Attorney Duffy conducts training for wide-ranging organizations and groups on the timely topics of campus sexual assault prevention, Title IX compliance requirements, and fair and impartial policing. Her extensive experience in Division I college athletics and law enforcement make her a unique resource, and her high-energy presentation style keeps program participants fully engaged.
Campus Sexual Assault and Title IX
Sexual assault on college campuses is one of the hottest issues — and one of the most complex challenges – facing higher education. Whether you are concerned with complying with Title IX, or preventing or dealing with problems that are covered by Title IX, it is important to understand the distinctions between (and overlap of) Title IX investigations, school disciplinary proceedings, and criminal prosecutions.
Attorney Duffy conducts training on Title IX and sexual assault for, among other groups:
- Campus Police
- Fraternities and Sororities
- Student Organizations (marching band, intramural teams, etc.)
Title IX training topics include:
- Understanding the law and how it affects a particular community, including reporting requirements and sanctions
- Understanding the interplay between Title IX investigations, school disciplinary proceedings and criminal prosecutions
- Conducting fair disciplinary code investigations, including witness interviews, evidence review and due process
- Preventing, handling and defending accusations
- Understanding the impact of sexual assault and the particular reactions and responses of survivors and the options of and rights afforded to survivors of sexual assault
Sample Title IX-related trainings provided include:
- CCSU police on Sexual Assault and Title IX with DEA (on date rape drugs and other banned substances on colleges campus)
- Annual Training for the CT Association of Diversity and Equity Professionals at LOB in Hartford CT- Speaker about Title IX
- CCSU athletic department on Title IX and sexual assault
- Moderated a National Panel titled Sexual Assault on College Campuses; College and Universities as First Responders for college and university communities at LOB Hartford CT.
Fair and Impartial Policing
Since the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri and its aftermath, community advocacy groups, law enforcement agencies, and local governments alike have been wrestling with how to address the issue within and across their constituencies. As a federal prosecutor and as the Outreach Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Attorney Duffy has worked with both the community and law enforcement on this sensitive issue. She has initiated and supported creative training to assist disparate groups to understand each other’s positions in ways that lead to meaningful culture change and effect positive long-term results.
Sample Fair and Impartial Policing trainings conducted:
- Facilitator for conversation between the police, the FBI, USAO and community members from both New Haven and Bridgeport regarding fair and impartial policing
- Group facilitator at DOJ Community Reconciliation Service and USAO -Community Dialogue on Arab, Muslim and Sikh (AMS) Perceptions– Pre and Post 9/11
- Facilitated meetings regarding violence with law enforcement and community stakeholders in Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford
- Numerous Trainings for Bridgeport police academy and UConn police department on constitutional issues
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