Title IX Information

Signed into law by Governor Brown in 2016, SB 1375 (Chapter 655, Statutes of 2016) applies to all public schools, private schools that receive federal funds and are subject to the requirements of Title IX, school districts, county offices of education and charter schools.

District’s Title IX Coordinator

Jeff Youskievicz, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
Silver Valley Unified School District
P.O. Box 847
Yermo, CA 92398
(909) 254-2916 ext. 1157
jyouskievicz@svusdk12.net

The Board of Trustees desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district's academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities. The Board prohibits, at any district school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student's actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Summary of Student Rights (Education Code Section 221.61)

(a) On or before July 1, 2017, public schools, private schools that receive federal funds and are subject to the requirements of Title IX, school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools shall post in a prominent and conspicuous location on their Internet Web sites all of the following:

(1) The name and contact information of the Title IX coordinator for that public school, private school, school district, county office of education, or charter school, which shall include the Title IX coordinator’s phone number and email address.

(2) The rights of a pupil and the public and the responsibilities of the public school, private school, school district, county office of education, or charter school under Title IX, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, Internet Web links to information about those rights and responsibilities located on the Internet Web sites of the department’s Office for Equal Opportunity and the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, and the list of rights specified in Section 221.8.

(3) A description of how to file a complaint under Title IX, which shall include all of the following:

(A) An explanation of the statute of limitations within which a complaint must be filed after an alleged incident of discrimination has occurred, and how a complaint may be filed beyond the statute of limitations.
(B) An explanation of how the complaint will be investigated and how the complainant may further pursue the complaint, including, but not limited to, Internet Web links to this information on the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights’ Internet Web site.
(C) An Internet Web link to the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights complaints form, and the contact information for the office, which shall include the phone number and email address for the office.

(b) On or before April 1, 2017, and annually thereafter, the Superintendent shall send a letter through electronic means to all public schools, private schools that receive federal funds and are subject to the requirements of Title IX, school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools informing them of the requirement specified in subdivision (a) and of their responsibilities under Title IX.

(c) A public school that does not maintain an Internet Web site may comply with subdivision (a) by posting the information specified in paragraphs (1) to (3), inclusive, of subdivision (a) on the Internet Web site of its school district or county office of education. 

(d) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require a school or local educational agency to establish an Internet Web site if the school or local educational agency does not already maintain one. 

Summary of Student Rights (Education Code Section 221.8)

a.)  You have the right to fair and equitable treatment and you shall not be discriminated against based on your sex.
b.)  You have the right to be provided with an equitable opportunity to participate in all academic extracurricular activities, including athletics.
c.)  You have the right to inquire of the athletic director of your school as to the athletic opportunities offered by the school.
d.)  You have the right to apply for athletic scholarships.
e.)  You have the right to receive equitable treatment and benefits in the provision of all of the following:
1.)  Equipment and supplies
2.)  Scheduling of games and practices
3.)  Transportation and daily allowances.
4.)  Access to tutoring
5.)  Coaching
6.)  Locker rooms
7.)  Practice and competitive facilities
8.)  Medical and training facilities and services
9.)  Publicity
f.)  You have the right to have access to a gender equity coordinator to answer questions regarding gender equity laws.
g.)  You have the right to contact the State Department of Education and the California Interscholastic Federation to access information on gender equity laws.
h.)  You have the right to file a confidential discrimination complaint with the United States Office of Civil Rights or the State Department of Education if you believe you have been discriminated against or if you believe you have received unequal treatment on the basis of your sex.
i.)  You have the right to pursue civil remedies if you have been discriminated against.
j.)  You have the right to be protected against retaliation if you file a discrimination complaint.

For more information regarding student rights under Title IX, please visit:

The School’s Responsibility
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in programs and activities of federally funded institutions. School district programs and activities must be operated free from discrimination. Key areas addressed by Title IX include: athletics; sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual violence; pregnant and parenting students; off-campus activities; recruitment and admission; and employment. Schools must protect against discrimination in these areas. Schools must also prohibit retaliation against any person for opposing an unlawful practice or policy, or filing, testifying about, or participating in any complaint under Title IX.

How to File a Title IX Complaint
Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against in violation of Title IX may file a complaint with the District or the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). If a crime is involved, such as sexual assault, individuals may also file a report with the local police department. A person may pursue one or all of these avenues at the same time. Below is a summary of each process.

District Complaint 
The district shall protect all complainants from retaliation. In investigating complaints, the confidentiality of the parties involved shall be protected as required by law. As appropriate for any complaint alleging retaliation or unlawful discrimination (such as discriminatory harassment, intimidation, or bullying), the Superintendent or designee shall keep confidential the identity of the complainant and/or the subject of the complaint, if he/she is different from the complainant, as long as the integrity of the Complaint process is maintained. 

A complaint alleging unlawful discrimination, (such as discriminatory harassment, intimidation, or bullying), may be filed only by a person who alleges that he/she personally suffered the unlawful discrimination or by a person who believes that an individual or any specific class of individuals has been subjected to it. The complaint shall be initiated no later than six months from the date when the alleged discrimination occurred, or six months from the date when the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged discrimination. The time for filing may be extended for up to 90 days by the Superintendent or designee for good cause upon written request by the complainant setting forth the reasons for the extension.

Board Policy 1312.3 – Uniform Complaint Procedures

Administrative Regulation 1312.3 – Uniform Complaint Procedures



 

OCR Complaint
For information regarding filing a complaint with OCR, please see
https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html

OCR provides an online complaint filing system at https://ocrcas.ed.gov/

OCR can also be contacted through the California regional office at:

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
50 United Nations Plaza
Mail Box 1200, Room 1545
San Francisco, CA 94102
Telephone: (415) 486-5555
Email: ocr.sanfrancisco@ed.gov

Time Requirement:
OCR requires that the complaint be filed within 180 calendar days of the discrimination. Please contact OCR, or visit the websites above, if you have any questions or concerns about this time requirement.

Investigation Procedure:
For information regarding OCR’s investigation process, please see
https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaints-how.html

Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2017 West Corporation. All rights reserved.