The 5 Stages of Preparing Your Title IX Investigative Report

Last updated August 24, 2020

Course Length

2h 51m

Last Updated

August 24, 2020

The 5 Stages of Preparing Your Title IX Investigative Report

Last updated August 24, 2020

Gain confidence in your ability to organize a credible and bias-free Title IX investigative report.


The final report that you prepare as Title IX investigator is critical. Not only is it highly visible and under scrutiny by all parties, but the information contained in it should also set the hearing panel up for success and reduce the exposure of litigation. To do this, your top priority is to create a report that is free from investigator bias, accurately represents the facts you gathered from the witnesses, and is well organized. When the stakes are this high, the pressure you feel to get this done might seem overwhelming.

Join us online for this highly interactive four-hour workshop where you’ll learn and practice a five-stage process that will help you gain confidence in your ability to prepare a credible and thorough final investigative report. You will review and analyze a sample report, and your instructor will provide tips and strategies for how to:

  • Present your report in a professional way that does not build up or break down any witness testimonies
  • Depict the most comprehensive and accurate version of the story, including a thorough examination of witness corroboration and contradictions
  • Respond to missing or incomplete components of your policy

Who should attend?

This training is designed for Title IX Investigators, including Coordinators, who have the formal role of presenting the witness interviews and details of the case in the final report. Witnesses and their Advisors, as well as hearing panelists rely on your ability to document the facts accurately, fairly, and comprehensively. This training will give you the confidence to do just that.


October 8, 2020

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern

In this four-hour virtual training, our expert instructor will dive deep into the following considerations:

Part I: Relating Your Investigation to Your Report

Before you can write your final report, you must first conduct a formal investigation. We will review important principles regarding how an investigation shapes a report and vice versa, allowing you to address and, if possible, eliminate gaps in your final report. We will also explore the requirements and timelines of processing the final report under the new Title IX regulations. You will learn how to:

  • Organize evidence for ultimate reference in your report
  • Incorporate elements of your policies in your investigation and your report
  • Target the collection and analysis of both contradictory and corroborative evidence

Part II: The 5 Stages of Writing Your Final Report

We will discuss the following five stages:

  • Stage 1: Gathering the Facts
  • Stage 2: Writing the Draft Report
  • Stage 3: Internal Review
  • Stage 4: Witness Review
  • Stage 5: Writing the Final Report

To help you apply and practice the five stages, you will review and critique a sample report with your fellow attendees. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions about writing your final investigative report and what steps you must follow according to your own institutional policy.