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CPS Launches the Office of Student Protections and Title IX

New 20-Member Team Developed to Support Children Involved in Abuse.

Video Update:
English: https://youtu.be/Ook_SpU8iJk
Spanish: https://youtu.be/clFxMddHPxc

Chicago Public Schools will launch an Office of Student Protections and Title IX, an
unprecedented long-term commitment to ensure learning environments are free from sexual violence, harassment and discrimination. The 20-member team, which will be formed this summer and report to the CEO, will have a mandate to advocate for students and coordinate the district’s response to any allegation of abuse and was developed with Maggie Hickey, the former federal prosecutor and state inspector general
overseeing a top-to-bottom review of the district’s policies and practices.

To ensure students are fully supported by the district, the Office of Student Protections and Title IX will be responsible for referring allegations of adult-on-student abuse to the Office of the Inspector General for investigation, overseeing investigations into allegations of student-on-student abuse, ensuring students are paired with an advocate immediately following an allegation, and providing students with resources for receiving long-term support.

The launch of the Office of Student Protections and Title IX builds on the commitments made in the district’s comprehensive Plan of Action to better prevent and address sexual abuse. In addition to those steps, the district has also recently committed to re-checking the backgrounds of all adults who work in schools and launched a partnership with the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center to better train staff and support student victims.

Plan of Action to Protect Chicago’s Children
Nothing is more important to Chicago Public Schools than the safety and wellbeing of our students, and to ensure CPS is doing everything possible to prevent abuse, the district has developed a comprehensive Plan of Action to protect Chicago’s children.
As CPS works to execute its Plan of Action, the district will be keeping parents updated on a regular basis through a new web page at CPS.edu/ProtectingStudents. Most importantly, if you suspect abuse, please report it immediately to the Illinois Department of Children and
Family Services at 800-25-ABUSE.