Title IX Evidence Collection: Strategies to Ensure a Complete Investigation



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Hone your evidence gathering skills to improve your next Title IX investigation.


Identifying and collecting relevant evidence is a critical step within the Title IX grievance process. It enables Title IX Investigators to develop a case timeline and provide the decision-maker with an understanding, to the best of their ability, about what may have occurred during the alleged incident(s). But how do we go about doing this step effectively to ensure vital information isn’t overlooked? 

Join us for an in-depth virtual training that will give you tools to complete the evidence gathering phase an investigation and give you the opportunity to practice using them with your peers. We will embark on an investigation through the lens of mock scenarios designed to teach you:

  • Strategies to collect both testimonial and non-testimonial evidence.
  • How to identify what evidence might be missing.
  • Steps you can take to help fill in the gaps.


Who Should Attend

This training will benefit both new and seasoned Title IX investigators who are looking for hands-on practice identifying and collecting evidence for sexual harassment/gender-based discrimination cases. Individuals who have indirect involvement in investigations, such as Title IX Coordinators, Student Affairs leadership, human resource professionals, and/or General Counsel will also benefit from this content.

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  • 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


May 11, 2021

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


Welcome and Introductions



Part 1: Setting the Stage

During the first part of the training, we will review the two types of evidence—testimonial and non-testimonial—and discuss and their role within Title IX investigations. We will also introduce you to a mock scenario that will guide your learning.



Part 2: Testimonial Evidence: Building Rapport and Asking the Right Questions

In most investigations, interviews are the main tool investigators use to find out, to the best of their ability, what happened during the incident or incidents in question. Our expert facilitator will provide you with key steps to build rapport and effectively ask questions to elicit the most information possible. You will then practice with your peers.






Part 3: Identifying and Collecting Physical Evidence

Non-testimonial evidence can serve to corroborate—or refute—the information gathered through testimonies can be instrumental to building a case timeline and serve to bolster or diminish credibility. During this section, we will explore avenues to collect this physical evidence and work in small groups to identify that which might be missing from our scenarios.



Final Q&A and Close


Portrait of Cara Hardin

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. She is the lead investigator of formal complaints alleging sexual harassment and the lead investigator and adjudicator of formal complaints alleging sex discrimination and other sexual misconduct filed by Marquette students, faculty, and staff.

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