Defining Roles &Confronting Conflict    Gary J. Margolis, Ed.D.
TWEET TWEET                                     @margolishealy                                     #vawdallas2012© Margoli...
Agenda            • Campuses have unique challenges                   due to climate, environment and                   cu...
Challenge # 1                   Many “touch points” are                   both positive and                   potentially ...
Many Touch Points            •      Campus public safety (sworn and non-                   sworn)            •      Studen...
Many Touch Points         Challenges                  • Poor collaboration leads to cross                        purposes ...
Many Touch Points         Successes                  • Strong collaboration (before                        incidents are r...
Challenge #2         Coordination with local         authorities is often a source         of tension© Margolis Healy & As...
Coordination w/local authorities            • Campus public safety            • Local police            • Student Affairs ...
Coordination w/local authorities            • What are community expectations?                   There are actually severa...
Coordination w/local authorities         Challenges                  •     Law enforcement perspective:                   ...
Coordination w/local authorities         Successes                  • Pre-coordination                  • Close coordinati...
Coordination w/local authorities            • Develop a respectful working                   relationship (and good contac...
Coordination w/local authorities            • While you can generally wait for police to                   gather evidence...
Coordination w/local authorities            •      If criminal charges are pending and you are                   a public ...
Coordination w/local authorities            • “Double jeopardy” argument – don’t fall                   for it            ...
Challenge #3                  Access to on & off                  campus support                  services© Margolis Healy...
Access to support services            •      Not all campuses have victim support                   services. Survivors re...
Access to support services         • Successes                  • On and off campus advocates work closely                ...
Challenge #4                   Lack of                   understanding/knowle                   dge about gender/sex      ...
Lack of understanding &                                     knowledge            • Interconnected nature of gender and    ...
Lack of understanding &                                     knowledge         • Successes           • Fully informed campu...
Opportunities for Success            • Collaboration            • Communication            • Coordination            • Cap...
Contact                                     Dr. Gary J. Margolis                              gmargolis@margolishealy.com ...
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Presentation at the Conference on Crimes Against Women (Dallas, March 26, 2012). Presentation focused on the challenges of addressing gender and sexual violence on campus given the various interests and organizations that sometimes conflict.

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  1. 1. Defining Roles &Confronting Conflict Gary J. Margolis, Ed.D.
  2. 2. TWEET TWEET @margolishealy #vawdallas2012© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC
  3. 3. Agenda • Campuses have unique challenges due to climate, environment and culture • We can overcome these challenges • Collaboration, communication, coordi nation and capitalization are keys© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC
  4. 4. Challenge # 1 Many “touch points” are both positive and potentially negative© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC
  5. 5. Many Touch Points • Campus public safety (sworn and non- sworn) • Student Affairs (Dean, Residence Life, RAs) • Health Services • Counseling Center • Women’s Center • Advocates • Off-campus resources© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC
  6. 6. Many Touch Points Challenges • Poor collaboration leads to cross purposes and poor support for survivors • Different institutional policies regarding reporting complicates the process© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC
  7. 7. Many Touch Points Successes • Strong collaboration (before incidents are reported) ensures survivor’s interest remain top priority • Advocates embedded in PD; appropriate protocols© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC
  8. 8. Challenge #2 Coordination with local authorities is often a source of tension© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC
  9. 9. Coordination w/local authorities • Campus public safety • Local police • Student Affairs • Prosecution • Advocates© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC
  10. 10. Coordination w/local authorities • What are community expectations? There are actually several communities… • Do local police handle all cases? Are there appropriate protocols in place? • Is there a county-wide task force? • Does UPD handle, and if so, what about the administrative inquiry/investigation© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC
  11. 11. Coordination w/local authorities Challenges • Law enforcement perspective: - Are UPD officers trained to appropriate level - Are they representing survivor, institution, or “the people?” • Adjudication perspective: - Deans want to move swiftly (Title IX) - Prosecutors want to build best possible case© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC
  12. 12. Coordination w/local authorities Successes • Pre-coordination • Close coordination when incident reported© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC
  13. 13. Coordination w/local authorities • Develop a respectful working relationship (and good contacts) with local law enforcement. Both law enforcement and the institution have a role to play • Keep in touch with law enforcement to determine the status of their work and to let them know the status of yours© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC
  14. 14. Coordination w/local authorities • While you can generally wait for police to gather evidence, you should not wait for the criminal investigation to reach its conclusion. • The timing of the institution’s review is not up to law enforcement, but generally the needs of both entities can be met© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC
  15. 15. Coordination w/local authorities • If criminal charges are pending and you are a public institution, respondent has a due process right to have an attorney present at the hearing • Attorney serves as respondent’s advisor, not active participant (unless your hearing procedure allows for that) • Title IX demands parity for complainant and respondent, so complainant would be entitled to have an attorney present as well • Dealing with requests to hold the institution’s case in abeyance© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC
  16. 16. Coordination w/local authorities • “Double jeopardy” argument – don’t fall for it • Did the prosecutor decline to prosecute? Keep moving forward… • Note: If the criminal case is over, consider allowing respondent (and complainant) an attorney if an appeal is pending© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC
  17. 17. Challenge #3 Access to on & off campus support services© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC
  18. 18. Access to support services • Not all campuses have victim support services. Survivors rely on community resources… • Local providers may not understand campus processes or culture. Could lead to poor advice or worst, further danger for the survivor… • Reverse also possible© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC
  19. 19. Access to support services • Successes • On and off campus advocates work closely together - Some jurisdictions, advocates serve both community and campus (capitalization) • Close coordination and communication - Local support services understand campus culture and processes - Regular meetings to exercise a coordinated response© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC
  20. 20. Challenge #4 Lack of understanding/knowle dge about gender/sex crimes© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC
  21. 21. Lack of understanding & knowledge • Interconnected nature of gender and sexual violence crimes - Stalking, sexual assault, intimate partner violence • Failure to acknowledge the prevalence of relationship violence© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC
  22. 22. Lack of understanding & knowledge • Successes • Fully informed campus constituents (e.g., public safety, student affairs, legal, counseling center, health center, etc). • VAWA Grants require joint training • Presence of viable crime prevention and security awareness programs - Men Against Rape programs - Bystander Intervention (UNH)© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC
  23. 23. Opportunities for Success • Collaboration • Communication • Coordination • Capitalization© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC
  24. 24. Contact Dr. Gary J. Margolis gmargolis@margolishealy.com 1-866-817-5817© Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC

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