Orlando, FL: Rationale Writing Workshop for Decision-Makers and Investigators

Date: January 24, 2022
Time: 8:30pm-12:30pm ET
Location: Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, Florida | Click here for more information!

$399 non-member
$349 member

*Discounts are available. Please contact orlando@atixa.org for more information!

Course Description: The 2020 Title IX regulations require hearing and appeal rationales (as well as rationales for dismissals and emergency removal decisions). As a result, rationales are under more scrutiny than ever, and it is now easier to litigate against a college or school’s stated rationale, because all the reasoning and analysis is now laid bare for all participants to see and scrutinize. Are your investigators and decision-makers ready to write clear, defensible rationales? If not, ATIXA is here to teach rationale-writing skills and increase the proficiency of your trainees.

This 4 hour (half-day) workshop is fully engaging and hands-on for decision makers and investigators. Often as part of an investigation report, and always as part of the hearing and appeal outcome letter, a rationale must be provided. This rationale includes an analysis of all the facts considered, policy application, a credibility assessment, application of the standard of proof, finding, final determination, elaboration of sanctions, and the reasons therefor.

Rationales are often difficult – we know our decision but how do we reduce it to writing?

Credibility in particular is challenging — how do we explain why we do or don’t believe someone?

This workshop is a hands-on clinic on becoming proficient at rationale writing using a fascinating new ATIXA case study to train your brain on this particular skill. There will be brief Zoom classroom instruction, a discussion of the case study, a break to write your draft, and then selective (anonymous) sharing of the drafts with the group for review and feedback by the instructor and participants. All participants will also receive a copy of ATIXA’s model rationale for the case.

Who Should Attend:

  • Title IX Investigators
  • Civil Rights Investigators
  • Hearing Officers
  • Appeal Officers
  • Legal Counsel
  • Title IX Team Members
  • Title IX Coordinators
  • Hearing Panel Chairs

Learning Outcomes:

  • What is a rationale and how is it used?
  • What should be included in a rationale? What should be excluded?
  • What should the internal process of rationale review and approval look like?
  • How can rationales contribute to litigation vulnerability, and how to ensure your rationales stand up to legal scrutiny.
  • How best to distill what decision-makers are thinking and then reduce it to a clear, concise written summary

Certification: This is not a certification course, but all participants will receive an Accredible Completion Badge.

Event Registration

Training courses and Workshops will be held at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista- Disney Springs located at 1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, from January 24th to January 28th, 2022. Please contact orlando@atixa.org for more information.

Membership Benefits



  • For one-year per Higher Education Institution, K-12 School, or District
  • Access to ATIXA services and products worth up to $20,000, without per-item fees
  • Three (Higher Education) and six (K-12 School/District) complimentary registrations to ATIXA Certification Courses
  • Unlimited institutional users (sub-users) with full access
  • 36 + 20 Minutes to…Trained video modules
  • The ATIXA Title IX Toolkit (TIXKit)
  • VIP Socials at ATIXA Annual Conference and other Hotel-Based Certification Events
  • Access to live webinars
  • ATIXA One Policy, Two Procedures Model Policy and Procedures for Civil Rights Equity Grievance Resolution
  • MaxStack: A Database for Title IX Case Documentation from ATIXA & Maxient*
  • Access to all Regs Rapid Response (R3) packages (Policy, Coordinator, K-12, and Hearing Officer)
  • And more!



  • For one-year per Higher Education Institution, K-12 School, or District
  • Unlimited institutional users (sub-users) with full access
  • Electronic version of The ATIXA Playbook (under revision for 2020)
  • Eight 20 Minutes to…Trained video modules
  • Access to the OCR Investigation Finding Letter Database
  • And more!



  • For one-year per Individual
  • Access to professional listserv
  • The most comprehensive Title IX library in the world
  • Five 20-Minutes-to...Trained Video Modules
  • Weekly newsletters
  • And more!