If you're a student at a college or university in Washington, you're facing a Title IX hearing, it's important to take necessary steps as early as possible prior to the hearing itself. At a point in time during the course of the Title IX case, your school prepare an investigation report. Prior to it being finalized, it's critical that it be responded to as strongly and as effectively as possible or relevant documentation, information, and evidence needs to be incorporated into the final report.
The reason the report needs to be as strong as possible is because once finalized, it's presented to the hearing panel. The hearing panel would review the report in advance of the hearing and would have a strong sense of the case before the hearing even takes place. At the hearing itself, attacking the witness's credibility would be key, the accuser's credibility that is and the accuser's witnesses, so questions would have to be prepared. With that in mind, the accused opening and closing statement would have to be prepared. An accused and the accused witnesses would have to be reviewed as to potential pitfalls and missteps that could take place during the hearing process so that those could be avoided. A hearing panel itself would have to be considered for potential conflict and bias. An experienced attorney-adviser can help throughout the Title IX process and especially during a Title IX hearing.