights investigations for school districts and employers. Before going into practice for herself, Kelli worked for Seattle Public Schools as Student Civil Rights Compliance Officer and interim Title IX Coordinator. Prior to that she was a Senior Attorney at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights where she led investigation teams and trained others in investigations for 16 years. A graduate of the University of Washington

School of Law and the University of California Santa Cruz, she began her legal career in the Pierce County and Seattle Offices of TeamChild representing youth involved in the juvenile justice system on civil legal issues. She is also the immediate past chair of WSBA's Civil Rights Law Section and on Vice President of K-12 on NWATIXA’s Board of Directors.


Thursday, September 27th at 9:00 a.m. PDT.

Topics to be addressed include: how to locate social media and online harassment that is not on your organization's system; how best to preserve evidence; what to do when the evidence may be child pornography; what resources are available for targets of harassment to get written or photographic items off third-party platforms such as social media apps and online forms?

NWATIXA 2018 Annual Conference

March 19 - 22, Idaho state University, Pocatello, Idaho


Autism Cultural Responsiveness at School: Primary, Secondary, and Post-Secondary Students

December 8, 2017 12:00 PM PDT

Join us for a one hour webinar on December 8th featuring Sara Sanders Gardner. Sara Sanders Gardner began her work in the disability field fifteen years ago, when her son received an autism spectrum diagnosis. Sara’s intense interest and study led to her own diagnosis, and a new career as a parent advocate and president of a large family support group in Orange County, CA. Through her experience working with families and her own family struggles, she created a six-week parenting workshop “Helping the Behaviorally Challenging Child” based on Ross Greene’s book “The Explosive Child” and taught it through United Cerebral Palsy OC for five years prior to moving to the Seattle area. Sara is now Washington State’s only certified Collaborative Problem Solving Trainer, through Think:Kids, a program of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry.

Sara began her work at Bellevue College in 2010, during a pilot study for what is now the Autism Spectrum Navigators program. Following the pilot, she stayed on to design and develop the program, which she now directs. Sara is also part-time faculty: she teaches the first class in the ASN course series to incoming program students, and is lead curriculum designer for the nine-course cohort series of classes. In her spare time, Sara consults with Microsoft Corporation to deliver “Autism at Work & Autism as a Culture” workshops to prospective managers, hiring managers, and team peers of individuals hired through Microsoft’s Autism Inclusive Hiring Program. 

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


New Title IX Interim Guidance: What do we need to know? 

September 29, 2017 @ 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM PDT

On September 22, 2017 the Department of Education rescinded the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter and the 2014 Q&A and issued new Interim Guidance on Campus Sexual Misconduct. 

What does this mean in practice and how will it change how Title IX Coordinators approach complaints?

Join us for one hour webinar on September 29th featuring Debbie Osgood, a Partner at Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd. and a nationally recognized expert on the civil rights laws and regulations that govern educational institutions.  After more than 25 years at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Debbie currently represents educational institutions, including public and private colleges and universities, school districts, accrediting entities, and nonprofit organizations, on a wide range of educational policy and legal issues. Her area of specialty is advising educational institutions on how to best position themselves to avoid claims of discrimination by students and employees and how to effectively respond to these claims. 

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Receiving Notice of Title IX Issues on Campus: What Next?
FEBRUARY 15, 2017@ 12-1pm PST

This webinar will explore the variety of avenues in which an institution can receive notice of a Title IX concern on campus and review different methods of responding that ensure OCR obligations of a prompt and effective response are met. Through the use of case examples, participants will also explore how to best handle challenges that may arise due to ambiguity, confidentiality, reluctant complainants, and dealing with upper level administrators who take an interest in a case.


Joseph Bryant is the Executive Director of Student
Rights and Responsibilities at Central Washington University and one of the University's Deputy Title IX Coordinators. He also works in Health Promotion at Central Washington University.


Gail Farmer is the Manager of the Equal Opportunity Office at Central Washington University and one of the University's Deputy Title IX Coordinators.

Gender for Title IX Administrators: Gender Diversity, Education, and Legal Protections for Transgender Students
November 21, 2016 @ 1-2:30pm PST

In May 2016, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance to ensure that all students, including transgender students, can attend school in an environment free from discrimination based on sex. For many schools and Title IX coordinators, understanding and implementing OCR’s guidance has been a learning curve for their school community. What action can you take as a Title IX coordinator to provide a supportive, non-discriminatory environment for all students, including gender-nonconforming and transgender students? How can you identify discrimination on the basis of gender identity on your campus and how can you talk about gender with your school community?


Aidan Key’s work to increase understanding and awareness of gender identity in all people has taken him into places ranging from kindergarten classes to boardrooms. He has guided many schools, churches and organizations in expanding their understanding, knowledge and confidence to adequately and create optimal environments that support not only the transgender child, teen or adult but also positively impact the people around them. Key is the author of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: Child Chapter (2014, Oxford University Press) co-author of Gender Cognition in Transgender Children (2015, Psychological Science). In 2001, Aidan Key founded the Gender Odyssey conference, then in 2007, the Gender Odyssey Family conference for families with transgender children and GO Professional Seminar for professionals/providers. He leads trainings for providers, agencies, and other child-based organizations. Key has the largest network of support groups in the nation at Seattle Children’s Hospital for parents of transgender and gender non-conforming children. Aidan founded Gender Diversity: Education and Support Services and serves as the organization’s director. The Pride Foundation, Ingersoll Gender Center, Chicago Black Pride, Seattle Out and Proud, and the Seattle LGBT Center have recognized Aidan’s work. He has often been featured in the national media, including appearances on Oprah, NPR, and Larry King Live. Aidan lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife Kristin.

Mallory Sullivan is a Program Supervisor in the Equity and Civil Rights Office at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). The Equity and Civil Rights Office works to ensure that each student has equal access to public education without discrimination and raises awareness of rights and responsibilities under civil rights laws. Mallory provides assistance to schools and parents to resolve allegations of discrimination, develops resources and guidance documents for school districts, and enforces compliance with state civil rights laws though monitoring and complaint investigation. Before joining OSPI, Mallory’s practice at a Seattle-based law firm focused on school law, including civil rights compliance and litigation. She attended University of Washington School of Law and during law school gained experience working at the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and with the general counsel’s office in a large Washington school district. 

 The OSPI Equity & Civil Rights office has had statewide guidance clarifying school district’s obligations to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression since 2012. These guidelines for school districts were cited multiple times in the May 2016 OCR guidance as examples of policies and emerging practices for supporting transgender students.

Lessons from John Doe Cases
June 21, 2016 @ 1pm PDT

We have now seen several years of stepped-up activity by lawmakers and aggressive and sometimes controversial enforcement and guidances from the Department of Education designed to address the very real problem of sexual violence on college campuses.  Schools haverevised and updated policies, trained thousands of students, established or upgraded reporting channels, and taken a close look at disciplinary procedures, timelines, and sanctions.  That was followed in short order by a wave of litigation filed by disciplined students filing their own form of “reverse discrimination” lawsuits.  The lawsuits have a lot in common:  they are typically brought by disciplined male students (hence the John Doe of our title), and they assert a variety of legal theories including denial of due process, discrimination on the basis of sex (male), defamation, and breach of contract.  A growing number of these lawsuits have now survived initial motions to dismiss.  There are lessons to be learned from the John Doe cases that can help campus teams review and update policy language, ensure fair and equitable procedures, address concerns about subconscious bias, and plan for proper sanctions.  NWATIXA members and friends are invited to attend this webinar to learn about the kinds of procedural and structural concerns that regularly appear in disciplinary challenges, and to discuss steps they can take now to limit exposure and risk. 




Outside Funding and Title IX Law Guiding and Managing Booster Clubs and Outside Resources in Interscholastic Athletic Programs - February 29, 2016 @ 2-3:30pm PST

High school athletics booster clubs and other outside funding resources have become a necessity in these financially trying times.  Once predominately organized to provide sports teams with the "extras" required to run a high-level program these organizations are sometimes the primary sources of funding for nearly all athletics expenditures in many school districts.  High school athletics programs have become the target in Title IX litigation many times due to schools permitting these outside resources to come into their athletics program thereby creating disparities.  This webinar will discuss ways that school districts can be proactive in their efforts to guide and manage booster clubs and outside funding resources in their interscholastic athletic programs.














Types of Offenders - January 14, 2016 @ 10am-11:30am PST
This training was originally developed by Jerry Trew, J.D. who has a vast and extensive career in law enforcement as a police officer, detective and head of major crimes, as well as an extensive career as a lawyer and judge, and now currently serves as a Title IX Coordinator. This training has been expanded by both Jerry and Stephanie to include Myths, Misconceptions and archetypes to assist attendees in early identification of alarming behavior to better stop harassment and prevent its reoccurrence at the earliest onset and whenever possible. This training seeks to demystify individuals who engage in gender-based discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct and provide attendees with a tool to help identify types of offenders you may see in your work as a Title IX Investigator/Coordinator and create a common language in order to better identify and understand offender behaviors, motivations, and modes of operation.


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Paula Barran, a founding partner at Barran Liebman, has been practicing labor and employment law since 1980. She has written extensively on management law and is a national speaker and trainer. In addition to providing employer advice, Paula handles employment litigation in state and federal courts, and labor disputes and employment arbitrations. Additionally, she develops and presents “train the trainer” programs to introduce comprehensive and cost effective training programs into workplaces. Paula is recognized annually by Super Lawyers, Chambers & Partners USA, and Best Lawyers as one of Oregon’s top Employment and Labor Law attorneys.  She is also a fellow of both The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation.  In addition to her labor and employment practice, she represents colleges and universities on wide ranging compliance issues including institutional obligations under Title VI, Title IX, and VAWA, and has earned an ATIXA Title IX Coordinator Certificate.  Paula received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary, M.A. from Cornell University, Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, J.D., with honors, from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, and M.B.A. degree from the University of Oregon, Oregon Executive MBA program.


Peg Pennepacker has been a high school athletic director for 25 years and has served as a teacher/athletic director, assistant principal/athletic director and a full-time athletic director.  She has been in public education for 35 years beginning as a health and physical education teacher before moving into school and athletic administration.  She is currently the athletic director in the State College Area School District, State College, PA.

Peg has earned the designation of Pennsylvania Registered Athletic Director from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association (PSADA) and Certified Athletic Administrator from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).  In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Lock Haven University, a Masters degree in Sport and Athletic Administration from West Chester University and both elementary and secondary principal’s certification from the University of Scranton.

As an NIAAA Leadership Training Course National Faculty member, Peg has presented numerous clinics and sessions in the professional development program as the Title IX national chairperson. Peg is also the founder of High School Title IX Consulting Services a small consulting service focused on assisting high schools with Title IX compliance.  She may be contacted at


Originally from Montana, Stephanie N. Whaley attended Seattle University for her undergrad and Michigan State University for her graduate work in Student Affairs Administration. Prior to working at Gonzaga University, Stephanie served as a Title IX Investigator and Trainer for 3.5 years at the University of Alaska Anchorage before becoming the Title IX Coordinator at GU in in June of 2015, Stephanie has been working professionally in Higher Education since 2007 and has a significant background in Residence Life and Housing, Crisis Response and Management and Title IX.