Develop a Questioning Plan for Your Title IX Investigations



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Maintain control of Title IX investigations by developing a well-informed questioning plan.


Title IX Investigators play a critical role in gathering as many relevant facts as they can through witness testimony and evidence. However, this process can be hindered when investigators neglect to understand that a knowledge and understanding of their institution’s sexual harassment policy should always drive the investigation and their line of questioning.  Further, many investigators may only be asking surface-level questions because they unintentionally created a questioning plan that is not based upon their institution’s policy.    

Join us online to learn how to create a questioning plan before the interview begins that will ensure you are conducting a well-informed and policy-driven investigation.  We will: 

  • Discuss how your institution’s sexual harassment policy definitions impact factual requirements and how you should approach gathering information that is relevant to the case.   
  • Demonstrate a technique you can use during your investigations to ensure you’re asking the right witness the right questions at the right time.   
  • Practice this technique during our session and have the opportunity to receive feedback.   

After attending this workshop, you’ll walk away with the tools you need during a Title IX investigation to help you stay on task and maintain control of the information you gather from witnesses. 


Who Should Attend

Designated Title IX Investigators who are new to investigations will benefit most from this training.  Seasoned Title IX investigators and seasoned investigators who are new to Title IX may also benefit from the new ideas and best practices this training provides. 

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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
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions


April 16, 2021

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern

Section 1:  Review of a Policy-Informed Investigation & Understanding Relevance 

Our expert faculty will help you understand the value and importance of interpreting your sexual harassment policy definitions and factual requirements that are specific to your campus.  You will also review the importance of the term relevance, introduced in the May 2020 Final Regulations, that is by design linked to the elements of your policy definitions.  



Section 2:  Policy Grid Demo 

Now that you understand the theory behind developing a well-informed questioning plan, our expert faculty will walk you through a demonstration of assembling a “policy grid,” with one of the more common sexual harassment policy definitions.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding this approach during the live demonstration. 



Section 3:  Developing Your Own Questioning Plan 

One of the best ways to understand and apply this new strategy into your current investigation process is to give you the opportunity to practice assembling your own policy grid.  You will also have a chance to collect feedback and refine your approach to build your understanding of this best practice. 


portrait of Bev Baligad

Bev Baligad

Director of Compliance/Title IX Coordinator, University of Hawaii – West O’ahu

Bev has been a member of the Michigan State Bar since 2004. She currently serves as the Director of Compliance/Title IX Coordinator at the University of Hawaii West Oahu campus. An alumna of UH Manoa and Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, she was previously employed at a mid-sized, urban public commuter college with 20,000+ students. Since 2005, she has worked in various areas in higher education, including but not limited to: Labor Relations, Executive leadership, Adjunct Faculty, Compliance and Title IX. 

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