CA SB 493 Training

Driving Down the 493: A Deep Dive into a California Law and Its Overlap with Title IX


In 2021, California enacted SB 493, an expansion of California’s approach to addressing sexual and interpersonal violence and harassment at public and private postsecondary institutions in California. The legislation is, in part, a reaction to the requirements of the 2020 Title IX Final Rule and some parts of SB 493 impact cases also covered by the final rule; while also expanding institutional obligations to a broader set of cases. This training will provide participants with an overview of SB 493 including its obligations and requirements and how it intersects with the 2020 Title IX Final Rule and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.

Grand River Solutions and Novus Law Firm are collaborating to deliver this live virtual session on CA SB 493. Join Natasha Baker (Novus Law Firm), Joseph Storch, and Karen Nutter on Friday, June, 24, 2022. Explore the agenda below.

Roadmap of Topics


The agenda includes:

  • An overview of SB 493, California FEHA, California court cases, and their intersection with the 2020 Title IX Final Rule;
  • A detailed review of the requirements of the grievance process under both SB 493 and the Title IX Final Rule;
  • A discussion of how to procedurally resolve inconsistencies between SB 439 and the federal Title IX Rule and ensure that that you are meeting obligations;
  • Steps for analyzing how a set of facts is covered and which laws apply;
  • An interactive discussion that will highlight unique complexities to help institutions foresee compliance challenges that may involve other offices; and
  • Live question and answer.



Natasha Baker

Natasha Baker is the Managing Attorney of Novus Law Firm, Inc., a Bay Area law firm that uses legal technology to deliver efficient legal advice on issues of labor, employment and higher education law. Natasha regularly advises and trains institutions of higher education around the country on conducting an effective response to campus sexual violence and harassment. She conducts program and policy reviews and answers day-to-day questions on the implementation of Title IX and VAWA. Natasha is the co-founder of Title IX ASAP – a training program for campus administrators. She was a faculty member at the “Investigating and Adjudicating Sexual Misconduct Cases,” National Center for Campus Public Safety Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Institute.

Joseph Storch

Joseph Storch, Grand River Solutions’ Senior Director of Compliance and Innovation Solutions is a nationally recognized thought leader on the Clery Act, Title IX, student affairs, and due/fair process. Joe has trained thousands of higher education professionals across the country and served as a trusted expert for federal and state legislators and staff. An expert on the overlap of federal and state laws covering harassment and violence on college campuses, Joe has provided over 700 digital and live conference presentations and training sessions to tens of thousands of higher education professionals in 30 U.S. states. He was the lead drafter and negotiator for New York’s Education Law 129-B and has advised numerous California institutions on implementing SB 493.

Karen Nutter

Karen Nutter is a Senior Solutions Specialist for Grand River Solutions where she conducts disciplinary hearings and appeals. Throughout her career, she has served as a senior complaint investigator conducting high-level, sensitive investigations involving university leadership, faculty, staff, and students. Karen has worked throughout California after graduating from University of Southern California Law School. She served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and was the senior legal editor at Continuing Education of the Bar, a nonprofit program of the University of California that provides the California legal community with innovative resources and practice-oriented tools. Karen has extensive experience conducting workplace investigations, and strong knowledge of both trauma-informed practices as well as fundamental fairness and due process obligations.

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