Assessing Credibility in Title IX Cases



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Gain the practical tools and confidence to effectively and fairly assess credibility. 


It’s not uncommon for someone to have imperfect or inconsistent recall and just because something doesn’t make sense to you doesn't necessarily mean it is untrueHow can Title IX decision makers effectively and fairly assess credibility throughout the course of a case  

Join us for a deep-dive virtual training that will help make the practice of assessing credibility—often a nebulous concept—more concrete and tangible.  You will learn which factors you need to consider, how to assess the credibility of statements, documents, and other information gathered in a case, and how to communicate this in your decision rationale, all in a fair and impartial manner.  


Who Should Attend

This program is designed specifically for Title IX case decision makers, especially hearing board/panel members. 

Limited Attendance

In order to ensure a high-quality learning experience, we have intentionally designed this Virtual Training to have a limited number of total attendees. To ensure access from both paying participants and also from those who have an All-Inclusive membership, when the membership cap is reached, only paying participants can register after that point (while spaces are still available). If you have questions about whether this program is right for you, please contact us.

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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


May 17, 2021

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern


Welcome and Introductions 



Part 1: Considering Credibility 

During this first part of the training, we will discuss: 

  • Which factors are used to assess credibility. 
  • How to ask effective and balanced questions about credibility concerns. 
  • Strategies to better understand and mitigate bias to uphold a fair and equitable process. 



Part 2: Assessing Credibility  

Our expert speaker will provide examples, tools, and resources for an effective credibility assessment based on facts presented in a hearing− and you'll have the opportunity to practice!






Part 3: Writing about Credibility in Your Decision Rationale    

Here we will explore how to apply credibility assessment tools when writing your decision rationaleYou will gain insight on what to include in the rationale section of the decision. 



Final Q+ A and Wrap-Up 


Portrait of Jill Thomas

Jill Thomas


Jill Thomas has been a national educator and trainer specifically for Title IX in Higher Education. She was formerly the Title IX Coordinator and Director of Equity Investigations at Stanford University. In that role, she oversaw the investigations and three-person panel hearings. Jill came to Stanford in 2018 after a career as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) where she prosecuted child exploitation cases, including cases involving sex trafficking, sextortion, sex tourism, and online exploitation. 

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