Anti-harassment / Discrimination Title IX

August 6, 2018 

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Dear Students, Parents, Administrators, and Staff:
 As we enter the 2018-2019 school year, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to School City of Hammond’s Title IX Coordinator  Mrs. Linda Fullilove (Administrator for Student Support Services and Athletics).  It is also imperative to remind the School City of Hammond’s community of the School City of Hammond’s commitment to provide an environment free from sexual harassment and sex discrimination. 
 Prohibition Against Sexual Harassment 
In accordance with applicable laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Indiana Civil Rights Law, School City of Hammond does not tolerate sexual harassment in its schools. Sexual harassment includes sexual violence, inappropriate sex-based cyber communications, and other inappropriate comments and interactions based on sex, such as but not limited to  sexual advances, sexual gestures, requests for sexual favors, or other oral or physical conduct of a sexual nature that limits or denies, on the basis of sex, a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from education programs or an employee’s ability to participate, advance, or benefit from any programs or positions for which the employee is qualified. 
 School City of Hammond prohibits sexual harassment by an employee or agent of School City of Hammond, by another student, and by third parties who come in contact with students at school or at school-related activities. 
 Title IX Coordinators 
School City of Hammond’s Title IX Coordinator,  responsible for SCH’s compliance with Title IX and direct the investigation of complaints, Mrs. Linda Fullilove, 41 Williams Street, Hammond, IN 46320; 219-933-2400 ext. 1048.  
 Making a Complaint 
Parents, staff, and students are encouraged to submit a complaint or provide information about suspected harassment or discrimination so that School City of Hammond may conduct a prompt investigation. All School City of Hammond employees are required to report such complaints and concerns about suspected harassment or discrimination. Complaints may be made orally or in writing to a building administrator, guidance counselor, or directly to the Title IX Coordinator. A complaint should be made as soon as possible after the complained-of incident, preferably within 30 calendar days after the conduct occurs. However, School City of Hammond accepts complaints after the 30-day filing period. The right of a person to a prompt and equitable resolution of the complaint shall not be impaired by the person’s pursuit of other remedies such as filing of a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commi
ssion, Indiana Civil Rights Commission, or the filing of a concurrent criminal complaint. 

Use of the complaint procedures is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies. Furthermore, the complaint must be investigated even if a separate investigation is being conducted by another agency, including but not limited to the local police department. 
 Investigation and Corrective Action 
The Title IX Coordinator or designee will promptly investigate, or direct the investigation of, complaints of sex discrimination or harassment. The investigation will be completed in a timely manner. If the discrimination or harassment is between students, a school based administrator may serve as the Title IX Coordinator’s designee. Depending on the nature and complexity of the issues, it should generally take no more than 15 business days. 
 After the investigation, the Title IX Coordinator will report the result to the Superintendent, including, where appropriate, making a recommendation for reasonable, timely, age-appropriate, and effective corrective action. The Superintendent may impose discipline up to and including a recommendation for employee suspension or termination or student suspension or expulsion. The Title IX Coordinator will advise the complainant and the person accused of misconduct, in writing, whether or not the allegations were found to be  substantiated within 5 days after receiving notice of the Superintendent’s decision. 
 A Complainant or respondent who is dissatisfied with the decision of the Title IX Coordinator may appeal through a signed written request to the Board of Trustees within five (5) business days of his/her receipt of the Superintendent’s final decision. The Board shall meet with the concerned parties and their representatives within twenty (20) business days of the receipt of a written request to appeal. A copy of the Board’s disposition of the appeal shall be sent to each concerned party within ten (10) business days of this meeting. The decision of the Board will be final.

Prohibition Against Retaliation 

School City of Hammond prohibits any individual from retaliating against individuals who report suspected sexual harassment or discrimination. Individuals found to have engaged in retaliation shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment or expulsion from school for a student. 
 If you have any questions about this statement, please contact Title IX Coordinator Mr. Kristopher A. Rivera or Mrs. Linda Fullilove. Have a great school year! 
Dr. Walter J. Watkins 

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 Code of Conduct
Title IX Coordinator

Mrs. Linda Fullilove
41 Williams Street
Hammond, Indiana 46320
219-933-2400, Ext. 1048

Complaint forms

Code of Conduct: Bullying and Harassment Provisions