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Behavior: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – A Workshop

GCC has a wonderful opportunity coming Thursday, September 16, 2010 in T102.  Brett Sokolow is the Managing Partner of the (NCHERM), a national multidisciplinary risk management consulting firm.   Through NCHERM, Sokolow has consulted with over 1,450 colleges, universities, schools and military institutions in the US and Canada.  He has provided strategic prevention programs to students at more than 1,800 college and university campuses. 

He is an expert in preventive law and risk management.  He has eleven years of experience helping clients to enhance the safety and security of their communities by strategically addressing high-risk health and safety issues.

Below is the programming schedule for Thursday, September 16, 2010.  All of the programs will be in T102.  Faculty, please consider the following programs as an opportunity for students for extra credit.  If you are interested in attending any of these programs please contact Bobbie Noto, Director of Wellness at RMNoto@genesee.edu by September 13 to reserve your spot.

Thursday, September 16, 2010 Schedule

*All of the presentations will take place in T102 except for the lunch and discussion with the BAIT Team. 

9:00 a.m.  – 10:00 a.m.            The Disruptive Student – A training for Faculty and/or Staff

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.           Legal Issues for Campus Counselors and Therapists

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.          Lunch and Discussion with our BAIT Team – Behavior Assessment Intervention Team maybe a short version of certain parts of the CUBIT training – i.e. our changing student population; Case and Information Management, Assessment and Withdrawal Polices (Invitation Only)

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.            Drunk Sex or Date Rape the Bystander presentation (STUDENT WORKSHOP)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.              10 Things Every Student Should Know About Drinking (STUDENT WORKSHOP)

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.              The NCHERM Legal Update

Click on the link below for longer program descriptions and additional information.


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

The Disruptive Student – A Training For Faculty And/Or Staff

Presented by Brett A. Sokolow 

Whether in the classroom or the residence hall, more and more campus faculty and staff members report varying levels of behavior by students this is disrupting the academic environment.  For some, it’s student wearing hats, obscene t-shirts, skirts too short, or shorts pulled too low.  For others sleeping in class or buffoonery are disruptive.  For others it’s cellphones, texting and IMs.  For others, it’s dark imagery and threatening language in classroom assignments or discussions or students who are worrying their hallmates with eating disorders, depression or threats of suicide.  This workshop is a discussion of best practices for managing a wide range of disruptive behavior.  Should you confront it?  Where?  When?  How do you confront it?  Should police be called?  The counseling center?  What if I am the target of a threat or retaliation?  How much is too much, and what are the thresholds for removing students from class?  How can students be dismissed from classes or housing?  What are appropriate statements for syllabi and housing contracts?

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Legal Issues for Campus Counselors and Therapists

Presented by Brett A. Sokolow 

Every campus struggles with questions about what counselors should know, what they should disclose to others, and how should they straddle the sometimes divided loyalties between their employment obligations and their professional ethics.  This workshop offers a legal update on pressing issues for campus counselors and therapists, including:

  • Confidentiality of Records;
  • Clarification of FERPA: fact/fiction;
  • Release of information between and among health care providers and HIPAA 
  • Administrators and law enforcement;
  • Parental notification;
  • Duty to warn;
  • Documentation of Records;
  • Campus Risk Management;
  • Security and Safety Concerns: Before and During a Crisis.


12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – STUDENT WORKSHOP


A one-hour interactive program for male and female audiences of all sizes.

Brett Sokolow is a higher education attorney who specializes in sexual misconduct and campus security. Sokolow is the Managing Partner of the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management. He is the Editor Emeritus of the Report on Campus Safety and Student Development, and the author of ten books on campus security, sexual misconduct and campus conduct administration.

Brett draws on his legal experience to facilitate this interactive jury exercise where the audience “hears” a trial based on a real sexual assault case. Brett has presented this program at over 1,800 colleges and high schools with resounding success.

Some students on our campuses today engage in a hook-up culture of random sexual encounters with other students, usually fueled by alcohol. But, just because some students are getting drunk and hooking-up doesn’t make it right, or legal. When does a hook-up cross the line? Students don’t really know, and they’ve heard confusing messages. This program teaches students about incapacity and blackouts, and dispels common myths about alcohol and sex.

During the first 15 minutes of the program, Brett introduces the audience to Todd and Amy, two students involved in a drunken sexual interaction after a party. Audience members learn the facts of the case, knowing that they will play the role of jury, deciding whether Todd sexually assaulted Amy, or that he is not guilty. Once Brett shares the facts of the case, jury members ask questions about the situation and the legal standards. Brett uses the Q&A to help jury members understand blackouts, incapacitation, the legal actual/constructive knowledge standard, the “myth of puking” and how incapacity can invalidate consent.

Once the jury’s questions are answered, the audience takes a vote. 50/50? 60/40? 80/20? How will your students vote? Every jury is different, but no jury is ever unanimous about Todd and Amy. After the vote, jury members share with the rest of the audience. Was Amy incapacitated? Why or why not? Did Todd know it? Should he have? The debate rages and students are influenced by the viewpoints of their peers.

Brett ends the program with a strong message about drunk sex, and the lessons that we can take from the case of Todd and Amy and other cases like it. More importantly, students draw their own conclusions from the case and take away lessons about their own behavior and decisions, and how to reduce their own risk.

In addition to our student programs, NCHERM offers more than one hundred risk management workshops which can accompany any student program.


  1. Participants will have a common sense understanding of what consent is, how it works, and how it is communicated;
  2. Participants will gain an understanding of how alcohol impacts consent;
  3. Participants will be able to differentiate intoxication from incapacitation;
  4. Alcohol myths will be dispelled, regarding quantity, BAC, vomiting and blackouts
  5. Participants will gain tools for reducing risk of perpetration and victimization;
  6. Participants will gain greater sensitivity to victim-blaming attitudes;
  7. Participants will gain insight into predatory behaviors.


2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – STUDENT WORKSHOP


 A one-hour interactive program for male and female audiences of all sizes.

Are you at your wits’ end with alcohol programming?  It seems that reaching students is getting harder and harder. Scare tactic programs don’t work. Personal-experience programs are only powerful and effective for short-term behavioral impact. “Don’t drink” programs mean nothing to students who want to get wasted while drinking from cups eight times the size of the average human bladder. “This is how alcohol affects your brain programs” put students to sleep—and they know how alcohol affects their brains—that’s why they drink it. Your social norming efforts are beginning to bear fruit, but these efforts are mostly passive.  Programming with both active and passive approaches would give you a more comprehensive impact, if you could find an active program that complemented your campus alcohol philosophy.  You can…

“Ten Things” is a program that will help you to reinforce your harm reduction emphasis, underline key enforcement initiatives, encourage the use of protective behaviors, empower bystander intervention and discourage the enabling of high-risk consumption.  But, “Ten Things” is not about having a dry campus or telling students not to drink. This program will reinforce those students who choose not to drink, or to drink moderately.  But, many of our students are going to drink no matter what we do—so let’s get them drinking smarter and drinking more safely.

No, any moron with a hand and a mouth can figure out how to do that for themselves. Just like anyone can get behind the wheel of a car and figure out pretty quickly how to get it to move. But, classes and licenses are needed to understand advanced control and the rules of the road. Drinking is no different than driving in this regard. It involves a skill set to be done safely and properly. No one is teaching this skill set to students for fear that they will drink or drink more. Do people who take driver’s education drive more because they took the class? Many of our students are going to drink. They are going to endanger themselves. We have an obligation to help them build the skill-set that will allow them to reduce their risk. Doing so will have a long-term behavioral impact, because it changes how students process and control their drinking.

Brett Sokolow has been programming about sexual assault and alcohol risk reduction for ten years. He is President of the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management. He has done over 1,300 programs at colleges and high schools around the country. He is a seasoned and experienced presenter with student audiences of all sizes and types. Brett offers a frank and blunt reality talk that students tune into and respect. And a little bit of dry wit can’t hurt, but this is not a stand-up comedy act. Brett uses compelling stories and real-life legal cases to make his points, engaging the audience every step of the way.  Additionally, Brett can work in data from your school’s policies, CORE, NCHA or other student AOD surveys to reinforce your existing on-campus efforts.

Here are the topics that this program will cover:

  1. Alcohol Myths and Facts
  2. Can You Drink Less to Enjoy Alcohol More?
  3. Be 21, or Understand the Consequences if You Aren’t
  4. How to Get What You Want Out of Drinking (and Avoid What You Don’t)
  5. Planning Your Drinking (and How to Stick to Your Plan)
  6. Understand Signs of Alcohol Poisoning (and What to Do to Help a Friend)
  7. Portion Control/Food/Pace – and Other Key Protective Behaviors
  8. Use the Buddy System (Smartly!)
  9. The Effect of Drinking Games and Pre-Gaming
  10. Being Conscious of Shifts in Your Tolerance

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The NCHERM Legal Update

Presented by Brett A. Sokolow 

New laws and cases continually impact the day to day work of administrators (student, academic and business affairs) and faculty. With travel budgets and time at an increasing premium, it has become increasingly difficult for colleges and universities to keep up with all of the changes. This workshop, available only from March 1 to November 1 of each year, will synopsize the changes in legislation and case outcomes from the previous year in real world, pragmatic, applicable terms.

This workshop is designed and can be tailored to: Chief Executives, Chief Academic Officers, Chief Student Affairs Officers, Chief Human Resource Officers, General Counsel, Academic Deans, Student Affairs Deans, Student and Staff Conduct Administration, Risk Managers, Disability Services, Human Resources Professionals, and Athletics Staff

The workshop may cover the following topics:

  • An update and complete synopsis of cases from the last year on:
  • Sexual Harassment and Misconduct, including Title VII, IX, and § 1983
  • First Amendment Issues (Student Organizations, Free Speech/Expression, Freedom of Association, Student Press)
  • Faculty and Employment Issues
  • Liability and Risk Management
  • Student Conduct and Behavioral Issues
  • Search and Seizure Issues
  • ADA/Section 504
  • Intellectual Property Issues
  • Athletics
  • A discussion highlighting key decisions in your region
  • Federal legislative update on the Higher Education Act Reauthorization
  • Plain spoken interpretation of case law and legislation that can be easily applied on your campus
  • Practical insights from experienced practitioners on how these cases and regulations impact day-to-day decision making on your campus

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