Conduct a Fair & Impartial Process through Non-biased Investigative Questioning & Evidence Collection
The focus is more concentrated than ever on Title IX investigation and adjudication processes. You must have investigators and adjudicators who are unique individuals that exercise independence in their roles. Though the roles are now cleanly distinct, there is an equivalent expectation for both investigators and adjudicators regarding skill set. Both must be able to ask questions designed to obtain relevant information to the case in order to fulfill the burden on institutions to gather all evidence — and there must be a focus on doing this work in an unbiased way. Documentation is critical for what questions are asked and, in the adjudicator’s case, which are not asked and why. Have your staff members been trained appropriately?
Our expert presenter sets a foundation of the regulatory requirements, including definitions that will guide the work of your investigators and adjudicators.
You’ll be able to craft compliant training for your investigators and decision-makers so you can ensure that your process from investigation to hearing meets all requirements.
We offer crucial, actionable takeaways that will help you:
- Understand what changes you need to incorporate into your processes and procedures so that you have a good foundation from which to guide others — determine new definitions, particularly the sexual harassment definition, and other terms that will dictate jurisdiction over cases and your process from investigation to hearing.
- Explore questioning methodologies/strategies designed to obtain the maximum amount of information in an unbiased way, including open ended questioning, sensory-based questions, and conversational interview structure, among others, with an emphasis on unbiased and non-accusatory proceedings — discuss documentation of questions and responses at all stages of the investigation and hearing process and know which questionable techniques to avoid.
- Differentiate between "preponderance" and "clear and convincing" to enable you to train those who implement/work with the policies — select your standard of evidence accordingly and train from there.
- Define other relevant terms and concepts that you will need to incorporate into your investigation and adjudication processes and procedures — particular focus should be placed upon relevancy and concepts of anti-bias, as well as how to appropriately document the investigation and adjudication processes.
Amber L. Grove is the Director of Title IX and Clery Compliance at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and has served in that role since January 2016. Amber has conducted or exhibited oversight over Title IX investigations and adjudications involving faculty, staff, and students at multiple institutions. She is licensed to practice law in both Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
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- Materials for your team (handouts, discussion questions, etc.)
- Certificate of completion for each participant
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