Title IX Investigative Process
The process for reviewing and investigating a Title IX complaint is a structured process that involves many parties. The process below outlines a 60-working day timeline (or as soon as practicable), accounting for the 10-day windows that parties have to review documents upon receipt of an Allegation of Sexual Harassment.
Upon receipt of a complaint of sexual harassment or sex discrimination (which includes sexual orientation, gender identity, and pregnancy), a Title IX Site Coordinator immediately forwards the details of the complaint to the Division Title IX Coordinator. Depending on the nature of the allegation, the school or worksite may also contact law enforcement to report the allegations. In those instances, the Division Title IX Coordinator will contact law enforcement to determine the status of LCPS’s investigation as it relates to any concurrent LCPS investigation.
Division Title IX Coordinator works with the complainant and appropriate resources to provide supportive measures.
Division Title IX Coordinator completes intake/determination of Title IX process applicability within 2 working days of receipt of the complaint, or as soon as practicable, and issues notice of acceptance of a formal complaint or dismissal of the complaint under Title IX. If the Division or Deputy Title IX Coordinator initiates an investigation, an Investigator, Decision Maker, and Appeal Reviewer will be assigned.
The Investigator provides the respondent at least 3 working days to prepare a response before their initial interview with the investigator.
The Investigator conducts all investigation interviews (complainant, respondent, and any witnesses), and reviews and prepares all relevant and directly related evidence within 10 working days of acceptance of the formal complaint, or as soon as practicable.
The Investigator provides all relevant and directly-related evidence to both parties for review prior to completion of the investigation report, allowing each party 10 working days to submit a written response to the evidence. To the extent practicable, investigators may share relevant and directly related evidence with both parties throughout the investigation as it is ready for review.
The Investigator completes the investigation report within 5 working days, or as soon as practicable, following the 10-day deadline for parties to submit their written responses to evidence
The Investigator provides both parties a copy of the final investigation report and all relevant and directly related evidence prior to submitting the report to the Decision Maker, allowing each party 10 working days to submit a written response to the report
Following receipt of written responses to the report from parties (or once the 10-day deadline has passed with no response), the Investigator provides the Decision Maker with a copy of the investigation report and any written responses received.
The Decision Maker provides a decision in writing to both parties within 5 working days, or as soon as practical, following receipt of the investigation report and written responses.
The Appeal Reviewer provides an appeal decision within 5 working days, or as soon as practicable, following receipt of the appeal request from each party.