About Title IX Solutions, LLC
With more than 60 years of investigative and legal service experience combined with a national network of experienced, state-licensed, and trained investigators, Title IX Solutions, LLC focuses on Title IX sexual harassment and assault investigations on college campuses. Our Title IX experts and professional investigators offer training programs for Title IX coordinators and campus-based investigators, provide investigation services for college campuses, and provide sexual misconduct policy consulting for U.S. and international universities.
Department of Education guidelines regarding Title IX are detailed and require action from colleges when an incident of sexual misconduct occurs.
One such requirement: prompt and impartial investigations.
Too often Title IX investigations are left in the hands of faculty or staff members with busy schedules, minimal training, and little experience in designing an investigation plan, interviewing witnesses, gathering facts and evidence, or analyzing the information collected. Title IX Solutions, LLC was founded to directly address these issues and bring professionalism to college campus investigations.
“An equitable investigation of a Title IX complaint requires a trained investigator to analyze and document the available evidence to support reliable decisions, objectively evaluate the credibility of parties and witnesses, synthesize all available evidence—including both inculpatory and exculpatory evidence—and take into account the unique and complex circumstances of each case.”
United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (September 2017)
Professional Investigations · Innovative Solutions
Title IX Solutions, LLC is the first professional investigative service specializing exclusively in Title IX investigations on college campuses in the United States. Incidents of sexual violence on campus need prompt, thorough, and impartial investigations, and we believe that our approach will establish a ‘best practice’ standard for colleges throughout the country.
Currently, many Title IX cases are conducted by college employees follow relatively informal procedures. Yet this strategy disregards the severity of the incident and its ramifications for all parties involved.
Sexual violence can be traumatic and have a transformative effect on people’s lives. Facts developed during the investigation process become the basis of a college’s decision regarding the outcome of a Title IX case. That decision will impact the lives of the complainant (victim) and respondent (alleged assailant) for years. Now more than ever, students—both complainants and respondents—are becoming more aware of their rights under Title IX, including the right to proper due process.
In addition to the emotional, financial, and educational impacts of sexual violence on students, improper investigations can produce a domino effect for the college, including actions by the U.S. Department of Education, litigation by the complainant or respondent, student concern, alumni criticism, negative press exposure, reactions from victim support groups, or an environment that does not fulfill the institution’s mission to education and serve its students.
These investigations demand nothing less than a professional approach.
We strive to raise the bar on the quality of Title IX and sexual misconduct investigations on college campuses. To achieve this, we knew that we had to approach sexual harassment and assault on campus differently. Professional investigators trained in Title IX and your college campus’ own sexual misconduct policies and protocols is the Title IX Solution.
Every investigator on our staff is a former FBI agent or law enforcement officer with FBI training and decades of experience. This background helps them to gather facts and evidence more extensively than campus-based investigators. Furthermore, they are all trained in Title IX, the neurobiology and impacts of trauma on victims, and trauma-informed interview techniques. Our investigators design thorough and analytical investigations while still interviewing victims, respondents, and witnesses with compassion and respect.
All of our investigators are also licensed in the state in which they work. This may be critical to their credibility in potential litigation.
In every case, our goal is to ensure that the facts are gathered in a prompt, thorough, and impartial manner so that a college can better understand the alleged incident and, ultimately, provide a prompt and equitable resolution for the involved parties.
Co-founder & Managing Member
Patrick Mathis is a founding member of Title IX Solutions, LLC as well as a shareholder of Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. (MM&R), a law firm based in Southern Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri. Patrick brings over 30 years of legal experience to Title IX Solutions, LLC.
As Managing Member, Patrick brings his extensive legal experience to our clients and investigators. Having advised clients on a wide variety of legal issues, he has a developed awareness of the broad implications of incidents which may affect victims, alleged assailants, and educational institutions. With that understanding, he is able to work with colleges, Title IX Coordinators, school counsel, and our investigators to develop a comprehensive understanding and approach to addressing the issues which arise in incidents of alleged sexual assaults to ensure prompt and equitable resolutions.
Mr. Mathis also coordinates the training of our investigators regarding the legal aspects of Title IX, DOE guidelines, state law issues, and related areas.
Tom Denton is a founding member of Title IX Solutions, LLC and Tactical 97 Group, LLC. He is a retired Chief of Police and career law enforcement officer with over 31 years of public service with municipal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. In 2005, he founded Tactical Investigations, LLC and has been a licensed private detective for 14 years. Tom has extensive experience investigating child sexual assaults and Title IX violations. He has received specialized training in Forensic Child Interviewing and state-of-the-art Trauma Informed Interviewing techniques. He is a certified Title IX Investigator.
Tom was a sworn Special Federal Officer with an F.B.I. Violent Crimes Task Force in the Southern District of Illinois. He specialized in electronic surveillance and suspect interviews. Tom investigated organized criminal enterprises concentrating on large scale drug trafficking, weapons, and gang violence.
Tom is a leader in many local and national organizations. He is a Life Member of the Illinois and International Association of Chiefs of Police. He currently serves as Vice President (Central Chapter) of Associated Detectives and Security Agencies of Illinois, President of Illinois Association of Professional Process Servers, and is an active member of the National Council of Investigation and Security Services, National Association of Professional Process Servers and Association of Title IX Administrators.
Co-founder, Director of Investigations & Forensic Consultant
Adrienne started her position at Title IX Solutions in 2019. An honors graduate of Davidson College, Adrienne comes to Title IX solutions with over six years of anthropological research experience, Spanish fluency, and data analysis skills.
Adrienne worked in Washington, DC at an environmental investigation organization as a research assistant for over two years. She then received a Fulbright U.S. Student Research grant and moved to a remote region of the Ecuadorian Amazon to conduct 12-months of field research about indigenous rights and education. At the end of the research grant, Adrienne was hired as a consultant at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito-USFQ, the top university in Ecuador. Working alongside the university’s International Programs office, legal counsel, Dean of Students, and Ombudsman, Adrienne rewrote the institution’s sexual misconduct policies and protocols, which were approved in mid-2019.
Adrienne works one-on-one with college personnel to explain Title IX Solutions’ approach, services, and experience.
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