Title IX Hearing Board Training & Certification Courses

August 2020 Courses

September-December 2020 Courses

Course Descriptions:


Title IX Hearing Officer & Decision-Maker Training & Certification Course

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Training is necessary to help decision-makers recognize and overcome bias, to understand the scope of their role, to apply policy with analytical precision, and to be sure that their determination is reliably based on the evidence. This certification is perfect for hearing chairs, panelists, single decision-makers, administrative hearing facilitators, and party advisors, as well as appeal decision-makers. Training is required by VAWA Section 304 and the 2020 Title IX regulations. This two-day ATIXA course satisfies the training requirements of both laws.

All over the country, more than 625 lawsuits have attacked the decisions of college panels in sexual misconduct allegations. This training is designed to shore up hearing process skills so that your decisions are sound, supportable, and much harder to challenge in court. Plus, we’ll explore many of the new regulatory requirements to ensure your formal hearing process is compliant.

This level of training is good for your school, good for the parties, and good for the integrity of the process. The principals behind ATIXA have been training hearing decision-makers for more than 20 years, and now your decision-makers, chairs, hearing facilitators, and party advisors can benefit from their expansive expertise in an interactive ATIXA certification training environment where practical skills, including case studies and questioning exercises are the primary focus.

The training allows participants to substantively explore application of policies on sexual harassment, sexual assault (including incapacity), domestic/dating violence, and stalking, using case studies not offered in any other ATIXA training.

“Nobody trains a jury, so why does a hearing panel need training?” The analogy to a jury is only partially correct. College and school hearing panels have a fact-finding role, like juries, but also an investigative responsibility that juries do not have. That added responsibility enhances the training needed to perform the role well. And, of course, decision-makers must be trained per VAWA Section 304. If Congress thought training was necessary, it must have realized that the jury analogy is imperfect. Or perhaps Congress recognized that the premise is wrong…juries are trained. One of the primary functions of the lawyers, judges, expert witnesses, and jury instructions is to provide guidance to the jury on how it should analyze a case. That’s training, it just happens on the job, in the courtroom. ATIXA’s approach provides the key skills decision-makers need to serve this role proficiently in a college hearing environment.

Is this Training Meant for K-12 Decision-Makers?

Yes, this training will benefit K-12 decision-makers, too, especially in schools and districts where hearing models are used (and for suspension/expulsion, all public K-12 schools must provide hearings). Some of the content on live cross-examination won’t likely be applicable in every district, but most of the other content about questioning, relevance, and solid decision-making will be very beneficial.

Hearing Process Advisors Should Attend this Training?

Yes, whether an advisor is institution-appointed, or independent, they will gain an understanding of the hearing process, relevance, and questioning, from this course.

Description of Course

Hearing officer training, led by ATIXA experts, will cover:

  • Structural aspects of the hearing
  • Questioning and cross examination
  • Due process components
  • Neutrality and objectivity
  • Models of proof
  • Factual and credibility analysis and decision-making
  • Hands-on case studies
  • Mock hearings, questioning role plays, and virtual deliberations

And much, much more.

Please click here for an Agenda

Who Should Attend?

This training is valuable as direct training for those who make fact-finding decisions, but is also essential for those who support the fact-finding process, including:

  • Hearing/Process Advisors
  • Hearing Facilitators
  • Hearing Chairs
  • Decision-Makers
  • Hearing Panelists
  • Appeals Officers
  • Coordinators and Investigators

Prerequisites

None.

Title IX Hearing Officer & Decision-Maker Level Two Training & Certification Course – Forthcoming

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Description of Course

Level Two will feature two days of online, live training:

  • Deep dives on the topics of questioning, relevance, credibility, pre-hearing preparation, substantive analysis, deliberation models, and outcome rationale writing (day one)
  • A full-day case study mock hearing (day two)

Who Should Attend?

  • Hearing/Process Advisors
  • Hearing Facilitators
  • Hearing Chairs
  • Decision-Makers
  • Hearing Panelists
  • Appeals Officers
  • Coordinators and Investigators

Click here for a Sample Agenda

Prerequisites

None

Title IX Hearing Advisors 1/2 Day Training & Certification Course -Recording Coming Soon

Course Description 
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Description of Course

A recorded training for those who will serve as advisors to parties throughout the resolution process, including hearings, where advisors conduct cross-examination. This topic will address the scope and function of advisors, understanding resolution procedures, post-investigation expectations, pre-hearing expectations, bias and conflict of interest concerns, questioning rules, the obligation to cross-examine, effective and respectful cross-examination techniques, and interacting with the hearing chair.

Who Should Attend?

  • Hearing/Process Advisors
  • Victim Advocates
  • Hearing Chairs
  • Title IX Coordinators
  • Legal Counsel

Click here for a Sample Agenda

Prerequisites

None

Title IX Hearing Officer & Decision-Maker Interactive Mock Hearing Training Course

Course Description 
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Description of Course

Participants all play a role in this online live event! This day-long event requires registrants to prepare for their role in advance, learn their part, and prepare to testify, question, rule, or deliberate. The roles include a hearing facilitator, a voting chair, two decision-maker panelists, two parties, two advisors, and two witnesses. Then, facilitators take the participants through the hearing script per the regulations, and then facilitate deliberations. This is an excellent hands-on way to get a feel for how hearings will work under the new Title IX rules.

Who Should Attend?

  • Hearing/Process Advisors
  • Hearing Facilitators
  • Hearing Chairs
  • Decision-Makers
  • Hearing Panelists
  • Appeals Officers
  • Coordinators and Investigators

Click here for a Sample Agenda

Prerequisites

None

Title IX Hearing Chairs One-Day Training & Certification Course

Course Description 
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Description of Course

The Chairs certification course is a full-day online live training covering in depth the topics of pre-hearing procedures, exchanges of investigation materials, understanding the difference between relevant evidence and directly-related evidence, assessing credibility, controlling questioning (with exercises), managing cross-examination, facilitating deliberation, and outcome rationale writing exercises.

Who Should Attend?

  • Hearing/Process Advisors
  • Hearing Facilitators
  • Hearing Chairs
  • Decision-Makers
  • Hearing Panelists
  • Appeals Officers
  • Coordinators and Investigators
  • Legal Counsel

Click here for a Sample Agenda

Prerequisites

None

Title IX Mock Hearing Demonstration Recording Purchase – Forthcoming

Course Description 
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Description of Course

Watch ATIXA experts conduct a pre-recorded hearing according to the 2020 Title IX regulations, including pre-hearing meetings, evidence allocation and rulings, witness testimony, panel questioning, cross-examination, and deliberations. Content is a day-long training, but is broken into three separate blocks for ease of viewing at your convenience.

Who Should Purchase?

  • Hearing/Process Advisors
  • Hearing Facilitators
  • Hearing Chairs
  • Decision-Makers
  • Hearing Panelists
  • Appeals Officers
  • Coordinators and Investigators

Click here for a Sample Agenda

Prerequisites

None

K-12 Title IX Decision-Maker

Who Should Attend
Prerequisites
Upcoming Training Opportunities
How is this different from other Certification courses from ATIXA?
What does my certification mean?
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Description of Course

“Nobody trains a jury, so why does a hearing panel need training?” The analogy to a jury is only partially correct. College and school hearing panels have a fact-finding role, like juries, but also an investigative responsibility that juries do not have. That added responsibility enhances the training needed to perform the role well. And, of course, decision-makers must be trained per VAWA Section 304. If Congress thought training was necessary, it must have realized that the jury analogy is imperfect. Or perhaps Congress recognized that the premise is wrong…juries are trained. One of the primary functions of the lawyers, judges, expert witnesses, and jury instructions is to provide guidance to the jury on how it should analyze a case. That’s training, it just happens on the job, in the courtroom. ATIXA’s approach provides the key skills decision-makers need to serve this role proficiently in a college hearing environment.

This training will benefit K-12 decision-makers, too, especially in schools and districts where hearing models are used (and for suspension/expulsion, all public K-12 schools must provide hearings). Some of the content on live cross-examination won’t likely be applicable in every district, but most of the other content about questioning, relevance, and solid decision-making will be very beneficial.

Who Should Attend?

This training is valuable as direct training for those who make fact-finding decisions, but is also essential for those who support the fact-finding process, including:

  • Hearing/Process Advisors
  • Hearing Facilitators
  • Hearing Chairs
  • Decision-Makers
  • Hearing Panelists
  • Appeals Officers
  • Coordinators and Investigators

Prerequisites

None

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Please note the registration form can be submitted to ATIXA prior to board approval to hold your spot at the rate you submit the form. We can invoice you and/or you can pay online after you receive board approval.


How is this different from our other certifications?

Are you a K-12 Title IX Coordinator or Administrator with limited to no experience? This newly developed course offers a comprehensive look at Title IX Administration, Coordination, Compliance, Athletics and Investigations at the K-12 level. The primary focus is ensuring you are up to speed with all aspects of Title IX in your district.

What does my Certification mean?

To obtain Certification from ATIXA, you will need to attend the whole event. It is our expectation that you are present for the entire duration of your training course.

Please allow 14 business days following the completion of the course and then log-into or create an account with our Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) program system. Please follow the instructions on the webpage to obtain your certification. Our CCC program allows those certified by ATIXA to track, maintain, and extend their professional development through our programs. Learn more about our program here.

Digital Badging

ATIXA has partnered with Accredible to add digital badging to its ability to recognize and honor the 12,500 professionals who have sought certification training since 2012.

Digital badges are an increasingly popular tool for employees to denote their achievements, illustrate skill accumulation, and convey professional competence and excellence. A digital badge is an indicator of accomplishment or skill that can be displayed, accessed, and verified online. The badge includes information on who earned the badge, what the badge represents, how it was earned, when it was earned, and who issued it. Digital credentials allow employees to present a rich and trustworthy record of their professional development, easily shared on social platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as inclusion in email signatures.

Attendees of any Certification Course will now be able to expand their current options for verifying certification in a more public, visual, digital, and social, displaying badges for each certification so that colleagues, students, and potential employers can recognize your training and professional development. Attendees will receive notification following completion of the training on how to access their badge.

PLEASE NOTE: Certification refers to attendance at a qualifying event; TNG cannot speak to individual attendees’ knowledge, expertise, or command of the material.