Decision Makers: Conducting Fair, Equitable, and Compliant Title IX Hearings

This training covers the skills essential to conducting an efficient, respectful, fair, impartial, and compliant Title IX hearing using two models: questioning by the hearing officer only, and questioning by the hearing officer and advisors. It is ideal for the Title IX Coordinator, hearing officer, decision-maker, hearing coordinator, hearing administrator, or any stakeholder needing to work through the intricacies of setting up and running a smooth hearing. This training includes a step-by-step overview of the hearing process.

For the second half of this training, participants utilize a mock investigation report to practice skills.  This training is practical and experiential in nature and provides a deep dive into the role of the decision-maker. Participants build skills on making relevancy determinations, asking questions, and writing the decision/outcome letter.


The agenda includes:  


  • The purpose of a hearing.
  • Incorporating a trauma-informed approach within a due process framework.
  • Hearing preparation.
  • Setting party expectations.
  • The roles of a coordinator, hearing panel, and hearing chair.
  • The role of the advisor, and efficiently working with them.
  • Hearing day: managing the room.
  • What process is due.
  • Live questioning.
  • Lessons learned from hearings under the 2024 Title IX Final Rule.
  • Technical aspects of a hearing.
  • Writing the decision/outcome letter.
  • Decorum and managing the process.
  • Breaking down the policy into elements.
  • Developing questions for parties and witnesses.
  • Relevancy determinations and articulation of rulings.
  • Evidentiary considerations and evidence analysis.

Intended Audience

  • Title IX Coordinators
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinators
  • Title IX or Civil Rights Investigators
  • Decision-makers
  • Hearing Chairpersons
  • Appeal Decision-makers
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Student Conduct Professionals
  • Legal Counsel
  • Compliance and Risk Management Professionals (Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, ADA/Section 504, AA, EEO, Clery)
  • Student Affairs Administrators

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