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About Title IX

About Title IX

Title IX is a federal civil rights law that was passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. This is public law 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.”
Student Rights Under Title IX

Student Rights Under Title IX

Federal Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), implemented at 34 C.F.R. § 106.31, subd. (a), provides that 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 academic, extracurricular, research, occupational training, or other education program or activity operated by a recipient which receives federal financial assistance.  Relevant here, Title IX requires school districts to take immediate and appropriate action to investigate when it knows or reasonably should know of a possible Title IX violation.
Title IX Coordinator

Title IX Coordinator

Teri Faught
Associate Superintendent, Education Services
Email: TitleIX@mvla.net
Phone: (650) 940-4650, x0030
Filing a Title IX Complaint with the District

Filing a Title IX Complaint with the District

Student complaints shall be submitted in written form in accordance with Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 1312.3 – Uniform Complaint Procedures.  If the complainant is unable to prepare the complaint in writing, administrative staff shall help him/her to do so.  The time for filing may be extended up to 90 days by the Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee, for good cause, upon written request by the complainant setting forth the reasons for the request for an extension of time to file a written complaint. 

The compliance officer may informally discuss with all the parties the possibility of using mediation within three days of his or her receipt of the complaint. All complaints shall be appropriately investigated in a timely manner. Within 10 business days after the compliance officer receives the complaint, the compliance officer shall begin an investigation into the complaint. The investigation shall include an opportunity for the complainant, or the complainant’s representative, or both, to present the compliance officer with any evidence, or information leading to evidence, to support the allegations in the complaint.  The District shall issue a written decision based on the evidence within 60 calendar days from receipt of the complaint by the District. 

Any complainant who is dissatisfied with the District’s final written decision may file an appeal in writing with the California Department of Education within 15 calendar days of receiving the District’s decision. 

Complaints made by or on behalf of students may also be filed with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights within 180 calendar days of the date of the alleged discrimination, unless the time for filing is extended by the Office of Civil Rights for good cause shown under certain circumstances.

Additional details about procedures for filing a complaint may be found online in the District Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 1312.3 – Uniform Complaint Procedures
Student Rights Pursuant to Education Code Section 221.8

Student Rights Pursuant to Education Code Section 221.8

 
Additional Resources

Additional Resources

Phone: 1-800-421-3481
Email: ocr@ed.gov