Confidently and effectively investigate complex sexual harrassment cases.
As Title IX 2020 Final Regulations and accompanying OCR Guidance continue to unfold, so do the complexities involved in sexual harassment cases that universities must address. Even experienced investigators need space to further refine and enrich their investigative skills. This training will provide learning space and allow experienced investigators to refine and advance their investigative skills while obtaining invaluable insights from our expert faculty and their peers.
Join us this July for a virtual advanced-level investigator certification training. This training is specifically designed for seasoned investigators with three or more years of experience. This is a hands-on workshop that gives experienced investigators the information they need to expand and sharpen their knowledge, increasing their competency for investigating 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:
- The 2020 Final Regulations’ mandates for investigations
- Advanced questioning and evidence-gathering techniques
- Addressing inconsistent or nonsensical statements
- Handling a difficult witness
- Preparing the credibility analysis for decision-makers
- Drafting a fair, neutral, and comprehensive investigative report
- Autonomy, neutrality, and objectivity
At conclusion, you will receive a certificate of completion documenting your participation in this Advanced Title IX Investigator workshop. You will come away with greater knowledge and proficiency for investigating complex sexual harassment formal complaints on your campus.
Who Should Attend
This conference will benefit seasoned investigators new to Title IX and those with at least three years of professional experience investigating sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination cases. In addition to Title IX investigators, any higher-education professionals responsible for investigating complaints of harassment and discrimination involving other protected categories will benefit from this training.
Follow Through With Success Coaching
Have you ever gone to a training only to find that you came back with great ideas but don’t have the time, support, or skills needed to make the changes?
Academic Impressions has produced thousands of trainings and we have learned that utilizing a coach after attending a conference helps provide accountability and bridges the training with the on-the-ground work of getting the job done.
As a result, we are now offering success coaching on select conferences.
- Purchase this training + 3 one hour follow up success coaching calls
- Work with an assigned coach who has extensive experience in higher ed.
- Get individualized support to help you follow through on what you’ve learned.
- Workshop your plans, run your ideas by someone and get additional help/practice.
To get success coaching, simply purchase the Conference and add Success Coaching during registration.
The Academic Impressions Online Learning Experience
Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.
What you will get:
- A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
- Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
- Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
- Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
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“The virtual design of this conference coupled with the amazing work of our program manager promoted a high level of engagement and sense of community among attendees. The speakers were knowledgeable and enthusiastic to share their experiences. It was a refreshing shift from long days of traditional meetings on Zoom!”
“This is the first time I’ve ever attended a virtual conference, and to be honest, I had low expectations. Well, I was wrong. I am very impressed with the platform used and the quality of the content shared. Oftentimes, these conferences only talk about ideas and what could work, but at this event, actual pathways and practical next steps were shared. Academic Impressions did a great job featuring quality speakers who were willing to share what they know.”
“Although the workshop was online, it felt as if the presenters were right there with us. All presenters were knowledgeable and really related the content to real work experiences. They were so willing to answer questions and offer assistance—I learned so much that I can apply.”
“Many conferences leave you with learning but not always sure how to turn that into action for your organization. There were actionable tips shared throughout the two days and tools provided to help move the learning into action. I am always impressed with Academic Impressions conferences and this virtual one did not disappoint.”
"At first, I was skeptical that a virtual conference was capable of being both engaging and informational - but Academic Impressions has mastered it! The 3-day online event was structured in a creative way that all participants had multiple opportunities to interact with each other and the presenters. No one's questions went unheard or unanswered. Thank you for this great experience, it has changed my view of virtual conferences and I look forward to attending more in the future."
- Desiree Ford, Digital Communications Manager, Binghamton University
“The virtual conference has been amazing. The presenters have all been great and the information they’ve provided is going to help us better use our social media. Even though this conference had to be virtualized due to COVID-19, the online format has been set up in a way that we can all collaborate and share ideas. I’m very eager to take what I’ve learned back to campus and start implementing new ideas.”
- Chris Forde, Coordinator of Marketing & Public Information, Lincoln Trail College
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | All Times Eastern
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. ET
11:30 – 12:15 p.m. ET
In this opening session, you will receive a brief overview of the investigator’s role as fact-gatherer and review the investigative process under the 2020 Final Regulations. We will explore the parties’ newly afforded rights under the law and how the investigator adheres to those rights throughout the investigative process. You will have the opportunity to share and collaborate about any gaps you have identified or experienced, or that you foresee in investigations, as well as any ongoing concerns you may have about how to conduct investigations pursuant to the law.
12:15 – 12:45 p.m. ET
Our expert faculty will introduce you to the five stages of the investigative process. Within each stage, you will learn effective strategies and advanced skills to incorporate into your existing process. As a group, you will be introduced to a mock scenario that you will use to apply and practice advanced investigative skills throughout the training.
12:45 – 1:00 p.m. ET
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET
Our faculty will provide useful strategies to fully prepare you for your complex investigation, including:
- Recognizing the elements of the offenses
- Identifying the evidence that may be available
- Witnesses & outreach strategy
- Creating an investigation log
- Planning for the interviews
- Interacting with party advisors
Based on what you learn here, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss and refine your current preparation strategy.
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Gathering and preserving evidence is critical to the investigative process. At this stage, you will learn about the two types of evidence—testimonial and non-testimonial—that investigators gather during the investigative process. We will then review how each type of evidence plays a role in assisting the decision-maker in determining responsibility.
- Testimonial Evidence: Building Rapport and Asking the Right Questions
- Conducting interviews is a crucial and essential skill used by investigators to find out, to the best of their ability, what may have occurred during the alleged incident or incidents. Here, you will learn the most advanced and effective interviewing techniques to build rapport with witnesses and solicit the most information, enabling you to follow the trail of information for a just and fair outcome.
- Non-Testimonial Evidence: Collecting Physical Evidence
- Non-testimonial evidence can serve to corroborate—or contradict—the information gathered through testimonies and can be instrumental to building a case timeline while serving to bolster or diminish credibility. During this section, we will explore avenues to collect this physical evidence and work to identify that which might be missing.
4:00 – 4:45 p.m. ET
Impartiality within the investigative process is the substantive foundation of the entire grievance process. You will learn how to recognize and then mitigate, as much as possible, personal bias during the investigation, as well as how to address it if your personal bias is questioned. You will have the opportunity to reflect and share instances where you yourself have experienced or witnessed bias as part of a Title IX investigation—and how you reacted to or addressed the bias.
4:45 – 5:00 p.m. ET
11:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. | All Times Eastern
11:00 – 11:15 a.m. ET
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. ET
Learn the methods for addressing the reluctant or difficult witness, from confronting inconsistent, incomplete, contradictory, or nonsensical statements, to handling suspected dishonesty.
12:15 – 12:30 p.m. ET
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET
Through mock interviews (using the fact scenario provided), you will put the new strategies and techniques you have learned to practical use.
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET
Our faculty will walk you through the compilation and delivery of the investigative file. Following this session, you will learn how to assess and assemble the evidence for inclusion in the investigative report. Here you will develop a critical understanding of relevance and its purpose within the overall grievance process.
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET
This stage provides the valuable opportunity to review the outline of a final investigative report and learn the various best approaches for organizing its content.
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. ET
As an investigator, you will likely serve as a witness who will testify at the hearing. Our expert faculty will therefore ensure that you are prepared for your appearance within the hearing.
4:15 – 4:45 p.m. ET
Cara Hardin, J.D.
Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Marquette University
Cara Hardin is an attorney serving as Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Cara helps coordinate and monitor Marquette's compliance with Title IX of the Higher Education Act of 1972 and all associated regulations.
Christine H. Taylor, J.D., LL.M.
Institutional Equity Officer and Title IX Coordinator, University of Oklahoma
In her current role, Christine is the designated agent for the university, responsible for overseeing university policy and coordinating the university’s response and compliance with Title IX and associated regulations, as well as with federal, state, and local laws concerning nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action.
The recording for this virtual conference will not be shared. Please only register if you are planning to attend the live sessions.
Questions About the Event?
Rabia Khan Harvey
Senior Learning & Development Manager,