By Barbara Hollingsworth at CNS News
The Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) is offering college Title IX coordinators an “investigation in a box” – a 250-page kit that guides them through the stages of investigating potential civil rights violations on their campuses.
The kit contains “everything you need to professionalize your campus civil rights investigations,” according to an August 7 press release.
“This 250-page kit has everything you need, all in one place:
· Questioning Templates
· Models of Proof
· Charts, timelines, tracking tools
· Template letters and notifications
· Case studies
· Sample reports
· Outcome letter templates
· Policy Models
· Tips on analysis, evidence and credibility
· Compliant with Title IX and VAWA Section 304
“This is the only publication of its kind — setting the industry standard — from the experts at ATIXA, the team you trust,” according to the press release.
ATIXA “provides a professional association for school and college Title IX Coordinators and administrators who are interested in serving their districts and campuses more effectively,” according to its website.
The group is charging non-members $3,500 per campus for the Title IX investigative kit, which can be used by up to seven people, or $1,699 per individual.
Members of ATIXA only have to pay $2,975 for the group kit and $1,449 for an individual kit.
“Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance,” according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
Every school or school district that receives federal funds is required to have at least one Title IX coordinator to enforce “gender equity”.
“Since 1972, Title IX has proved to be an increasingly powerful leveling tool, helping to advance gender equity in schools and colleges,” according to ATIXA.
Title IX was initially used to force colleges and universities to spend an equal amount on men’s and women’s sports teams. But in the ensuing years, critics say it has been invoked to punish anyone whose word or deed is viewed as creating “a hostile environment” on campus.
For example, Navid Yeasin was expelled from the University of Kansas under Title IX for privately tweeting off campus that his former girlfriend – whom he did not mention by name – was “#Psycho”.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) are representing Yeasin in court.
“The widespread abuse of harassment policies under the banner of Title IX enforcement signals to students and faculty that colleges and universities are no longer safe for free speech,” FIRE stated in a brief it submitted to the Kansas Court of Appeals.