Janet Faulkner has conducted Title IX investigations involving students, faculty, and staff at private and public institutions. Investigations have included elements of athletics, disability, scientific research, and international student issues. Janet has extensive experience handling investigations involving same-sex, gender nonconforming, and transgender parties. Faulkner Legal is an experienced United Educators ProResponse provider.
Janet served as the Interim Title IX Coordinator at Wellesley College for an extended period as the College filled this vacant position. She was the director and sole employee of the Title IX Office, and also held the positions of Interim Director of Nondiscrimination Initiatives and 504 Coordinator. (Services were provided as a Faulkner Legal engagement.)
Janet Faulkner has specialized education and training as a hearing officer and alternative dispute resolution practitioner. A graduate of Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), Janet has advanced training in hearing procedures, and was part of teaching teams in graduate-level alternative dispute resolution at Cornell ILR and the University of Maryland Law School. She has participated in hundreds of arbitrations and administrative hearings, and is certified as a mediator by JAMS/Endispute. Janet continues to attend training on emerging Title IX issues and procedures.
Co-author (with Phil Catanzano) of peer-reviewed NACUANOTE published by the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). This article focuses on how institutions should consider and accommodate requests for disabilities in sexual misconduct processes that are founded on concepts of strict parity of process for both parties. (subscription required)
Keynote Speaker, University of Maine system annual Title IX conference for state campus system leadership and administrators. Engagement also included leading a roundtable discussion for Title IX professionals in this university system.
Drafted multiple sections of SUNY's compliance guidance as part of national team of attorneys https://system.suny.edu/sci/tix2020/
The Student Conduct Institute provides training on Title IX and student conduct proceedings for community members of over 300 colleges and universities nationwide, updated for the new Title IX regulations. Janet has created multiple SCI trainings on employment investigations.
Janet Faulkner was cited by the National Council on Disability in its report
Not on the Radar: Sexual Assault of College Students with Disabilities. The National Council on Disability is an independent federal agency committed to disability policy leadership.
Panelist, Annual Conference, National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education & the Professions, City University of New York, April 2019.
Panelist, Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting.
Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston and North Adams, MA. Panelists for these CLE programs also included a representative of OCR, U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX CLE program in North Adams was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
Co-presenter, University of Vermont Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference; roundtable discussion leader on the #MeToo movement