Title IX – Sex Based Discrimination and Sex Equity in Education
Title IX is a federal law that was passed in 1972 to ensure that male and female students and employees in educational settings are treated equally and fairly. It protects against discrimination based on sex (including sexual harassment). In addition, Title IX protects transgender students and students who do not conform to sex stereotypes. State law also prohibits discrimination based on gender (sex), gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
The Charter School fully complies with Title IX. The Charter School does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs or activities it operates. the Charter School does not discriminate on the basis of sex in admission to or employment in its education programs or activities. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations may be referred to the Title IX coordinator or to the OCR.
STUDENT & EMPLOYEE TITLE IX RIGHTS
Under California 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.
(6) Locker rooms.
(7) Practice and competitive facilities.
(8) Medical and training facilities and services.
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.
FILING A COMPLAINT
a) A complaint regarding discrimination or harassment based on sex must ordinarily be filed with the U.S. Office for Civil Rights within 180 days of the last act of discrimination. If your complaint involves matters that occurred longer than this and you are requesting a waiver, you will be asked to show good cause why you did not file your complaint within the 180-day period. If you have questions about your situation, you can contact the California branch of the Office for Civil Rights at the address listed below. A complaint filed with the Charter School under our UCP alleging unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying must be initiated no later than six (6) months from the date when the alleged unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying occurred, or six (6) months from the date when the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying.
b) The U.S. Office for Civil Rights has its own policies and procedures for investigating complaints. Please review the above link for more information about this process. A complaint filed with the Charter School under our UCP or Title IX/ Harassment/ Intimidation/ Discrimination/ Bullying policy will be investigated in compliance with those policies.
c) There are a variety of ways to file your complaint. You can use the U.S. Office for Civil Rights electronic complaint form filed directly through their website; or mail, email, or send by facsimile your own letter or a completed copy of the Office for Civil Rights Discrimination Complaint Form.
– The electronic complaint form is available at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html
– You can send a completed version of this form or your own letter via email, facsimile, or regular mail to the following addresses:
San Francisco Office
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
50 United Nations Plaza
Mail Box 1200, Room 1545
San Francisco, CA 94102
To file a UCP or complaint under our Title IX/ Harassment/ Intimidation/ Discrimination/ Bullying policy directly with the Charter School, please follow procedures set forth in those policies.
COMPETITIVE ATHLETICS DISCLOSURE
All elementary and secondary schools, including charter schools, that offer “competitive athletics” must publicly make available at the end of the school year and post on its website (if it maintains one) the following information: (1) the total school enrollment, classified by gender; (2) the number of pupils enrolled at the school who participate in competitive athletics, classified by gender; and (3) the number of boys’ and girls’ teams, classified by sport and competition level. (Ed. Code § 221.9.)