Advanced Title IX Investigator Training and Certification

Advanced Title IX Investigator Training and Certification

June 24 - 26, 2020 | Chicago, IL



Increase your capacity to investigate more complex sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination cases for your campus.

As the evolution of Title IX issues unfolded over the past years, there has been an increase in the legal complexities which campuses have had to successfully handle. For even the most sophisticated investigators, a need has arisen to find a learning space where they can deepen their expertise, connect with each other, and learn from each other’s brightest lessons, pitfalls, and inquiries.

Join us for our advanced-level certification training specifically designed for seasoned investigators with three or more years of experience adjudicating Title IX cases for their respective campuses. This hands-on workshop will provide experienced investigators with the opportunity to meaningfully deepen their knowledge and increase their capacity to investigate some of the most complex Title IX cases in higher education.

With the help of our expert speaker panel, you will dive deeper into the following topics:

  • Managing complications in sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination cases, such as:
    • Dating, domestic violence, and stalking cases
    • Cases involving students with special circumstances (e.g., students with mental health concerns or registered disabilities, students who study abroad, minors, employees of the institution, pregnant or new parent subjects, student athletes, etc.)
  • Interview and deposition-style techniques and strategies
  • Analyzing inconsistent or incomplete witness testimonies
  • Tips and strategies for making the most informed decisions possible
  • Conducting an advanced credibility assessment
  • Successfully compiling the final investigation report

As part of this training, you will receive a certificate of completion documenting your participation in this Advanced Title IX Investigator workshop. You will leave this course with increased confidence to tackle complex and challenging sexual harassment or misconduct cases on your campus.


Who Should Attend

This conference will benefit seasoned investigators and those with at least three years of professional experience investigating sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination cases. Individuals who have indirect involvement with investigations such as Title IX coordinators, student affairs leadership, and general counsels will also benefit from the content of this training.  

If you have less than three years of experience in your role, you may be interested in Foundations of Title IX Investigations: Institute and Certification. Please contact Rabia Khan Harvey if you have any questions about the content of these programs.


Your registration fee includes full access to all conference sessions and materials, access to the networking reception on Wednesday, breakfast and lunch on Thursday, and breakfast on Friday, as well as refreshments and snacks throughout the conference.

Day One

1:00 – 6:15 p.m.


Starting with Your Most Complex Cases

Several cases require a thorough understanding of how to interpret and process incidents involving partners in a dating/domestic violence situation, stalking cases, or cases involving a student demographic that may not be part of your traditional caseload. Since there is often very little guidance from the Department of Education on how these cases should be managed, Title IX investigators are frequently left resolving these cases through trial and error or with a good faith effort. You will be able to identify at least one complex case type, develop a strategy, and identify resources to equitably and ethically resolve these cases.



Revising Interview Techniques

Several investigators have created their own strategies to develop critical questions during the investigation process. We will focus on helping you learn some new techniques for designing and asking questions during the investigation process. Our expert speakers will draw on their legal backgrounds and training to provide some useful strategies to solicit a complete narrative from the witnesses. Based on what you learn, you will be able to review your current interview strategy and identify opportunities for revision or modification.



Networking Reception

This informal reception is your chance to decompress, have some refreshments on us, and expand your network of connections. Our programs are intentionally designed for smaller groups, so this is a great time to catch-up with attendees and speakers whom you may not have connected with yet.


Day Two

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Activity: Applying New-Found Interview Techniques to an Existing Case

Now that you have learned how to identify new interview techniques, you will have an opportunity to practice their application through a case study. You will apply your new-found techniques to an existing case from your campus and share, in pairs, how you modified your current interview strategies to solicit a more complete response from the witness.



Understanding Witness Testimony Challenges

During this brief time, you will have the opportunity to disclose some of your own challenges related to analyzing witness testimony. You will learn from each other’s challenges and our expert speakers will address these issues in the following sessions.



Filling the Gaps: Analyzing Incomplete Witness Testimony

Seasoned investigators know all too well that not all witnesses will be as forthcoming, honest, or knowledgeable about an incident in question. You will learn new techniques on following up on information that is inconsistent with other witness testimonies, or evidence that does not corroborate witness statements.



Mock Interview with a Difficult Witness

Through a mock interview, you will leave this session with the ability to explain at least two new techniques for analyzing witness testimony that may be incomplete.



Strategies for Determining a Decision

First, our speakers will briefly highlight the difference between the two burdens of proof that institutions may use when resolving sexual harassment cases: preponderance of the evidence and/or clear and convincing standard. Then, our speakers will provide a tool and guiding questions to help you ensure that the witness testimonies and the evidence rise to the level of determining whether or not a campus policy has been violated. You will be able to utilize a new formula that will help you reach your designated burden of proof to determine a decision for sexual harassment and gender-based misconduct cases.



Final Investigation Report

This final session will highlight best practices on how a final investigation report should be organized and what information must be shared by the institution. You will be able to review your current investigation report template and identify at least two major improvements.


Day Three

8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


Advanced Credibility Assessment

Incomplete testimony, inconsistent evidence, corroborated witness statements, supporting evidence... the list goes on and on. These are only some of the considerations that investigators must be prepared to identify and explain when writing their witness credibility assessments at the end of their investigative interviews. Our experts will provide you with advanced training on how to effectively and efficiently make sense of consistent and inconsistent information, gathered during the interview process for the final investigation report.



Applying New Credibility Strategies to a Case

You will be introduced to a case study and, in small groups, you will begin to identify the inconsistencies and analyze the credibility of each witness using the newly learned strategies from the previous session.

June 24-26, 2020 | Chicago, IL

Conference Hotel Information:

Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront
71 E. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601

Room Rate: $229 plus tax.
Room Block Dates: nights of June 23, 24, and 25, 2020 .
Rate Available Until: May 31, 2020.

Call 312-346-7100 to make your room reservations and indicate you are with Academic Impressions to receive the group rate. Please make your reservations early - rooms and rates are subject to hotel availability.


Cara Hardin

Cara Hardin, J.D.

Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Marquette University

Cara is an attorney serving as Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Marquette University. In addition to assisting in the coordination and monitoring of Marquette’s compliance with Title IX of the Higher Education Act of 1972 and all associated regulations, she is the lead investigator and adjudicator of reports of sexual harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct filed by Marquette students, faculty and staff.

Read Cara's Full Bio.


Jean M. Hobler, Esq., P.C.


Jean Hobler is a lawyer in private practice in Sacramento, California. In her 19 years of litigation practice, she has investigated claims and crimes including sexual harassment and discrimination, criminal activity, and workplace harassment and discrimination on college campuses.

Read Jean's full bio here.

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