The new regulations include:
1. a specific definition of sexual harassment;
2. specific items that must be included in the notice of a grievance process once a complaint is filed; and
3. delineated steps and considerations that must be included in any investigation.
Further, in order to maintain compliance with Title IX, schools are required to respond to a sexual harassment complaint “without deliberate indifference.” Sexual harassment is now defined as behavior on the basis of sex that is one or more of the following types of behavior:
1. A school employee conditioning provision of an aid, benefit or service upon a person’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct, a.k.a. Quid pro quo; or
2. Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person, to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the school’s educational program or activity; or
3. Sexual assault (an offense classified as a forcible or nonforcible sex offense under the uniform crime reporting system of the FBI), dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
The District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
If you believe that you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying, you should immediately contact the District’s Title IX Coordinator:
Principal, Ormondale School
200 Shawnee Pass
Portola Valley, CA 94028
(650) 851-1777 x2650
Title IX: 2020 Regulation Updates
United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Complaint Form
Contact Information: 1-800-421-3481 or email@example.com
California Department of Education’s Office for Equal Opportunity
Portola Valley School District Uniform Complaint Procedures