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Title IX & Gender-Based Harassment

Introduction

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.

Student Rights Pursuant To Education Code Section 221.8

How To File A Title IX Complaint

Student complaints shall be submitted in written form in accordance with Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 5145.3 – Nondiscrimination, Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying. If the complainant is unable to prepare the complaint in writing, administrative staff shall help him/her to do so. 

Complaints must be filed within six months from the date when the alleged unlawful discrimination occurred, or from the date the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying that is based on sex. 

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 written complaint by the District, unless an extension is appropriate pursuant to District policy. 

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 for 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.

Uniform Complaint Form and Procedures

The Uniform Complaint Process is used to address complaints under Title IX. A description of the District’s complaint process and instructions, timeline and flowchart, and the Uniform Complaint Form, can be found HERE.

Title IX Complaint Process

Title IX Complaint Flowchart

 

Contacts

District Title IX Coordinator

Kirsten Zazo
Assistant Superintendent, 
Educational Services

2060 Challenger Drive
Alameda, CA 94501
P: 510.337.7095
E: kzazo@alamedaunified.org
 

US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights

OCR website
Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg,
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100
Telephone: 800-421-3481
FAX: 202-453-6012
TDD: 800-877 8339
Email: OCR@ed.gov