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Managing Appeals Seminar

Effectively Manage Title IX Appeals and Compose Detailed Rationales

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Recommended Prior Learning: 

Title IX Coordinator Foundations: Sex-Based Harassment for Higher Education or Title IX Compliance Essentials for K-12 Education

Optimize Your Appeals Process to ATIXA’s Best Practice Standards on Compliance

This seminar provides participants with the philosophical and practical framework for managing appeals consistent with ATIXA’s best practices to achieve equity and compliance with federal requirements under Title IX and VAWA Section 304. ATIXA’s expert faculty members guide participants through the appeals process, how to determine whether a party has “grounds” for an appeal, and how to assess whether the federally required grounds for appeal are met. This seminar will focus on all four phases of “appeal,” including dismissal appeals, supportive measure appeals, emergency removal “appeals,” and hearing/decision appeals.

In addition, participants will learn how to compose solid rationales, apply the principles of appellate excellence (including deference, the clear error standard, and the use of remand), make determinations based on merits, communicate outcomes, and avoid common pitfalls. This seminar is appropriate for both appeal decision-makers and those who oversee the appeal process, including Title IX Coordinators.

Topics Covered

  • Philosophical & Legal Framework
  • Using a Two-Step Appeal Process
  • Deference
  • Determining an Appeal
  • The Mechanics of Processing an Appeal
  • Common Pitfalls

Key Takeaway

Become proficient in addressing Title IX appeals by understanding the determination of appeals, concepts of deference and remand, and how to write an outcome letter that outlines the appeal finding, rationale, and curative instructions.

After completing this seminar, participants will be able to...

  • Determine whether a request for appeal meets the requirements to be heard by an appeal decision-maker
  • Explain the appeal grounds required by Title IX
  • Distinguish between a gatekeeper’s determination of whether there are grounds for an appeal from the decision-maker’s determination of an appeal on the merit(s) of the stated issue(s)
  • Operationalize the concepts of deference and remand
  • Determine next steps and appropriate outcomes of appeals
  • Compose a written outcome letter detailing the appeal finding, rationale, and curative instructions, if any
  • Identify common pitfalls in current practices

Who Should Attend?

  • Title IX Coordinators
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinators
  • Title IX or Civil Rights Investigators
  • Decision-makers
  • Appeal Decision-makers
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Student Conduct Professionals
  • Legal Counsel
  • Compliance and Risk Management Professionals (Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, ADA/Section 504, AA, EEO, Clery)
  • School Board Members
  • Superintendents, Principals, & Assistant Principals

This seminar is tailored to be applicable for Higher Education Institutions, K-12 Schools and Districts, as well as Dual Enrollment programs.

Please note, Seminars do not offer certifications but they do receive digital badges. Attendees will earn 2 re-certifying credits toward any currently held Certifications. Please click here to view our Continuing Certification Credits (CCC) FAQs.


Live, Interactive Online Training

  • $279 Member
  • $349 Non-Member

Hide Details & Schedule


  • November 15: 4:00pm - 6:00pm ET Register


*You must attend all dates in your session to receive credit for attendance.

Multi registration discounts are provided on a sliding scale based on the applicable registrations on the same order. Individualized discounts are as follows:

  • 1st registration – full price of registration
  • 2-4 registrations – 15% discount per line item
  • 5+ registrations – 25% discounted per line item

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