TITLE IX EDUCATIONAL EQUITY
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) is a federal law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in all educational programs and activities, including athletic programs. No person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity operated by the San Gabriel Unified School District (“District”). Title IX protects all participants in the District’s educational programs and activities, including students, parents, employees, and job applicants. The District does not discriminate on the basis of sex. Discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment and sexual violence.
WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS UNDER TITLE IX?
You have the following rights under Title IX, to the extent applicable within the District:
The District has the responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to sex-based discrimination complaints, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. If the District knows, or reasonably should know, about sex discrimination, it must take action to eliminate the sex discrimination, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. The District must resolve complaints of sex discrimination promptly and equitably.
The District believes issues with discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying may be resolved at the school site. As such, students, parents, or guardians may report any act of discrimination based on sex (in any area covered by Title IX, including sexual harassment) by a student, staff member or third party directly to the school site's principal for immediate resolution at the school site.
The responsible school official will conduct a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into the complaint which will include, but is not limited to, interviewing the accuser and the accused, asking each to provide names of witnesses, interviewing potential witnesses, and gathering relevant evidence. When sex-based discrimination is reported, interim steps will be taken to stop harassment and protect the accuser from further harassment pending outcome of the investigation and/or complaint.
A student, parent or guardian is not required to attempt resolution through the school site before contacting the District Title IX Coordinator and/or filing a formal Uniform Complaint. A link to the Uniform Complaint Form is provided below and is also available on the District website. A completed Uniform Complaint may be delivered or mailed to the District Title IX Coordinator at the district office.
District Title IX Coordinator
Jim Symonds, Superintendent
408 Junipero Serra Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91776
- Uniform complaints alleging discrimination based on sex (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) must be filed no later than six months from the date the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged sexual harassment. The six-month period may be extended for up to 90 days by the Superintendent or designee for good cause upon written request by the complainant. Reasons for the extension must be included in the request for extension.
The district will undertake an effective, thorough, and objective investigation of the allegations and provide a written report within 60 days of the date the Uniform Complaint was received. The report will include a summary of the facts, a decision on the complaint, reason for the decision and corrective actions (if applicable) that have or will be taken, including remedies for the victim.
If the district determines that its policies prohibiting discrimination based on sex have been violated, disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion (for students) or dismissal (for employees) may be taken as permitted by law. Remedial actions which are designed to end the harassment, prevent its recurrence and address its effects on the harassed student will be provided to the victim. Remedial action(s) may also be required of the school site.
- The district prohibits retaliation against any participant in the complaint process including witnesses. Follow up with the student will occur to ensure any harassment has stopped and that there is no retaliation.
TITLE IX RESOURCES
District Policies – in the following areas can be found at:
Student Sexual Harassment BP 5145.7 / AR 5145.7
Staff Sexual Harassment in Employment BP 4030
Nondiscrimination Harassment BP 5145.3 / AR 5145.3
Uniform Complaint Procedure BP 1312.3 / AR 1312.3
United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
How to File a Discrimination Complaint with the OCR https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html?src=rt
OCR Complaint Forms
Know Your Rights: Title IX Prohibits Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Where You Go to School https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/title-ix-rights-201104.pdf
Know Your Rights: Sexual Violence https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/know-rights-201404-title-ix.pdf