Title IX Policies & Procedures
Formerly Title IX/Section 304 Foundations of Policy and Process Training
While our other trainings build the skills of investigating, this course examines the policy and process frameworks in which those investigations take place. Participants will explore various civil rights investigation, policy and process models, and how a thorough, reliable and impartial investigation can be integrated into existing campus resolution processes. Topics include the various investigation team models and frameworks, from the pure civil rights model to unified resolutions to hybrid approaches with hearings and appeals.
For 2019-2020, we have decided to break the foundational and structural parts out of the other investigation tracks, to place them in this new track. This is in recognition of two changes. First, more and more of our attendees are asking for the foundational pieces related to integrating investigation functionality into existing campus processes. Second, now that VAWA has added stalking, dating and domestic violence to the investigator’s portfolio, the investigation tracks have become so full with content that we need to free up more time in those tracks for the fundamentals of investigation and the specifics of the subject matter of each investigation. Thus, a new track.
Participants will be able to:
- Understand the purpose and function of a prompt, thorough, reliable, fair and impartial investigation
- Discuss the varying ways that investigations can be grafted onto existing student conduct and HR-based resolution processes
- Understand how an investigation model can stand alone or serve as the entire resolution of a civil rights complaint
- Explore the differences between fact-gathering and fact-finding investigation models
- Process the pros and cons of investigations rendering findings or recommendations and how doing so impacts on the balance of the process
Participants in this track will explore how many investigators are needed, and the various investigation team frameworks. This track will explore in great detail how to integrate an investigation before a hearing.
Specifically, we will answer the following questions:
- Does the investigation gather facts that are then analyzed and decided in a hearing?
- Is the investigation solely to provide a gatekeeper function that determines if a complaint will be processed to a hearing?
- If a fact-finding investigation is done, will that finding bind the hearing panel?
- Should the hearing panel even know what the investigation finding is, and if not, what was the purpose of the investigation?
- How and when should the Title IX Coordinator or deputies play a role as the investigation unfolds?
- Does the investigation remove the need for a hearing? If so, why, and does this offer sufficient due process? If this is desired, what is the best way to accomplish it? Will an appeal still be available, and if so, by whom and how?
- What role will the Title IX Coordinator play in appeals? What role will the investigators play?
- What are the logistics of the investigation report? Who gets it, in what form, and for what purpose? With whom may it be shared? Should it be redacted? What should it include/exclude?
Please join us for two days of critical exploration of this topic. You’ll acquire the practical information you need to take back to your campus, modify your process and make it work for you.
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This course is designed for those working directly with Title IX Investigations and Sexual Misconduct Grievances. Specifically those working in this capacity in the following fields:
- Senior Student Affairs Administrators
- Legal Counsel
- Senior Human Resources Professionals
- Directors of Equity/AA/EEO/Inclusion
- Title IX Coordinators
- Deputy Title IX Coordinators
- Anyone else involved in structuring resolution processes for colleges and schools
This is the course for campus policy and process decision-makers who want to understand the variety of and differences between the most common civil rights resolution models and how to best structure the investigation and resolution functions to fit their campus cultures and needs.