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Title IX: Sex-Based Harassment:
Anoka-Hennepin School District (MN) (#05115901):


OCR conducted an investigation of the Anoka-Hennepin School District to determine whether District students were subjected to peer-on-peer harassment based on not conforming to gender stereotypes, in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. OCR conducted the investigation with the U.S. Department of Justice. On March 5, 2012, the District entered into a Consent Decree in the U.S. District Court for the Minnesota District with OCR and the Department of Justice. On March 6, 2012, U.S. District Court Judge Joan N. Ericksen granted the motion to approve the Consent Decree. Pursuant to the Consent Decree, the District, has agreed to take all reasonable steps to prevent and eliminate sex-based harassment, and to respond promptly and appropriately to all reports of harassment. To that end, the District has agreed, among other things, to: (1) review and improve its policies and procedures concerning harassment to address sex-based harassment, including harassment based on gender stereotypes, by working with an Equity Consultant; (2) hire or appoint a Title IX and Equity Coordinator to ensure proper implementation of the District’s harassment policies and procedures; (3) conduct training of all District faculty, staff and students on policies and procedures for reporting and responding to harassment; (4) hire a Mental Health Consultant to assist students who are subject to harassment; (5) create an Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Task Force; (6) administer an Anti-Bullying Survey once per year; (7) identify harassment “hot spots” and assign personnel to monitor these trouble areas; (8) ensure that all of its middle and high schools have a peer leadership program addressing harassment; (9) convene annual meetings between the Superintendent and students at every middle and high school in the District; and (10) provide compliance reports to DOJ and OCR each trimester during the five year term of the Decree. OCR and the Justice Department will monitor the District’s actions in implementing the Consent Decree.   Read the Press Release download files PDF (114K)| Read the Resolution Letter download files PDF (105K) | Read the Consent Decree download files PDF (297K)


 
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