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Writing Outcome Rationales Workshop

ATIXA’s Model Process for Rationale Writing, Review, and Approval

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Recommended Prior Learning: 

Investigation Foundations for Higher Education, Title IX Decision-Making for Higher Education, Title IX Investigator Foundations for K-12 Education, or K-12 Title IX Decision-making

Synthesize Complex Concepts into Concise Written Decisions

Proficiency in writing precise rationales is essential for both investigators and decision-makers during the formal grievance process. Rationales are intricate and require significant analytical and writing abilities to effectively convey the practitioner’s thoughts. This includes analyzing all relevant facts, applying policies, assessing credibility, applying the standard of proof, making a final determination, elaborating on sanctions, and providing reasons for the decision.

While understanding the rationale is important, articulating it in writing can be challenging. This workshop helps attendees find their voice, decide how much to say, and the best way to convey it.

Topics Covered

  • Purpose of the Rationale
  • Crafting the Rationale
  • Differentiating Findings and Final Determinations
  • Parsing Policy/Using Models of Proof
  • How to Explain Credibility Assessments in Written Form
  • Individual Rationale Writing Time
  • Group Feedback and Discussion

Key Takeaway

Employ ATIXA’s recommended rationale review and approval process to distill nuanced concepts into clear writing that is defensible and reduces the risk of litigation and legal scrutiny.

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to…

  • Explain ATIXA’s recommended rationale review and approval process
  • Distinguish the types of evidence and statements that should be included in a rationale
  • Synthesize and distill complex concepts into clear, concise writing
  • Describe the structure of rationales and the purpose they serve in the process
  • Understand how rationales may be subject to litigation and legal scrutiny

Who Should Attend?

  • Title IX Coordinators
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinators
  • Title IX or Civil Rights Investigators
  • Decision-makers
  • Hearing Chairpersons
  • 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)
  • Student Affairs Administrators
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professionals
  • School Board Members
  • Superintendents, Principals, & Assistant Principals

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

Please note, Workshops do not offer certifications but they do receive digital badges. Attendees will earn 4 re-certifying credits toward any currently held Certifications. Please click here to view our Continuing Certification Credits (CCC) FAQs.


Live, Interactive Online Training

  • $399 Member
  • $499 Non-Member

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  • July 30: 11:00am - 3:00pm ET Register
  • November 15: 11:00am - 3:00pm ET Register


*Effective July 1st, ATIXA training & event pricing will increase by approximately 5%. We invite you to register early to lock in our current pricing.

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

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  • 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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