5 Steps to Facilitate Your Title IX Hearing Deliberation Meetings



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How are you and your hearing panel managing the demands of decision making?



After the live Title IX hearing, as a hearing panelist, you have the responsibility of determining the outcome of the case. You must analyze the facts, assess the credibility of witness testimony, and maintain razor-sharp focus on your sexual harassment policy definitions—all of which require technical skills and knowledge. However, there’s also an art to these meetings. You must be able to facilitate critical conversations in a high pressure and often emotional environment about how to interpret and manage implicit bias, gut feelings, and differences in attitudes and motives.

Join us online for a four-hour virtual training to learn how to balance the science and art of high-pressure deliberations and facilitate successful meetings. Our expert instructor will provide you with a five-step framework to ensure you and your decision-making peers are structuring your meetings with efficiency and respect. You will practice the framework by applying the five steps to a mock case and immersing yourself in the role of the deliberation committee. You will also walk away with tips for how to prepare the determination letter.


Who Should Attend

Those Title IX hearing panelists and/or decision-makers who are looking to gain confidence in the process and identify steps in order to come to a resolution will benefit most from this training. Title IX Coordinators are strongly encouraged to participate as they provide oversight of the sexual harassment grievance procedures. Those who are serving as advisors to complainants or respondents may also find this virtual training valuable.

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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


November 5, 2020

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Eastern


Our expert faculty will walk you through the following steps to effectively facilitate your hearing deliberation process:

  • Step 1: Analyze facts in dispute and not in dispute
  • Step 2: Assess credibility of witnesses and evidence
  • Step 3: Analyze the facts and the policy together to understand a cohesive narrative
  • Step 4: Determine responsibility based on your policy’s standard of proof
  • Step 5: Prepare your written determination letter

In collaboration with your peers and instructor, you will also practice applying these five steps to a fact pattern and mock hearing recording.


Portrait of Jill Thomas

Jill Thomas


Jill Thomas is currently 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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