Title IX Hearing Officer and Decision-Maker

This training focuses on the foundational skills decision-makers depend on to confidently run Title IX hearings.

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Explore the neutral and impartial role of decision-maker.

Title IX Hearing Officer and Decision-Maker is a two-day course focused on the skills needed to serve as an effective hearing decision-maker by ensuring the parties’ rights are upheld and the hearing process is equitable. Training is necessary to help decision-makers recognize and overcome bias, to understand the scope of their role, to apply policy with analytical precision, and to be sure that their determination is reliably based on the evidence. Both VAWA Section 304 and the 2020 Title IX Regulations require training for decision-makers, and this course meets the training requirements under both laws and is appropriate for individuals who will serve as hearing chairs, panelists, single decision-makers, administrative hearing facilitators, and party advisors, as well as appeal decision-makers.

Please note, this course is focused on Higher Education and will not include K-12 specific content. To attend ATIXA’s K-12 Decision-Maker course, click HERE.

This level of training is good for your school, good for the parties, and good for the integrity of the process. The principals behind ATIXA have been training hearing decision-makers for more than 20 years, and now your decision-makers, chairs, hearing facilitators, and party advisors can benefit from their expansive expertise in an interactive ATIXA certification training environment where practical skills, including case studies and questioning exercises, are the primary focus.

“Nobody trains a jury, so why does a hearing panel need training?” The analogy to a jury is only partially correct. College and school hearing panels have a fact-finding role, like juries, but also an investigative responsibility that juries do not have. That added responsibility enhances the training needed to perform the role well. And, of course, decision-makers must be trained per VAWA Section 304. If Congress thought training was necessary, it must have realized that the jury analogy is imperfect. Or perhaps Congress recognized that the premise is wrong…juries are trained. One of the primary functions of the lawyers, judges, expert witnesses, and jury instructions is to provide guidance to the jury on how it should analyze a case. That’s training, it just happens on the job, in the courtroom. ATIXA’s approach provides the key skills decision-makers need to serve this role proficiently in a college hearing environment.

After completing this course, participants will be able to…

  • Identify the steps of a Title IX grievance process that occur leading up to and prior to a hearing
  • Understand the role of due process in Title IX hearings, including the role of neutral and impartial decision-makers
  • Distinguish between relevant and directly related evidence
  • Develop questions for parties and witnesses that seek relevant evidence
  • Assess the credibility of presented evidence
  • Analyze relevant evidence regarding issues of consent in sexual misconduct cases

Who Should Attend?

  • Title IX Coordinators
  • Deputy Coordinators
  • Title IX or Civil Rights Investigators
  • Decision-makers
  • Hearing/Process Advisors
  • Attorneys Serving as Advisors
  • Hearing Facilitators
  • Hearing Chairs
  • Appeals Decision-makers
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Student Conduct Professionals
  • Legal Counselor
  • Law Enforcement/Campus Safety
  • Compliance and Risk Management Professionals (Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, ADA/Section 504, AA, EEO, Clery)
  • Victim Advocates
  • Academic Affairs Administrators & Deans

In-Person Training

Live, In-Person Training

  • $1,599 Member
  • $1,699 Non-Member

Hide Details & Schedule


  • October 17-18: 8:30am - 4:30pm ET Orlando, FL Register


*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.

The training allows participants to substantively explore application of policies on sexual harassment, sexual assault (including incapacity), domestic/dating violence, and stalking, using case studies not offered in any other ATIXA training.

To obtain certification from ATIXA, you will need to attend the whole event. It is our expectation that you are present for the entire duration of your training course.

Please allow 7-10 days following the completion of the course and then log in on our website and visit the My ATIXA page to access the Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) program system. Please follow the instructions on the webpage to obtain your certification. Our CCC program allows those certified by ATIXA to track, maintain, and extend their professional development through our programs.

PLEASE NOTE: Certification refers to attendance at a qualifying event; TNG cannot speak to individual attendees’ knowledge, expertise, or command of the material.