What is Title IX?
Title IX is a civil rights law that was passed by Congress in 1972 and required equality for both genders in education. It reads as follows:
“No person in the United States shall, based on sex, be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
Title IX also includes sexual and gender-based harassment and sexual violence. A key provision in new Title IX legislation is that schools must take sexual harassment seriously, while also ensuring a fair process for everyone involved.
Duval County School Board Policy 10.10 - Anti-Discrimination and Harassment states that “The School Board forbids sexual harassment, or any other form of illegal harassment, of any employee, student, volunteer or visitor. The Board will not tolerate sexual harassment, or any other form of illegal harassment by any of its employees, students, volunteers or agents. ... The prohibition against discrimination including sexual and other forms of illegal harassment shall also apply to non-employee volunteers who work subject to the control of school authorities, and to all vendors or service providers who have access to School Board facilities."
The DCPS website provides an overview of new Title IX regulations, including the related rights, responsibilities and obligations of all students, District-based and school-based personnel. You will find an introduction to Title IX provisions which will guide your understanding of the new broader focus of Title IX with respect to discrimination based on sex, including sexual harassment. In addition to policy updates, this site will explain the duties owed to alleged complainants (i.e., victims) and respondents (i.e., perpetrators), as well as outline the District's Title IX grievance process and procedures for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging sexual harassment.
For more information about Title IX, you can visit the DCPS website by clicking here.
TLAE Title IX Coordinator
Twin Lakes Academy Elementary
Phone: (904) 538-0238