In Title IX cases, students can submit themselves to an interview. This interview allows them to present facts that support a charge or defense and correct misunderstandings and misstatements that have taken place in the case. The student that can give a compelling interview has a good chance of winning their case. If you are involved in a Title IX case, you need a Title IX defense lawyer to serve as your advisor. Also, your attorney will help you prepare for an interview by a disciplinary panel. When preparing for this interview, here are things you should keep in mind:
Know Your Truth
As a party involved in a Title IX incident, you know what occurred since you were there. Remember to stick with the truth no matter how many times the story can be retold. Lies are not easy to remember.
Your attorney can help you get organized for your panel interview. It’s important to have a timeline of events ready. Also, you need to assemble important evidence and prepare the names of witnesses before your interview.
While some students may be able to answer questions even under pressure, others may need practice. Without practice, you may garble words, freeze during questioning, or forget facts, particularly when a trained investigator is the one asking questions. To fight such nerves, you and your attorney can perform mock interviews, so you can face the interviewer professionally.
Listen, Think, and Answer
During the interview, you must listen to the questions carefully and offer responses. Non-responsive answers can make you look like they are hiding something. So, you must listen, think, and give a response to each question. And remember that rambling will result in the investigator asking more questions.
In sexual misconduct cases, you can talk about sex details freely. Title IX investigators have heard it all. Thus, you can always talk straight and use the right words that describe what occurred. But try to be as professional as possible when you describe body parts. For instance, you should use the word breasts, not boobs.
Don’t Exaggerate the Truth
As you try to make a point, you may end up exaggerating the truth during the interview. For instance, you may say the case will forever ruin your social life only to be photographed in a club a few days following the sexual misconduct event. Your disciplinary interview will only be effective when you make exact responses.