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Applying Policy in Investigations & Determinations Workshop

Apply Appropriate Subjective and Objective Analytical Frames for Policy Interpretation When Serving as Investigator or Decision-Maker

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Recommended Prior Learning: 

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

Course Coming Summer 2024

Deconstruct Policy Provisions and Language into Component Elements

Title IX team members must deeply understand the Title IX policy-based offense definitions of their district, school, or institution. This includes complex legal constructs and terms of art. Deconstructing an offense definition into its component elements (parsing) is critical to effectively serving as an investigator or decision-maker, roles that must understand the process of converting policies into models of proof.

Participants will practice breaking down policy language into critical elements and using those elements to guide their analysis. ATIXA’s expert faculty members will demonstrate how to use policy deconstruction tools to provide clear insights into the tasks required during each phase of the formal grievance process.

Participants can practice using policy interpretation tools for case studies covering investigations and decision-making in large-group, small-group, and individual settings.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Policy Deconstruction and Strategies
  • Overlapping Offense Definitions
  • Deploying Models of Proof Based on Policy Elements in the Investigation
  • Question-Asking and Evidence Gathering
  • Assembling the Investigation Report
  • Developing Decision-Maker Instructions
  • Policy Elements in Decision-Making
  • Developing Factual Findings
  • Broad and Narrow Policies
  • Making Determinations
  • Determining Sanctions
  • Skill Development and Practice

Key Takeaway

Design questions that elicit evidence specific to policy elements, analyze admissible evidence, and apply the relevant evidence to applicable policy elements to make a determination and write a defensible rationale.


After completing this workshop, participants will…

  • Identify the elements of a policy definition
  • Analyze relevant and permissible evidence as applied to the identified policy definition elements
  • Correctly apply subjective and objective analytical frames for policy interpretation where appropriate
  • Design questions to elicit evidence specific to identified policy elements
  • Apply relevant and permissible evidence to policy elements for purposes of making a determination and writing a rationale

Who Should Attend?

  • Title IX Coordinators
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinators
  • Title IX or Civil Rights Investigators
  • Decision-makers
  • Hearing Chairpersons
  • Appeal Decision-makers
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Student Conduct Professionals
  • Legal Counsel
  • Compliance and Risk Management Professionals (Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, ADA/Section 504, AA, EEO, Clery)
  • Student Affair 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.

There are currently no scheduled events for this certification, please contact to inquire about future availability or to bring an ATIXA trainer to your school or campus for an individualized training on this topic.