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Know Your Rights

Know Your Rights
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You have the right to report the incident to your school or Francisco Gonzalez, the District's Title IX Coordinator, have your school investigate what happened, and have your complaint resolved promptly and equitably.

You have the right to report an incident of sexual harassment to local law enforcement. But a criminal investigation does not relieve your school of its duty under Title IX to respond promptly and effectively.

MPS should ensure  you are aware of your Title IX rights and any available resources, such as victim advocacy, housing assistance, academic support, counseling, disability services, health and mental health services, and legal assistance.

You have the right to be notified of the timeframes for all major stages of the investigation.

You have the right to present witnesses and evidence.

MPS must resolve your complaint based on what they think is more likely than not to have happened (this is called a preponderance-of-the-evidence standard of proof).

 You have the right to be notified in writing of the outcome of your complaint and any appeal, including any sanctions that directly relate to you.

If an investigation reveals that sexual harassment created a hostile environment, MPS must take prompt and effective steps. These steps must be reasonably calculated to end the sexual harassment, eliminate the hostile environment, prevent its recurrence, and, as appropriate, remedy its effects.

If you want to learn more about your rights, or if you believe that your school is violating federal law, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, at 800-421-3481 or ocr@ed.gov.