If you're a student at a college or university of Montana and you're facing a Title IX hearing, it's necessary to take critical steps well in advance of the hearing. Prior to the hearing the school prepare an investigation report. That investigation report needs to be responded to as strongly and as effectively as possible prior to it being finalized. It will have to include all necessary documentation, information and evidence. For example, text messages, witness statements, social media posts, pictures, videos, a polygraph examination, a forensic evaluation, a toxicology report.
Once finalized, it goes to the hearing panel and is reviewed in advance of the hearing so the panel has a strong sense of the case before the hearing even takes place. Attacking the accuser's credibility is often key throughout the process, including at the hearing. Questions would have to be prepared for all parties. An opening and closing statement would need to be prepared. A party would need to be prepared for all potential pitfalls and missteps that could take place during a hearing. The hearing panel itself would have to be considered for any potential bias or conflict of interest. Many steps have to be taken both in advance and at the hearing to ensure a fair and favorable outcome. A attorney advisor can help maximize the chance of success.