Practice the steps and components of a sexual harassment hearing through a mock case study.
While Title IX hearings have always been an intricate part of resolving cases, the rapidly changing legal landscape has made them even more so today.
If your institution has designated (or is planning to designate) hearing panels to resolve sexual harassment or misconduct cases, it’s crucial to ensure all selected panelists are fully prepared to facilitate and lead hearings in order to minimize the risk of a re-investigation and to ensure that all parties are receiving a fair and equitable resolution process.
Join us for this practical and hands-on workshop, where you will participate in a mock-hearing and learn strategies to conduct an effective and unbiased hearing. With the help of our expert speaker, Jill Thomas from Stanford University, you will delve deep into how to:
- Differentiate between hearing panel structures and understand the critical components to implement in all panels
- Prepare for a hearing by developing questioning strategies
- Comb through and organize facts, statements, and evidence in order to reach the required burden of proof
- Organize a post-hearing meeting that enables competent and informed deliberation
- Write an effective decision letter including a rationale
This training will not only be suitable for institutions who are just launching their new hearing panels, but also for those who have utilized hearing panels in the past but would like a refresher or an opportunity to acquire new skills or strategies.
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Who Should Attend
This course was carefully designed to train those who utilize hearing panels on their campus for their sexual harassment or gender-based discrimination cases, such as:
- Title IX Hearing Panelists
- Title IX Investigators (if they also serve as Hearing Panelists)
- Title IX Coordinators and Deputy Coordinators
- Student Conduct Officers
- Student Affairs Leadership
- General Counsels
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8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Your registration for the event includes full access to all conference sessions and materials, breakfast and lunch on Friday, as well as refreshments and snacks throughout the conference.
Participants will differentiate and discuss multiple hearing panel structures to understand the most critical components of an effective hearing panel. By analyzing requirements under federal law, participants will become familiar with the “basic” components of all hearing panels including understanding how to implement your institutions policies and procedures, due process foundations, and hearing panel expectations.
Participants will walk through critical steps to prepare for a hearing. The lifecycle of a case will be discussed, and participants will be introduced to a sample case study to utilize throughout the conference. Participants will identify the alleged policy violations and then learn how to interpret their own campus policies and analyze components of their policy with an exercise. Components of a hearing will be introduced, such as: the purpose of a hearing, understanding the standard of evidence to determine findings, how to develop critical investigation questions for the hearing, and developing a strategy to facilitate the hearing with co-panelists. Facilitating a cross-examination and the role of an advisor will also be discussed. Participants will use this time to prepare for the mock hearing that will take place after lunch. Volunteers will be asked to facilitate the mock hearing with the tools provided at the conference while the Speaker and AI Program Manager will act in the roles of the Respondent and Complainant.
Through a mock hearing, participants will have an opportunity to practice the steps of a hearing and visualize how a hearing might be facilitated. Participants will learn effective communication skills, such as active listening and effective questioning, while also responding to challenges that may present themselves during hearings.
Hearing panelists will have a critical role in analyzing facts that were collected during a hearing while effectively weighing witness credibility and evidence that was collected during the investigation or hearing. Participants will participate in a mock deliberation meeting following the mock hearing to understand how a deliberative meeting should be facilitated. Pitfalls to avoid and tips for a successful deliberative meeting will be discussed. Sanctioning decisions will also be briefly discussed for hearing panelists who have this additional responsibility.
Participants will learn how to organize and articulate a clear, concise fact pattern in their written decision letters. The IRACS Model will be introduced during this session. A review of how decision letters must be delivered to both parties, and information that must be included in the decision letters will also be reviewed.
Title IX Coordinator and Director of Equity Investigations
Jill oversees investigations and three-person panel hearings as well as trainings for the Stanford panelists. Over the course of her career, Jill has taught and mentored lawyers on trial advocacy skills as well as trained law enforcement agents on investigations. Read Jill's full bio here.
Purchase the conference binder, which includes all presentation slides, worksheets, action plans, and additional resources.
Note: Conference attendees do not need to purchase materials separately.
Questions About the Event?
Rabia Khan Harvey
Senior Program Manager, Academic Impressions