Title IX Respondent Educational Programs

Informal resolution options exist in most institutions’ sexual misconduct policies. In the policy development process, an analysis of how this policy will be used to address potential misconduct requires thoughtful planning and intention.

When pursuing informal resolution, especially a process grounded in restorative justice, reporters have commonly sought out opportunities for the respondent to engage in educational activities with the objective of having them understand why the behavior they engaged in was wrong, the impact their behavior had on the reporter, and encouraging future behavior change. One way we’ve been able to meet these needs is by creating and offering learning environments specific to respondents.

At Title IX Consult, LLC, we offer ways to construct and maintain learning environments designed for those who have been accused and/or found responsible for sexual misconduct under institutional policy. In consultation with our clients, we create individual workshops targeting various forms of prohibited conduct, specifically:

  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Harassment/Gender Violence
  • Interpersonal (Dating/Domestic) Violence
  • Stalking

We operate through the lens of restorative justice and use rapport building, motivational interviewing, skill-building and narrative techniques to create a shame-free, no-judgment environment for respondents to engage in that encourages and promotes perspective taking, self-reflection, and encourages overall behavior change.

Our finalized product consists of a facilitator guide that is tailored to and grounded in our client’s institutional policies, practices, procedures, and philosophies. The facilitator guide is intended to serve as a tool when facilitating skill-building workshops offered as part of an informal resolution process and/or as an educational sanction following a formal grievance process.

We acknowledge that there is no ‘one-size fits all’ approach to learning or implementing restorative practices and therefore we work with our clients to custom-build their modules and structure implementation guides.