Rationale Writing Workshop for Decision-Makers and Investigators

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

In-Person Training

Live, In-Person Training

  • $349 Member
  • $399 Non-Member

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Schedule:

  • January 24: 8:30am - 12:30pm ET Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista - Disney Springs Register

Details:

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

Group discounts are provided on a sliding scale based on group size and applicable on registrations for the same training or event. Discounts will be applied at checkout starting for groups of 2-4 attendees and increasing for groups of 5 or more attendees. Please contact events@atixa.org with questions.

Virtual
Instructor-Led

Live, Interactive Online Training

  • $349 Member
  • $399 Non-Member

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Schedule:

Details:

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

Group discounts are provided on a sliding scale based on group size and applicable on registrations for the same training or event. Discounts will be applied at checkout starting for groups of 2-4 attendees and increasing for groups of 5 or more attendees. Please contact events@atixa.org with questions.