Effective Questioning Techniques For Title IX Hearings
Challenge - Effective questioning in Title IX hearings
This webinar will assist Title IX Coordinators, decision-makers (hearing officers), and other members of the Title IX team in understanding how to ask good questions in Title IX cases. It will also assist the advisors for the parties in determining how to highlight their parties’ perspectives for the decision-makers through strategic questioning of the parties and witnesses.
Asking effective questions at a Title IX hearing helps the decision-maker come to a better decision.
In Title IX hearings held under the August 2020 regulations, both the decision-makers (hearing officer/hearing panel) and the advisors may ask the parties and witnesses questions. However, the purpose of those questions differs depending on the role of the person asking the questions. The decision-makers are charged with reviewing relevant evidence and deciding whether the institution’s policies were violated. At the same time, the advisors must view the case through the lens of the party they advise to help tell their party’s story so that the decision-makers can better understand it.
While the regulations style this form of questioning as “cross-examination,” at least when done by party advisors, the questioning tends to look very different from cross-examination in a formal courtroom setting. Close-ended questions may help pin down parties and witnesses on facts, but open-ended questioning offers a different opportunity for the decision-makers to evaluate credibility. Choosing the proper techniques to use in a given situation requires being thoughtful about the goal of the questioning and what it will help the decision-makers determine when they conduct their analysis.
We’ll talk about the theories behind conducting a successful line of questioning and consider a sample case from the perspective of the hearing officer, the Complainant’s advisor, and the Respondent’s advisor to show how different questions will help the hearing officer reach a reasonable determination.
- Understand hearing objectives for decision-makers versus advisors
- Review the relevancy standard in the regulations
- Discuss different types of questioning styles and when each is appropriate
- Abide by decorum standards while asking difficult questions
- Strategize regarding questioning goals, and evolve that strategy based on a witness’s response
- Human Resources
- Student Services/Affairs
- Title IX Office
- Civil Rights Office
- Any educator interested in learning more about asking good questions in Title IX hearings
Decision-makers ask questions to get to the truth. Advisors ask questions to make a point. Both roles are helpful in reaching the best determination.
Melissa Carleton advises higher education entities in a variety of areas, including student affairs, student conduct, disability accommodations, student confidentiality, policies, contracts, governance, accreditation, and employment matters. Melissa takes a practical and proactive approach to legal issues. She particularly enjoys working on collaborative matters between educational entities.
Melissa has a great deal of experience in guiding the institutional response to allegations of sexual abuse. She regularly works with colleges, universities, career-technical schools, K-12 school districts, and private elementary and secondary schools to comply with Title IX and, where applicable, the Clery Act, as well as implementing guidance and regulations. Melissa is available to conduct impartial investigations, as well as to provide reviews of policies, procedures, and case files from a neutral perspective. Melissa trains administrators, staff members, and other investigators using real-world examples to help learn how to navigate the trickiest situations with regard to sexual misconduct.
Bio current as of July 2022.
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