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Title IX Higher Education Decision-Maker

Gain confidence in effective and equitable decision-making

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Recommended Prior Learning: 


Achieve Sound, Unbiased Decision-Making

This course is focused on cultivating the skills and insights needed to successfully serve as a hearing officer and decision-maker for Title IX complaints. This training meets the requirements under Title IX and VAWA Section 304 to help decision-makers recognize and overcome bias and ensure equity for all parties.

For individuals serving as hearing chairs, panelists, single decision-makers, administrative hearing facilitators, and party advisors, this training will underscore decision-making skills so that decisions are sound, supportable, and less susceptible to future challenges, such as in litigation.

Topics Covered

  • Decision-Maker Mission/Role
  • Bias, Conflicts of Interest, and Recusal
  • Due Process
  • Overview of the Title IX Process
  • Understanding and Interpreting Policy
  • Preparing to Make a Decision
  • Understanding Evidence
  • Trauma-Sensitive Questioning
  • Assessing Credibility and Explaining Credibility Determinations
  • Making a Finding and Final Determination
  • Assigning Sanctions
  • Recordkeeping and Documentation

Key Takeaway

Understand the scope of your role, how to apply decision-making to policies with analytical precision, and ensure that your interpretations and determinations are reliable and accurate based on the evidence.

Secondary Course:

Please note this course has another that follows, Live Hearings for Higher Education. Upon checkout you will see the option to add this course to your registration for the full and complete course experience.

After completing this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the steps of a Title IX grievance process that precede the decision-making phase
  • Understand the role of due process in Title IX decision-making, including the role of neutral and impartial decision-makers
  • Distinguish between evidence that is relevant and permissible from evidence that is not
  • Understand and apply policy offense definitions consistent with the law
  • Develop questions for parties and witnesses that seek relevant evidence
  • Assess the credibility of parties, witnesses, and presented evidence
  • Analyze relevant evidence regarding issues of consent in sexual assault complaints
  • Understand the appeal process

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


Live, Interactive Online Training

  • $845 Member
  • $945 Non-Member

Hide Details & Schedule


  • November 8: 11:00am - 6:00pm ET 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. Please contact for questions.

Individualized discounts are as follows:
1st grouped individual - full price of registration
2-4 grouped individuals - 15% discount on registrations
5+ grouped individuals - 25% discount on registrations

If you are interested in registering a large group, exploring Super Membership, or consulting options, please contact for personalized assistance.

To obtain certification from ATIXA, you will need to sign-in to your Event Lobby each day of training and attend the whole event. It is our expectation that you are present for the entire duration of your training course. Certification will only be provided once ATIXA has verified attendance through the Event Lobby. 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.

Training & Certification Course registration fees include:
  • Attendance for each day of training or access to eTraining course for three months
  • An extensive course-specific selection of articles, customizable forms and templates, case studies, videos, and more
  • Instructional slides or transcript for eTraining
  • Access to ATIXA content experts
  • Ability to interact with faculty and attendees via course discussion and activities
  • Certification upon corresponding course completion