Welcome to The NCHERM Group, LLC

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Brett A. Sokolow, J.D. President & CEO
W. Scott Lewis, J.D. Partner
Saundra K. Schuster, J.D. Partner
Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D Managing Partner

The NCHERM Group is the umbrella for six linked organizations which serve to advance holistic, proactive prevention and risk management within K-12 schools and on college and university campuses. The NCHERM Group is both a law and consulting practice that has served the education field for more than fifteen years. As a law firm, The NCHERM Group represents more than 70 colleges and universities as outside counsel, making it one of the largest higher education-specific law practices in the country. As a consulting group, The NCHERM Group’s 31 consultants have provided services to more than 3,000 clients, giving it unparalleled reach and impact on the field. The NCHERM Way has become the risk management touchstone for schools, colleges and universities across the country. We invite you to learn more about The NCHERM Way by exploring our mission & story and our site.

      • Risk Management Consultation and Expertise
      • Investigations, Compliance Audits and Assessments
      • Legal Representation and Retainers
      • Expert Witness and Litigation Services
      • Model Policies, Procedures and Publications
      • Training, Prevention and Professional Development

EXPERTISE

Explore the Expertise of The NCHERM Group

The NCHERM Group offers expertise for high-risk campus health and safety issues such as:

  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Investigations
  • Problem Drinking
  • Conduct Training
  • Student Org. Risk Management
  • Psychological Distress
  • Student Suicide
  • Disruptive Students
  • Policy/Program Review
  • Culture Change Initiatives
  • Conduct Code Development
  • Campus Safety
  • Title IX, ADA and FERPA
  • Hazing
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Red Flags Rule
  • Classroom Management
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Emergency Management
  • Clery Act Compliance
  • Strategic Prevention
  • Threat Assessment
  • Litigation Management
  • First Amendment
  • …and more

The NCHERM Group/ATIXA One Policy, One Process Model

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The NCHERM Group/ATIXA Model Policy and Procedure for Civil Rights Equity Grievance Resolution for all Faculty, Students and Employees

The NCHERM Group and ATIXA have developed an approach called the One Policy, One Process Model permitting all discrimination complaints (age, race, sex, gender, nationality, etc.) to be resolved using one institution-wide policy, and one stand-alone resolution process, applied to all complaints involving faculty, students and staff. Visit our website to learn more.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ATIXA Releases 2018 Whitepaper: The ATIXA Guide to Sanctioning Student Sexual Misconduct Violations

The ATIXA Guide to Sanctioning Student Sexual Misconduct Violations offers ATIXA’s best thinking on sanctioning for the range of offenses covered by Title IX and VAWA §304. While sanctioning is ultimately the province of each school or college, guidelines and sanctioning ranges like those offered in this guide can help schools and colleges to benchmark their sanctions against the field, better understand industry standards for sanctioning, and ensure that consistency and proportionality guide sanction decision-making.

2018 January-March Promotion for Final-Eyes Clients

The NCHERM Group announces new incentives towards subscribing to Final-Eyes Off-Site Investigation Services! You’ve been trained to investigate civil rights violations. You have experience investigating sexual misconduct complaints. You’ve been through every detail, twice. Yet, some cases still leave you feeling uneasy. Have you asked every question? Is there anything you’re missing? This flat-fee, off-site support and review service is offered at two levels and priced based on your investigation report volume. Final-Eyes is the reassurance you need when there is zero margin for error on campus sexual misconduct cases. Have the confidence that one of the nation’s foremost experts on Title IX has laid final eyes on your findings, sanctions, and/or remedies and thinks you are on the right track.

Final-Eyes Includes:

  • Initial investigation report review (Standard Level)
  • Phone/email consultation with the Coordinator/Investigators to roadmap and investigation from inception (Plus Level)
  • Consultation with the Coordinator on gatekeeping decisions (Plus Level)
  • Light support for investigators during the investigation as needed (Plus Level)
  • Second-round review of revised reports (Plus Level)

Purchase Final-Eyes service by March 31 and receive the following promotional items:

  • A hard copy of The ATIXA Playbook.
  • Complimentary upgrade from Standard to Plus Level of Final-Eyes services.

For any additional information and/or to discuss this promotional offer in detail, call or email Ryan McDavis, Vice President for Client and Member Relations, at (610) 993-0229, ext. 1009.

2018 January-March Promotion for ATIXA New Membership

ATIXA announces incentives towards new membership!

Purchase a new Individual, Institutional, or Super Member level of membership and receive the following promotional items:

  • A hard copy of The ATIXA Playbook: Best Practices for the Post-Regulatory Era.
  • Choose any three of the forthcoming ATIXA 20 Minutes to Trained modules.

As a reminder, the following substantial benefits apply to ATIXA Individual Membership:

  • Access to the best source materials and training on Title IX
  • Access to multiple Communities of Practice, including Investigator, Advocate and Prevention, K-12, Student, and ADA/504
  • Title IX Legal Updates
  • An active and pertinent professional listserv
  • The ability to access individual Community of Practice listservs
  • Weekly newsletters
  • The ATIXA VAWA Brochure Template
  • ATIXA Tip of the Week
  • Access to all versions of the ATIXA One Policy, One Process Model
  • Clery Act Annual Security Report Template Language to Comply with VAWA Section 304
  • 15% member discounts on many ATIXA events, products, and services
  • 15% member discounts on ATIXA Protocols and Resources
  • Access to the OCR Investigation Finding Letter Database
  • Access to Partner and Sponsor organization resources and discounts
  • Access to the most comprehensive online Title IX resource library available
  • Membership roster access

Additionally, ATIXA Institutional Membership allows for an unlimited number of Individual memberships at the campus level.

ATIXA Super Members have access to products and services valued at over $10,000 if purchased on an “a la carte” basis, for one low annual fee, and will have access to special events, bonus content, and enhanced direct access to the ATIXA “brain trust” of the nation’s foremost Title IX experts.  ATIXA Super Members get the following additional benefits:

  • Two complimentary registrations to the ATIXA Annual Conference
  • MaxStack: A Database for Title IX Case Documentation from ATIXA & Maxient (must be a current Maxient client to utilize)
  • The ATIXA 250-page “Investigation In a Box” Kit
  • 250 Tokens for Online Trainings through the Continuing Certification Credits (CCC) Program
  • Unlimited access to the ATIXA Mandated Reporter Online Training for Employees
  • Super Member socials at the ATIXA Annual Conference and other four-day Certification Events
  • Networking opportunities in person with The NCHERM Group Partners
  • Two annual Q&A based webinars with The NCHERM Group Partners
  • All certification event training materials

For any additional information and/or to discuss this promotional offer in detail, call or email Ryan McDavis, ATIXA Executive Director at (610) 993-0229, ext. 1009 or email ryan@atixa.org.

2018 January-March NaBITA Membership Promotion

NaBITA announces new incentives toward Upgrading to the Enhanced/Charter level! 

NaBITA Enhanced members receive the following benefits:

  • Weekly member newsletter featuring a Tip of the Week and Resource Spotlight
  • Access to the NaBITA Listserv 
  • One free registration to the annual NaBITA conference, and 20% discount for all other attendees from your campus
  • 10% discounts for regional events and Online Trainings
  • Access to the NaBITA Membership List
  • Access to the Member Resource Materials
  • Two free NaBITA Online Trainings
  • Access to the NaBITA Ask the Experts Consultation

Upgrade to an Enhanced Campus Membership prior to March 31, 2018 and receive additional promotional items:

  • 1-hour long consultation call/webinar/Skype session with NaBITA Executive Director, Brian Van Brunt ($350 value). Brian has offered classes in counseling theory, ethics, program evaluation, statistics, and sociology for both graduate and undergraduate students. He is frequently an invited keynote speaker and has offered training to law enforcement, homeland security, FBI, college faculty, and staff.  He developed the Structured Interview for Violence Risk Assessment (SIVRA-35) and lead the charge on developing The CARE Team Manual.

Upgrade to a Charter Campus Membership prior to March 31, 2018 and receive an additional promotional item*:

  • All four NaBITA Conduct Videos ($419 value). The NCHERM Group’s Online Trainings now offers a series of easy-to-use video training tools to help Behavioral Intervention Team members and conduct officials hone their skills. Each video offers a brief vignette lasting just a few minutes, in which a student and administrator talk about an incident.  Supplemental materials include a transcript of the video, leader’s guide, and set of questions and answers for use in training and discussion applications, plus a set of key takeaways from each case.

*The Charter level of Membership includes two-years of Enhanced level benefits for $2,200.

This promotion applies only to  Enhanced/Charter Level members, including any upgrades from the Individual, Case Manager, or Standard membership levels.  This promotion does not apply to renewing Enhanced/Charter members.

For any additional information or to discuss this promotional offer in detail, call or email Ryan McDavis, Vice President for Client and Member Relations at (610) 993- 0229, ext. 1009 or email ryan@nabita.org.

President & CEO, Brett A. Sokolow, Esq., Pens Op-Ed on How He Sees Title IX Today

“I run The NCHERM Group (The National Center for Higher Education Risk Management). We function at the epicenter of the campus sexual misconduct zeitgeist. I try, and inevitably fail, to keep up with the constant media coverage and rhetoric surrounding campus sexual misconduct, but none of the commentators describes it the way I would.”

To read the full op-ed, click here.

Final-Eyes Off-Site Investigation Services

You’ve been trained to investigate civil rights violations. You have experience investigating sexual misconduct complaints. You’ve been through every detail, twice. Yet, some cases still leave you feeling uneasy. Have you asked every question? Is there anything you’re missing? This flat-fee, off-site support and review service is offered at two levels and priced based on your investigation report volume. Final-Eyes is the reassurance you need when there is zero margin for error on campus sexual misconduct cases. Have the confidence that one of the nation’s foremost experts on Title IX has laid final eyes on your findings, sanctions, and/or remedies and thinks you are on the right track.

Final-Eyes Includes:

  • Initial investigation report review (Standard Level)
  • Phone/email consultation with the Coordinator/Investigators to roadmap and investigation from inception (Plus Level)
  • Consultation with the Coordinator on gatekeeping decisions (Plus Level)
  • Light support for investigators during the investigation as needed (Plus Level)
  • Second-round review of revised reports (Plus Level)

For any additional information and/or to discuss Final-Eyes in detail, call or email Ryan McDavis, Vice President for Client and Member Relations, at (610) 993-0229, ext. 1009.

The NCHERM Group, LLC Expands West Coast Presence

In recognition of The NCHERM Group’s growing practice in the western part of the United States, the Group is excited to announce the opening of its California office. President & CEO Brett A. Sokolow, Esq. has announced his relocation to Los Angeles as of July 1, 2017, to head this office. Sokolow stated, “While we have covered the western states well for many years, our practice is more than busy enough to sustain a West Coast outpost now, and establishing an office in Los Angeles will allow us to better serve our clients all across the western states. With five consultants already based in California, and a regular client base of more than 35 colleges, it is time to better serve the West Coast with a dedicated Partner heading the LA office.”

Click here to read the official press release.

Presenting TitleIX.com: The Internet’s Free, Comprehensive Clearinghouse for All Things Title IX

TitleIX.com is the Internet’s primary clearinghouse for information on Title IX, the federal law requiring gender equity in publicly-funded educational programs.

TitleIX.com is the destination for students, administrators, advocates, parents, organizations, attorneys, and all those who seek and contribute to Title IX knowledge.

Gender and sex equity is an inherent good in our society, and those seeking to advance sex and gender equity need good quality tools and resources. TitleIX.com culls and organizes the content you need in user-friendly, free, and accessible format, including mobile access on-the-go.

Curated research is available on topics such as sexual harassment, sexual violence, pregnancy and parenting, athletics, news and events, as well as frequently asked questions. Visitors may also submit their questions for review. Organizations doing work related to Title IX are listed. Attorneys seeking referrals can submit their information to TitleIX.com.

The NCHERM Group and Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) have underwritten the development of TitleIX.com as a free resource and hope that you will find it to be an invaluable tool and resource.

Click here to read the official press release.

ANNOUNCING A NEW PUBLICATION FROM ATIXA

The ATIXA Playbook: Best Practices for the Post-Regulatory Era

Authored by: Nedda Black, LCSW, J.D., Michael Henry, J.D., W. Scott Lewis, J.D., Leslee Morris, J.D., Anna Oppenheim, J.D., Saundra K. Schuster, J.D., Brett A. Sokolow, J.D. & Daniel C. Swinton, Ed.D., J.D.

ATIXA is excited to announce its newest publication, The ATIXA Playbook, a 120-page book developed by nationally-recognized experts and field-leading practitioners as a comprehensive guide to ensure that the resolution of sexual misconduct allegations on college campuses is done right.

The authors chose the subtitle “Best Practices for the Post-Regulatory Era” to highlight the focus of the book on what colleges and universities should be doing to address sexual misconduct, rather than on what they must be doing to achieve compliance.

The authors have been helping to lead the field on the issue of campus sexual misconduct since well before the Department of Education issued a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) on Title IX in 2011. This Playbook continues and expands on ATIXA’s thought-leadership in higher education, whether Title IX is a priority in Washington, D.C., or not. It’s a priority for ATIXA. Higher education isn’t headed back to the pre-2011 era, and this book helps to point the way forward for the field.

View the Table of Contents

Access the Playbook Today

  • The ATIXA Playbook is now available for free as a member benefit to all Super Members and Full Members of ATIXA, in electronic form. ATIXA Members can access and download an electronic copy of the Playbook in the member resource library.
  • Not yet a member of ATIXA? Join today to access your Playbook for free.
  • Non-members may purchase an electronic copy of the Playbook today for $129 in the ATIXA store, and download the publication for immediate use.

Purchase the Playbook in Hardcopy

  • The ATIXA Playbook is available in paperback, and can be purchased directly from Amazon for $279.

Additional Content from ATIXA and The NCHERM Group

  • In addition to releasing this Playbook in 2017, ATIXA and The NCHERM Group released companion Whitepapers. Both are adapted from The ATIXA Playbook, entitled The ATIXA Rubric for Addressing Campus Sexual Misconduct and Due Process and the Sex Police, respectively.
  • Together, the ATIXA and NCHERM Group Whitepapers comprise 50 pages of the 120-page ATIXA Playbook. They address the Playbook topics more briefly and are free of charge in service to the field.

Read the official press release.

Title IX Today is a FREE daily digest!

ATIXA is pleased to offer Title IX Today, a FREE daily news feed. ATIXA has scanned the top stories and is now delivering a free, daily dose of Title IX and ATIXA news directly to your inbox, conveniently classified into K-12, Higher Education, and General Interest categories.

Title IX Today is a practical, quick read, to keep you up to speed, and ATIXA will make sure to keep you updated on membership, resources, services, and training opportunities available.

Sign up to stay up-to-date on the most current Title IX, ATIXA, and sexual misconduct-related news each day at https://titleix.today/.

Any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us at tixt@atixa.org.
To read the official press release, click here.

Online Training from The NCHERM Group: CONTINUING CERTIFICATION CREDIT (CCC) PROGRAM

Have you been certified as a Title IX Coordinator or investigator by ATIXA?  Has your BIT been certified by NaBITA?  Are you considering obtaining these certifications?  Do you benefit from ongoing professional development from The NCHERM Group? If so, the CCC program is for you.  The NCHERM Group has heard your requests to update and renew your certifications online, and is excited to offer an online professional development platform called the Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) program.

INTERESTED IN HOSTING AN ON-CAMPUS TRAINING?

Need to get certified but missed us at our last hotel-based event? Host an ATIXA Title IX Certification Course for your staff! Our Title IX Coordinator and Investigator Certification Courses have quickly become the industry standard in training and instruction. Invite our experts to campus to conduct a certification training and avoid the expense and hassle of traveling to a training location. Ensure your entire staff is educated and certified in Title IX basics by opening the training to an unlimited number of attendees at your institution! Contact Megan Birster, Director of Marketing Outreach and Business Development at 610-993-0229, ext. 1015.

RETAINER PROGRAM UPDATE

The NCHERM Group’s retainer program continues to expand through strong renewals this year and the addition of new campuses that have retained The NCHERM Group as Special Counsel. This year, The NCHERM Group welcomes more than 65 campuses in what is one of the largest higher-education specific law practices in the country. By using our flat-fee retainer program, these schools are able to take advantage of The NCHERM Group’s expertise, insight and guidance whenever they need it. They are also able to take advantage of on-site campus visits and consultations with The NCHERM Group’s attorneys and experts, and discounts for NCHERM Group events and affiliated association trainings, events and webinars. Please contact The NCHERM Group for further details and options for your campus.

UPDATES AT THE NCHERM GROUP

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