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LVAIC Hosts Title IX Speaker and Prosecutor Kristen Gibbons Feden

November 26, 2019, @ 4:43 PM
Kristen Gibbons Feden addresses attendees at the LVAIC Student Affairs Professional Development Series: Session 1 – Balancing Perspectives in a Changing Title IX Landscape event on November 20 at Moravian College.
Kristen Gibbons Feden addresses attendees at the LVAIC Student Affairs Professional Development Series: Session 1 – Balancing Perspectives in a Changing Title IX Landscape event on November 20 at Moravian College.

As part of the LVAIC Student Affairs Professional Development series, LVAIC hosted Kristen Gibbons Feden, Esq. at Moravian College on November 20, 2019. This facilitated workshops presented challenges regarding Title IX and balancing the accused and the victims in these dynamic situations.

Feden is an alumna of Lafayette College and currently serves as an attorney for Stradley Ronon Law Offices, but previously served as Captain of the Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence Units, as well as a member of the Sex Crimes Unit at the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. In this role, she prosecuted in the case Commonwealth v. William H. Cosby. Feden’s work focuses on institutional responses to sexual and gender-based harassment and abuse, ethical concerns, discrimination, and other misconduct.

Feden’s presentation offered an overview of Title IX background, instances, and challenges to an audience of student affairs, law enforcement, human resources, student conduct, and administrative staff. Along the way, Feden outlined ways this work presents challenges and offered recommendations for how college campuses should handle overt and covert accusations of misconduct. Throughout her presentation, Feden also shared examples of ways these challenges face all aspects of college campuses from employees to students.

As Feden outlined different types of Title IX issues, including the actual legal obligations required under Title IX, jurisdiction, investigations, notice, hostile work environments, quid pro quo, and retaliatory actions, the group worked through case studies of these situations. Feden explained the ways campuses must investigate, stop, prevent, and remedy Title IX violations.

Throughout the presentation, campus members had the opportunity to ask questions regarding these situations and to work through plans for how their own campuses would handle similar situations. These workshops included cross-functional and cross-institutional working groups to problem solve and brainstorm responses to these challenges.

More information regarding Kristen Gibbons Feden, including her biography, is available on the Stadley Ronon Law Offices website here. More information about the event, including the presentation, is available on the event page here.

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