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Title IX

About Title IX

As provided under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, no person in the U.S. 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. 

Students in the Cleveland School District are protected from sexual discrimination, including sexual harassment, by Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 to the Civil Rights Act.  It is the intent of the Board to maintain an environment free from sexual harassment of any kind.  Therefore, unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature amounting to or constituting harassment are prohibited.  

For more information, please see Cleveland School District Board Policy:  JB   Students Complaints of Sexual Discrimination / Harassment -- Title IX

Link to Policy

Reporting Harassment/Discrimination

Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. Such a report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number or electronic mail address, or by mail to the office address, listed for the Title IX Coordinator.  Please Note: Reports are not reviewed after hours, on weekends, or during school holidays or breaks.

Next Steps

After a report of sexual harassment has been made, the school and/or Title IX Coordinator will reach out to the individual affected by the alleged misconduct, provide supportive measures, discuss the grievance policy, and offer the opportunity for the complainant to file a formal complaint if the behavior meets the Title IX definition of sexual harassment.  If a formal complaint is filed, appropriate steps will be taken to investigate. Upon completing the investigation, the outcome will be shared with all relevant stakeholders.

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Title IX Coordinator Contact Information

Dr. Teressa Fulgham McCarty, Deputy Superintendent 

Address:  305 Merritt Drive, Cleveland, MS 38732

Phone:  662.843.3529

Fax:  662.579.3090