If you're a student facing a Title IX hearing at a college or university in Connecticut, many steps have to be taken to maximize the success at a hearing. Prior to the hearing itself, an investigation report will be provided by the school. It has to be responded to as effectively as possible. All necessary documentation, evidence, and information would need to be included in that investigation report, be it if it includes, say, a toxicology report, a forensic evaluation. That investigation report, once finalized, will be provided to the hearing panel, and the hearing panel will have a strong sense of the case prior to the hearing itself.
For the hearing, necessary opening statements, closing statements would have to be drafted, questions for all witnesses would have to be prepared. Expectations in terms of what to be on the lookout for at the hearing, a student would have to be mindful of. The hearing panel itself, the composition, that is would have to be considered to see if there's any bias or conflict of interest. Many steps and many considerations go into achieving a favorable outcome at a Title IX hearing.