Title IX Hearing Officer & Decision-Maker Training & Certification Course

Description of the Course
Who Should Attend
How is this different from other Certification courses from ATIXA?
What does my certification mean?

Know that the Title IX regs are coming out? Don’t know what’s going to change? Don’t know how to prepare? What to do?

We are here to help!

The proposed regulations focus heavily on hearings, and while certain aspects of the mandated hearing structure may change, the current administration has made its fondness for hearings well known.

One thing that’s crystal clear? The need for training.

Unlike judges and attorneys, who learn on the job, in the courtroom, individuals who facilitate administrative hearings in the educational context do not have this training – and why would you? But more than 200 lawsuits have been filed, criticizing college panel actions and decisions.

This highly interactive hearing officer training will provide you and your institution with a significant advantage as the regs make their way down the pike. Join us and do an engaging deep dive into the efficacy and efficiency of hearing processes to ensure your procedures are at the vanguard of the industry and are able to withstand scrutiny from the courts.

Hearing officer training, led by ATIXA experts, will cover:

  • Structural aspects of the hearing
  • Questioning and cross examination
  • Due process components
  • Neutrality and objectivity
  • Models of proof
  • Factual and credibility analysis and decision-making
  • Hands-on case studies
  • Mock hearings, questioning role plays, and virtual deliberations

And much, much more.

Description of Course

“Nobody trains a jury, so why does a hearing panel need training?” The analogy to a jury is only partially correct. College and school hearing panels have a fact-finding role, like juries, but also an investigative responsibility that juries do not have. That added responsibility enhances the training needed to perform the role well. And, of course, panels must be trained per VAWA Section 304. If Congress thought training was necessary, it must have realized that the jury analogy is imperfect. Or perhaps Congress recognized that the premise is wrong…juries are trained. One of the primary functions of the lawyers, judges, expert witnesses, and jury instructions is to provide guidance to the jury on how it should analyze a case. That’s training, it just happens on the job, in the courtroom. Training is necessary to help panelists recognize and overcome bias, to understand the scope of their role, to apply policy with analytical precision, and to be sure that their determination is reliably based on the preponderance of the evidence. All over the country, more than 500 lawsuits have attacked the decisions of college panels in sexual misconduct allegations, and many of those decisions are weak and susceptible to challenge in the courts. This training is designed to shore up that weakness so that your decisions are sound, supportable, and much harder to challenge in court. This is good for your school, good for the parties, and good for the integrity of the process. The principals behind ATIXA have been training panels for more than 20 years, and now your panels can benefit from their expansive expertise in an interactive ATIXA certification training environment where practical skills, including mock hearings, and case studies are the primary focus. The training allows participants to substantively explore application of policies on sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual intercourse (incapacity), non-consensual sexual contact (consent and force analysis), intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual exploitation using case studies not offered in any other ATIXA training.

Who Should Attend?

This training is valuable as direct training for those who make fact-finding decisions, but is also essential for those who support the fact-finding process, including:

  • Hearing Officers
  • Decision-Makers
  • Hearing Panelists
  • Appeals Officers
  • Conduct Administrators
  • School Disciplinary Officers
  • Investigators
  • Campus Law Enforcement and SROs

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How is this different from our other trainings?

This course is different from other ATIXA courses in several respects. First, other courses ATIXA offers focus on policy and analysis, but from the perspectives of the investigator or Title IX administrator. This course is designed around the specific skills that decision-makers need, whether they are administrative hearing officers or panels. If other ATIXA courses offer 40% of the scope of all that is comprised in decision-making, this course offers the remaining 60%. There is a specific focus on bias and objectivity, as well as a deep dive on the dialectical process — taking a set of facts, applying the policy standard to them, and arriving at a reasonable, reliable decision supported by the preponderance of the evidence. By creating and teaching a process or methodology for sound decision-making, ATIXA optimizes the learning outcome that your trainees will emerge from certification with a framework they can apply to all cases. That will help to assure consistency, reliability, and essential fairness.

What does my Certification mean?

To obtain Certification from ATIXA, you will need to attend the whole event. It is our expectation that you are present for the entire duration of your training course.

Please allow 14 business days following the completion of the course and then log-into or create an account with our Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) program system. Please follow the instructions on the webpage to obtain your certification. Our CCC program allows those certified by ATIXA to track, maintain, and extend their professional development through our programs. Learn more about our program here.

Digital Badging

ATIXA has partnered with Accredible to add digital badging to its ability to recognize and honor the 12,500 professionals who have sought certification training since 2012.

Digital badges are an increasingly popular tool for employees to denote their achievements, illustrate skill accumulation, and convey professional competence and excellence. A digital badge is an indicator of accomplishment or skill that can be displayed, accessed, and verified online. The badge includes information on who earned the badge, what the badge represents, how it was earned, when it was earned, and who issued it. Digital credentials allow employees to present a rich and trustworthy record of their professional development, easily shared on social platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as inclusion in email signatures.

Attendees of any Certification Course will now be able to expand their current options for verifying certification in a more public, visual, digital, and social, displaying badges for each certification so that colleagues, students, and potential employers can recognize your training and professional development. Attendees will receive notification following completion of the training on how to access their badge.

PLEASE NOTE: Certification refers to attendance at a qualifying event; TNG cannot speak to individual attendees’ knowledge, expertise, or command of the material.