The Chicago School is committed to creating and maintaining a safe learning and working environment for all Community Members. Title IX, a federal civil rights law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972, helps to achieve this goal through prohibiting all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment. The law reads, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination
under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” These impactful words help to guide TCSPP's Title IX program.
TCSPP Community Members who have experienced sexual harassment including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking or who are aware of incidents experienced by other TCSPP Community Members should report the incident to the local police department immediately. Reporting sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking to the police does not commit a Complainant to further action. However, the earlier an incident is reported, the easier it will be for the police to investigate, if the Complainant decides to proceed with criminal charges.
TCSPP Community Members may make a report to the Title IX Coordinator, a Responsible Employee, local law enforcement, or a medical professional. TCSPP Community Members may also contact a professional counselor or confidential advisor. TCSPP encourages those impacted by sexual harassment to talk to someone identified in one or more of these groups.
While TCSPP Community Members are encouraged to use their own judgment regarding whom they chose to discuss reports of sexual harassment with, it is important to understand that TCSPP can only investigate and respond to incidents of sexual harassment that are reported. A Complainant who at first requests confidentiality may later decide to file a complaint with TCSPP or report the incident to local law enforcement and thus have it investigated.
To submit a report regarding a violation of the Anti-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment, and Title IX Policy, click here.
A Complainant is not required to report to law enforcement in order to receive assistance from or pursue any options within TCSPP.
The Title IX Coordinator will provide information about available support services and resources and will assist the Complainant in notifying law enforcement, including the local police, if the Complainant elects to do so.
For TCSPP's Anti-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment, and Title IX Policy, click HERE.
Title IX Office
Jennifer Stripe Portillo
Title IX Coordinator
Dr. Lauren Friedman
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Title IX Support Staff
Dr. Wendy Schiffman