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Title IX Policies and Procedures

Title IX Policies and Procedures

Todd County School District is committed to providing a working and learning environment that is free from discrimination based on sex and/or gender, sexual harassment, and/or sexual violence. It is the policy of the District that this discrimination, harassment, and/or violence will not be tolerated.

 

Students, parents, and staff are encouraged to work together to prevent discrimination based on sex and/or gender, sexual harassment, and/or sexual violence and to report promptly any conduct that could constitute a violation of this policy. The District is committed to conducting prompt investigations of any allegations of discrimination, harassment, and/or sexual violence.

Title IX Regulation - What It Is

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that states; "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." Under Title IX, schools are legally required to respond and remedy hostile educational environments.

 

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces, among other statutes, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that: 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.

 

Although Title IX is best known for breaking down barriers in sports for women and girls, Title IX also addresses sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender-based discrimination. Title IX requires schools to take prompt action upon receiving notice of a sexual assault or sexual harassment. A school based investigation is required, independent of law enforcement investigations. Title IX states that schools should establish standard procedures for handling complaints of sex-based discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence. Any person may file a Title IX complaint with the Title IX Coordinator or the Office for Civil Rights.

Title IX Jurisdiction - Standards and Limits

For a Title IX Inquiry or Investigation to apply - the incident must have occurred in an Educational Program or Activity and the District must have substantial control over both the respondent and the context in which the harassment occurred.

 

In addition, the unwelcome sexual harassment must also be considered severe, pervasive AND objectionably offensive or a single act of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking as defined by the Clery Act.

Grievance Procedures

There are two options regarding Title IX inquiries. If a grievance, or a complaint, qualifies as a Title IX issue, the school or district may conduct an Informal Resolution or a Formal Investigation.

The complainant may request to dismiss their complaint at any time; however, the final dismissal decision lies with the Title IX Coordinator.

 

Jennifer Pope

Todd County Schools Title IX Coordinator

205 Airport Road

Elkton, Kentucky  42220

270-265-2436

jennifer.pope@todd.kyschools.us 

Additional Resources

To review website Title IX information provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services please review their website at https://www.hhs.gov/  

 

To review website Title IX information provided by the Special Ed Connection please review their website at https://www.specialedconnection.com

 

To review website Title IX information provided by Know Your IX please review their website at https://www.knowyourix.org/

 

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