W. Scott Lewis, J.D.


About W. Scott Lewis

W. Scott Lewis, J.D. is a partner with The NCHERM Group.  He is a co-founder and advisory board member of ATIXA (the Association of Title IX Administrators) and NaBITA (the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association). Previously, he served as Special Advisor to Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, IN, as Associate Vice Provost at the University of South Carolina, and worked in Student Conduct and Residence Life at Texas A&M University. He also serves as faculty, teaching courses in Education, Law, Political Science, and Business. He has worked with and trained the Department of Education’s Offices for Civil Rights and the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women as a trainer and consultant, and was a consultant to the Office of the Vice President and the White House Task Force on issues of sexual misconduct and Title IX. He has also trained the Offices for Civil Rights and OCR Investigators. Additionally, he works with athletes, coaches, and administrators at all levels of intercollegiate and K-12 athletics as well as with the USOC®, the Center for Safe Sport®, and the NCAA® in the areas of sexual misconduct and gender equity in sport. He has given a Ted Talk® on helping victims of trauma. Scott brings 20 plus years of experience as a student affairs administrator, faculty member, and consultant in higher education.

He is one of the most in-demand higher education speakers and consultants in the country, and serves as a frequent keynote and plenary speaker, nationally recognized for his work in the areas of: Student/Staff Conduct; Behavioral Intervention/Threat Assessment Teams for students in crisis and distress; Titles VI, VII, IX, ADA and other civil rights issues; and general risk management in education. He is noted as well for his work in the area of classroom management and dealing with dangerous and disruptive students (and parents). He has trained thousands of faculty and staff members on how to prevent, address, and properly report these incidents. He has trained law enforcement officers on how to investigate these sensitive matters.

He presents regularly throughout the country, assisting colleges and universities with legal, judicial, and risk management issues, as well as policy development and implementation. He serves as an author and editor in a number of areas including legal issues in higher education, campus safety and student development, campus conduct board training, and other higher education issues. He also assists clients with and conducts investigations and hearings for student/staff/faculty misconduct. He has also investigated thousands of allegations of misconduct.

Some of his recent works include: The ATIXA Playbook (2017, TNG), The ATIXA Rubric for Addressing Campus Sexual Assault (2017, TNG), Due Process and the Sex Police (2017, TNG), The Challenge of Title IX Responses to Campus Relationship and Intimate Partner Violence (2016); A Faculty Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior (2013, Rutledge); The NCHERM Model Code of Student Conduct (2013, NCHERM); Costuming, Misogyny and Objectification as Risk Factors in Targeted Violence (2014, Journal of Gender and Violence); The Book on BIT (2011, NCHERM), Threat, Threat, Threat, Threat or Threat (2011, NaBITA), Deliberately Indifferent: Crafting Equitable and Effective Remedial Processes to Address Campus Sexual Violence (2011, NCHERM), Gamechangers: Reshaping Campus Sexual Misconduct Through Litigation (2010, NCHERM), Second Generation Behavioral Intervention Best Practices (2009, NCHERM), Risk Mitigation Through the NCHERM Behavior Intervention and Threat Assessment Model (2008, NCHERM), The Returning Veterans (Magna Publications), College and University Liability for Violent Campus Attacks (Journal of College and University Law, April 2008), The Faculty Mentor Series, The Perfect Storm: Understanding and Dealing with the New “Millennial” Student, and Campus Safety 101. He is a member of NASPA, ACPA, ASCA, NaBITA and ATIXA, and has served on the Board of Directors for ASCA and SCCPA, and serves on the Board of Advisors for NaBITA and ATIXA.

He has been interviewed and/or featured by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Student Affairs Today, Inside Higher Education, ESPN, ESPN The Magazine, Time, Newsweek, NPR, NBC, USA Today, Today’s Campus, as well as other publications and sources.

He completed his undergraduate work in Psychology and his graduate work in Higher Education Administration at Texas A&M University and received his law degree and mediation training from the University of Houston. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his family. He is not currently barred in any jurisdiction.

His areas of expert consultation include:

• Sexual Assault and Harassment (Title VII and Title IX Training)
• Student Conduct and Judicial Board Training
• Suicide and Psychological Distress
• Campus Safety and Security
• Hazing Prevention and Greek Conduct Board Training
• Student Drinking and Drugs Programs
• Student and Employee Conduct Code Review
• Faculty Handbook Review
• Litigation Review
• Expert Witness Services


  • Behavioral Intervention Team Development & Training
  • Mental Health Disturbances Prevention & Intervention
  • Preventing & Managing Classroom and Workplace Disruption
  • Workplace Violence Prevention
  • Critical & Behavioral Incident Response
  • EEOC, Title VII & Title IX Compliance for Colleges and Universities (including investigation policy analysis and development) for:
    • Athletic Departments
    • Student Affairs
    • Human Resources
  • Sexual Harassment Workshops
  • Managing Millennials and Across Generational Lines
  • Sexual Assault & Sexual Misconduct Issues
    • Policy Development
    • Case Management
    • Panel Training
  • Conduct Board Training
    • Competency Based Models
    • Gestics/Kinesics
    • Questioning techniques
    • Procedure & Protocol Development
  • Student Conduct Program Development
  • Academic Integrity & Honor Code Development & Implementation
  • Mediation and Conflict Resolution


  • Preventing & Responding to Workplace Violence
  • Establishing Behavioral Intervention Protocols and Procedures
  • Threat Assessment Protocols and Procedures
  • Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • Communications Skills Utilizing the Birkman© Tool
  • Confrontation Skills/Employee Discipline
  • Compliance with Federal Laws in Higher Education
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Assertiveness Skills
  • Coaching Skills


Law 101 for Faculty

Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Student Behavior in the Classroom

For more sessions, visit ncherm.org or contact The NCHERM Group at 610-993-0229 or 610-579-3725. Also, feel free to contact Scott directly at scott@ncherm.org

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