Title IX Investigator Training


Seton Hall University
400 S Orange Ave 
South Orange, NJ 07079

Date & Time

Start Date: 09/24/2018
Start Time: 9:00 am
End Date: 09/25/2018
End Time: 3:00 pm


Gina Maisto Smith, chair, and Leslie Gomez, vice chair, of Cozen O'Connor's Institutional Response Group will be speaking at this event at Seton Hall University. This two-day workshop will provide participants with an in-depth training including investigation protocols, forensic interviewing, managing investigative issues, and more.

Monday, September 24

  • Overview of Effective Practices
  • Key Issues to be Considered by Campus Leaders
  • Overview of Relevant Legal Authority
    • Title IX
    • The Clery Act, as amended by VAWA
    • The Intersections between Title IX and VAWA
    • State law variations

12:30 p.m. - Lunch (provided)

1:30 p.m. - The Coordinated Institutional Response

  • Centralized reporting
  • Intake and assessment
  • Evaluation of requests for anonymity
  • Interim measures
  • Multi-disciplinary team practices
    • Identifying team member roles
    • Coordination of information and personnel
    • Mapping out the institutional sequence
  • Procedural requirements for investigation and adjudications
  • Communications and documentation

Tuesday, September 25

9:00 a.m. - Dynamics of Sexual Assault, Harassment, Intimate Partner Violence & Stalking

  • Neurobiological impacts of trauma
  • Reactive coping mechanisms
  • Delay in reporting
  • Disclosure
  • Recantation
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Consent and incapacitation
  • Understanding corroboration
  • Understanding physical evidence

Investigative Protocols

  • Separating support and advocacy from investigation/adjudication
  • Informed and sensitive communications
  • Developing an investigative plan
  • Maintaining a working chronology
  • Building a timeline
  • Communications
  • Documentation of interviews
  • Gathering physical evidence

Forensic Interviewing

  • Narrative and follow up
  • Corroboration
  • Questioning techniques
  • Privacy and retaliation considerations

Report Writing Considerations

  • Format
  • Content
  • Rationale
  • Review of the report by the parties

1:00 p.m. - Evaluating Credibility

  • Word against word assessments
  • Demeanor, Interest, Detail, Corroboration, Common Sense

1:00 p.m. - Investigative issues

  • Consent
  • Alcohol/Incapacitation
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Prior sexual history
  • Pattern evidence


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Leslie M. Gomez

Vice Chair, Institutional Response Group


(215) 665-5546

Gina Maisto Smith

Chair, Institutional Response Group


(215) 665-5540

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