Title IX Investigation Essentials: A Hands-On Training and Certification

Title IX Investigation Essentials: A Hands-On Training and Certification

December 5 - 6, 2018
New Orleans, LA

Participate in a mock investigation to confidently approach campus sexual misconduct and harassment.

Join us for the most practically-focused Title IX investigation training in higher education. This two-day event focuses on developing the skills you need to approach Title IX complaints with confidence by walking you through a mock investigation from start to finish. With the help of our experts you will learn and practice how to:

  • Review written complaints
  • Approach investigations using a proven methodology
  • Interview witnesses using different tactics for different witnesses
  • Analyze the facts uncovered during your investigation and write a report

We are focused on preparing you to conduct a professional and thorough investigation. During each session we will take time to ensure that you can apply this information to your current investigative practices and train others on your campus. You will receive a certificate of completion documenting the time you have spent on this Title IX Training.

“I have been to other trainings on Title IX investigating and left more confused than before I attended. This training was so incredibly comprehensive, engaging, and provided excellent hands on experience. The presenter knows her stuff and is amazing! 100% money’s worth!”

Rachel Oladele, Assistant Director of High School Life, UNC School of the Arts

Post-Conference Workshop: Improving Your Investigatory Report and Factual Analysis Writing Skills

This workshop is an opportunity for you to further improve your Title IX investigative reporting and writing skills. You will participate in activities that will help you refine your factual analysis abilities and advance your credibility assessment skills.

Save 10% on Two Title IX Trainings Hosted Twice This Year

Academic Impressions is hosting a Title IX Coordinator Training prior to this Title IX Investigator Training. Save 10% when you attend both programs; discount is applied when both trainings are added to your cart.

Who Should Attend

All professionals responsible for Title IX compliance will benefit from this event, including:

  • Title IX Investigators
  • Title IX Coordinators
  • Campus Safety Officers
  • Student Conduct Officers
  • Student Affairs Leadership

This program will provide an excellent opportunity for your team to learn about civil rights investigations in an easy-to-understand and practical format. When you register two of your team members, a third can attend for 50% off!


The BEST training I've ever attended!

Gary Guillory, Title IX Investigator, Savannah State University

"Excellent training program. In depth, creative, and informative. Excellent takeaways!"

Phil Riordan, Vice President of Student Affairs, Lynn University

Loved the training and practical experience gained at this training.

Betty Whiteman, Director of Human Resources, Stetson University

The training included the specific ‘how to's’ that some events neglect to address.

Robin Daniel, Executive Vice President, Greensboro College

The content and overall experience was absolutely great. Thank for your amazing presentation.

Matty Orlich, Director of the Office of Community Standards, Stony Brook University

It's very uncommon to use the word 'excited' in relation to Title IX, but after reviewing the agenda, I was just that. The session provided a great, comprehensive overview of how to run a Title IX investigation and report.

Jenna Kelly, Associate Director for Student Life, Stetson University

My experience has taken the fear out of doing Title IX work. Academic Impressions does an awesome job in researching curriculum and offering the information in a comprehensive course. No one is more expert on the topics and more engaging than Bev Baligad!

Christine Thompson Director, Student Compliance Student Title IX Coordinator, Lansing Community College

Academic Impressions listened to the voices of the people involved with Title IX and provided a detailed and practical training useful for us all. Thank you!

Jaray Gillespie, Assistant Dean of Students, Georgia State University

Excellent and relevant resources! Very much needed in this current Title IX environment!

Donna Lynch-Cunningham, Human Resources Coordinator, Emory University

This conference was very informative. The speaker and moderators did a good job with challenging content.

Marshare Penny, Associate Professor of Health Sciences, California Baptist University

The information was pertinent and useful. The handouts and takeaways were useful.

Gene Heppard, Director of Disability Resource Services, Phoenix College

This program is a must for all new Title IX investigators.

Osaro Ighodaro, Vice President of Student Development, South Mountain Community College

I would absolutely recommend attending the Title IX investigator training with Bev Baligad. I feel very well prepared to begin my actual hands-on experience at my institution.

Lesa Wagner, Assistant Director, Idaho State University, Twin Falls

Academic Impressions provided excellent training in a beautiful location with an informative and knowledgeable presenter.

Sally Bell Pitman, Dispute Operations and Title IX Administrator, University of Phoenix

Very thorough training taught by an expert with many tools to take home.

Sharon Allen, Assistant Dean of Counseling, Eastern Arizona College

The Title IX training provided ample background, detail, practice, and templates to allow attendees to become more effective Title IX investigators.

Stephanie Ferguson, Title IX Coordinator, University of the Southwest

Highly recommend this course to any educational employee who has any contact with Title IX issues.

Charles N. Duerre, Director of Campus Safety, Wilmington College

Very practical information that can be used right away. Definitely worth attending.

David Okada, Interim Institutional Compliance Officer, University of Guam

Besides being absolutely necessary, the conference was enjoyable and engaging.

Rick Cook, Principal, Stockbridge High School

This is my second Title IX Investigator Training with Bev. She is consistently thorough as a presenter, but she's also a practitioner, herself. She brings that real-life experience that new and seasoned investigators need and that you can easily and quickly apply.

Clare Iannelli, Dean of Compliance and Judicial Affairs, San Jacinto College

I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. It was comprehensive, it was action-based research brought by an adaptive leader in the field. Awesome!

Magdalena Monet, Assistant Student Affairs Dean, Kutztown University

Provided information I need in a direct and engaging forma.

Matt Hudson, Water Scientist, Northland College

This conference was very informative. Bev really explains step by step instruction. Follow her plan and you'll be successful in your role.

Charles McInnis, Police Services Supervisor, University of Maine



Main Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast (included in registration fee)

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.


9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

We will begin by introducing you to a case-study scenario (complete with facts, sample testimonials, and policies) to help guide you through the investigative process throughout the conference.

Title IX and the Role of the Investigator

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Who should be your investigators? What qualities and skills should they have? What are the differences and main responsibilities of preliminary versus a full investigation? How many investigators do you need, and how will they work in conjunction with your campus Title IX coordinator? This session will help you answer these questions to ensure you are using the most appropriate investigative model for your campus.


10:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Fundamentals of a Civil Rights Investigation

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

It is critical for every institution to fully understand the differences between a criminal and civil rights investigation before investigators can be properly trained. Our experts will thoroughly outline the differences between civil rights and criminal investigations, potential “investigative” issues, important considerations (policy driven, bias and stereotype, credibility), policy analysis, and standard of proof to help you develop a framework for your investigative practices.

Lunch (included in registration fee)

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Conducting the Investigation: Planning/Pre-Investigation/Strategizing

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Investigations must be thoroughly planned before they can be conducted properly. This session will provide an overview of the planning process, including:

  • What to look for when reviewing written complaints or available information
  • Understanding the layout and location
  • How to identify the potential type(s) of sexual misconduct
  • Organizing information on the named witnesses, their roles, and the order of questioning
  • Designing a plan to interview witnesses


2:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Conducting the Investigation: The Investigation

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

We will address the specifics of the actual investigation, including:

  • Setting the right tone and being aware of verbal and nonverbal cues
  • Types of questioning (e.g. open vs. closed, knowing which questions to ask and which to avoid, etc.)
  • Note-taking techniques

Networking Reception (included in registration fee)

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.


Continental Breakfast (included in registration fee)

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Putting the Facts Together and Working Time

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (includes break)

Apply what you’ve learned and complete an analysis of the facts for a formal investigative report. This session will train you on how to do a credibility assessment, policy analysis (gridding), and fact analysis. We will then discuss how to write a report, including what sections to include and difficult sections to write.

Post-Conference Workshop: Improving Your Investigatory Report and Factual Analysis Writing Skills

Lunch for Workshop Attendees and Registration (included in workshop registration fee)

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Refining Your Factual Analysis

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Writing factual analyses in the final investigative report is an effective strategy for decision makers. In this hour, attendees will participate in activities to identify the undisputed and disputed facts from a mock investigation, in an impartial manner, to include in the report, such as:

  • Undisputed vs. disputed facts
  • Refining your factual analysis organization
  • Personal bias writing evaluation
  • Identifying policies relevant to facts


2:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Advancing your Credibility Assessment

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

This portion of our conference builds upon the introduction of credibility from the Foundations Institute earlier this week.  Using a mock fact pattern, as well as additional facts, participants will assess information that relates to an interviewee’s credibility and practice writing an appropriate credibility assessment, including:

  • Very Brief Review of Credibility
  • Quantity vs. Quality
  • Rule of Three
  • Credibility Assessment Individual and Group Activities

December 5 - 6, 2018
New Orleans, LA

Conference Hotel:

Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70113

Room Rate: $189 + tax
Room Block Dates: The nights of December 4 and 5, 2018.
Rate Available Until: November 12, 2018.

Please book early - rooms are limited and subject to availability.

Reserve Your Room: Please click the button below or call 504.561.1234 and indicate that you are with the Academic Impressions group to receive the group rate.


Title IX Expert Bev Baligad

Bev Baligad

Director of Compliance/Title IX Coordinator
University of Hawai'i - 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. She has extensive experience in the development and implementation of key compliance areas such as training, investigations, programming/awareness events, process reviews, and case management.

She has been a consultant and trained institutions across the nation in the areas of Title IX, Title IV, Behavior Intervention Team (BIT), VAWA/Campus SaVE/Clery Act, ADA/Section 504, FERPA, EDGAR Part 86, Student Conduct, Due Process and First Amendment. She served as the Michigan State Coordinator (2009-2013) for the Association of Student Conduct Administrators and is a current member on the National Association of College and University Attorneys NACUA Notes Editorial Board, the Association of Title IX Administrators, Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, Threat Team Oahu, Filipino Association of University Women and most recently University Risk Management and Insurance Association. She continues to train nationally.

Main Conference Only

$1,295 through Nov 16$1,395.00

Learn how to conduct a Title IX civil rights investigation using the resources and tools you receive at this interactive conference.

Post-Conference Workshop Only

$395 through Nov 16$495.00

Further improve your Title IX investigative reporting and writing skills at this post-conference workshop.

Can't Attend? Buy the
Conference Binder

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.

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Rabia Khan Harvey
Sr. Program Manager, Academic Impressions

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