Title IX Team Training Materials

WPI is required by Title IX to make its training materials on Title IX publicly available. Due to the size of the documents only the titles are listed below. To request information and/or copies of the training documents, please contact the Title IX Coordinator in writing.

Note: Student training materials are not included here.  All students received links to their training courses.

January 26, 2022

Judicial Panel Member Training

  • Title IX & Sexual Misconduct Policy Overview

    • Prohibited Conduct
    • Grievance Process for Title IX Sexual Misconduct compared to the Grievance Process for Non-Title IX Sexual Misconduct
  • The Hearing
    • Hearing Officer
    • Your Role on the Judicial Panel
  • Skills: Questioning Witnesses/Parties & Weighing Evidence
  • Power Point Presentation

October 2021

Title IX Coordinator/Deputy Title IX Coordinators/Judicial Panel Members

D. Stafford and Associates 2021 VAWA Adjudicator Course:

  • Articulate the requirements for Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) under VAWA specific to managing acts of Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking
  • Define the VAWA Offenses and identify issues related to Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking
  • Understand the intersection of Title IX and VAWA
  • Assess reports to determine the appropriate resolution process
  • Develop student and employee conduct proceedings in a manner that “protects the safety of victims” and “promotes accountability”

December 8, 2020

Title IX Coordinator Training

NACUA’s Title IX Coordinator Training Online Course consists of:

  1. Three (3) modules featuring pre-recorded webinars covering the fundamentals of the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IX regulations officially released on May 19, 2020 and
  2. A set of modules featuring a series of synchronous, live classes (i.e., webinars) offering more in-depth coverage of a Title IX coordinator’s responsibilities and duties, to begin during fall 2020.

Module 1: Jurisdiction and Other Threshold Topics

  • Definition of Sexual Harassment
  • To Whom do the Regulations Apply? Applicability of Regulations to Students and Employees (Title VII)
  • When and Where do the Regulations Apply?
  • Implementation Issues
  • Required Institutional Response to a Report
  • Module 1 Webinar Video Presentation

Module 2: Formal Complaints, Investigations & Grievance Procedures

  • The Formal Complaint
  • Written Notice of Allegations
  • Dismissal of Formal Complaints
  • Advisors
  • Informal Resolution
  • Relevancy Determinations and more
  • Module 2 Webinar Video Presentation

Module 3: Policy & Training Obligations

  • Dissemination of Policy
  • Elements to be Included in Your Policy
  • Policy Decision Points
  • Required Training
  • Module 3 Webinar Video Presentation

Module 4: Definitions, Jurisdiction and Preliminary Matters

  • Important definitions, including the definition of “sexual harassment” for Title IX purposes
  • Title IX jurisdictional issues, including the scope of an institution’s programs or activities
  • The filing of a formal complaint
  • Mandatory and discretionary dismissals of formal complaints
  • Providing supportive measures, including to both complainants and respondents
  • Planning for and implementing informal resolution
  • Module 4 Power Point Presentation

Module 5: Conducting a Title IX Investigation

  • The applicability of the Title IX regulations to investigations when employees are involved
  • Conducting an investigation of a formal complaint
  • Ensuring impartiality and avoiding conflicts of interest, bias and prejudgment
  • Understanding relevance
  • Addressing conduct that violates other policies or policy provisions
  • Module 5 Power Point Presentation

Module 6: Hearings and Appeals

  • The role of advisors
  • Credibility determinations
  • More on relevance determinations
  • Establishing and enforcing rules of decorum
  • Weighing the evidence
  • Understanding and processing appeals
  • Module 6 Power Point Presentation

Module 7: Anatomy of an OCR Investigation

Module 8: Title IX Training and Policies

  • Audiences to be educated
  • Elements of good training program including regulatory requirements
  • Benefits and perils of trauma-informed training
  • Auditing training materials
  • Posting requirement
  • Developing and regularly revisiting policies
  • Module 8 Power Point Presentation

Module 9: Athletics Equity

  • Responding to allegations of sexual misconduct in athletics
  • Supportive vs. punitive measures
  • NCAA requirements through a Title IX lens
  • Update on athletic equity including the elimination of sports
  • Module 9 Power Point Presentation

August 10, 2020

New Title IX Regulations Compliance Course

  • Overview of the training module

    • The roles required under new regs,
    • What is meant by impartiality, bias, conflict of interest,
    • Notice, responsible employees, and Title IX versus Delaware law comparison,
    • Scope of new regs,
    • New definition of sexual harassment and how to apply it,
    • How to do Intake under new regs (I.e., “vetting” complaints),
    • Mandatory response requirements / supportive measures,
    • Emergency removal,
    • Alternative resolution options,
    • Formal process:  New rules on investigations, as well as best practices and what to do if conduct is both Title IX and Title VII,
    • Very quick review of “relevance” under new regs,
    • HEARINGS - all of the requirements,
    • What must be in the new hearing outcome report,
    • Sanctions and remedies,
    • Documentation.
  • May 2020 Title IX Final Regulations


August 11, 2020

New Title IX Regulations Compliance Course for Judicial Hearing Panel Members

  • Overview of the training module:

    • A quick summary of the overview topics
    • More time on how to plan for and set up hearings
    • Issues of relevance in order to determine which questions to allow
    • The infrastructure needed for compliance and success
    • Roles and responsibilities of those involved with the pre-hearing or hearing process
    • Prehearing tasks
    • Hearings logistics
    • Evidence issues
    • Post-hearing/report writing processes. 
    • There is also a practicum during which attendees review a file, then use break-out sessions to make pre-hearing decisions and engage in various facilitated practical exercises. 

October 28, 2020

Mediation Training through Metro West Mediation Services for Title IX Coordinator

Topics included in this training:

  • The Alternative Dispute Resolution Spectrum
  • The Five Styles of Dealing with Conflict
  • The Principles of Mediation
  • Mediation Models and the Facilitative Process
  • Positions and Interests
  • Overcoming Impasse
  • Negotiating Agreement
  • Critical Issues in Mediation: Ethical Dilemmas, Power Imbalance, Cultural Differences, and Bias Awareness

For more information on the Metro West Mediation Services course please visit: https://www.metrowestmediationservices.org/mediation-training 


November 19, 2020

Updated VAWA Adjudicator Course for Judicial Hearing Panel Members, Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinators, Appellate Officers.

Due to the recent changes in the new Title IX regulations published by OCR earlier this year, the VAWA Adjudicator Training Course has been updated. The following updates were added to the VAWA Adjudicator Training Course:

2021 VAWA Adjudicator 1 - Definitions - This specific module provides an overview of the definitions and considerations for Sexual Assault, Dating and Domestic Violence and Stalking offenses.

2021 VAWA Adjudicator 2 - Disciplinary Proceedings - This specific module provides a detailed understanding of the Clery Act disciplinary proceedings, requirement, the differences between Title IX and the Clery Act requirements, and an overview of the student conduct process.

2021 VAWA Adjudicator 3 - Employee Considerations - This specific module provides considerations to be made in addressing employee issues related to the VAWA offenses.

For more information on the VAWA Adjudicator Course please visit: https://www.dstaffordandassociates.com/



Title IX Coordinator

Laura Richards
100 Institute Road
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609
Office: Rm 234 Campus Center