The Secretariat of the Public Service (SFP) determined the dismissal and disqualification of a professor from the Center for Scientific and Technological Studies (CECYT) No. 6 «Miguel Othón de Mendizábal», of the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), for sexually assaulting a student.
In 2019, the victim reported the teacher for sexually attacking her on campus.
According to the SFP, the complaint was addressed from the outing of the moment by the Internal Control Body (IPO) in the IPN guaranteeing at all times the rights of the complainant and the accused.
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After conducting the corresponding investigations, collecting the statements of the victim and other students of the campus, and drawing up a psychological opinion, the guilt of the teacher was determined, who in addition to being administratively sanctioned is detained since he was criminally reported.
In a statement, the SFP highlighted that this is the first time that the IUC in the IPN sanctions sexual assault «for going against the values and principles established by the Code of Ethics of Public Persons of the Federal Government, which sets a precedent for such cases».
The SFP was responsible for deciding the dismissal and disqualification of the teacher (which is the maximum administrative sanction) because the teacher was attached to the IPN and therefore occupied the public server figure.
The unit explained that the application of the administrative sanction in this case was thanks to the reform that was made to the Code of Ethics of the Federal Government, which prohibits sexual harassment, sexual harassment and any conduct that involves a violation of human rights.
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It also stresses that last February the Protocol for the Prevention, Care and Sanction of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Harassment came into force, which establishes investigative and sanctioning procedures that enable effective accompaniment for victims and access to justice.
«Sexual harassment and harassment are unacceptable in the Federal Public Administration (…) more sensitive and accessible channels are now being offered to denounce and, above all, concrete action and strong sanctions are taken so that there is no impunity,» the statement reads.
In March, as soon as the pandemic began, students from various IPN campuses held protests against gender-based violence.
Even at his last protest, which took place at the IPN facility in Zacatenco, at least 18 students (16 women and 2 hombes) were arrested by elements of the Banking and Industrial Police (PBI) and transferred to the Attorney General’s Office in Mexico City. However, hours later the young women were released.
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