Title IX is a federal law that was passed in 1972 to ensure that male and female students and employees in the educational settings are treated equally and fairly. It protects against discrimination based on sex including sexual harassment, as well as protects transgender students and students who do not conform to sex stereotypes. State law also prohibits discrimination based on gender, gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation (California Department of Education, 2017). “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.” (California Department of Education, 2017).
San Jacinto Unified School District receives federal funds, therefore SJUSD is subject to the requirements of Title IX information as outlined in California Education Code 221.6.
Your rights as a student include:
How do you report a Title IX complaint?
Acts of verbal, non verbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility that are based on sex, gender identity, or gender expression, regardless of whether they are sexual in nature, where the act has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact on the student’s academic performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment are prohibited under state and federal law.
If you are a student, parent/guardian, or interested third party (a complainant filing on behalf of or pertaining to another person is responsible for securing any necessary written consent for that individual, including when a parent/guardian files for a student over the age of 18.) and you want to report an instance of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying, a complaint must be filed no later than 6 months from the date that the incident occurred or the date you first had knowledge that the incident occurred. It is recommended that you make a copy of the complaint for your records (www.cde.ca.gov).
SJUSD BP/AR 5145.3 and 5145.7 outline the process for initiating and responding to complaints based on Title IX rights. Any student who feels that they have been subjected to unlawful discrimination described above or in district policy is strongly encouraged to immediately report the incident to the Athletic Director (see below).
A report can also be told to any other staff member. We strongly urge any student who observes any such incident to report the incident to the principal, whether or not the alleged victim files a complaint.
Any school employee who observes an incident of unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, retaliation, or bullying or to whom such an incident is reported shall report immediately to the compliance office or principal within one school day, whether or not the alleged victim files a complaint.
Any school employee who witnesses an incident of unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, retaliation, or bully, shall immediately intervene to stop the incident when it is safe to do so (Ed. Code 234.1). If you feel that the school was not able to resolve your complaint, please contact Dr. Karen Kirschinger (see below).
Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP)
When any report of unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, retaliation, or bullying, is submitted to or received by the principal or compliance officer, he/she shall inform the student or parent/guardian of the right to file a formal complaint pursuant to the provisions in AR/BP 1312.3 Uniform Complaint Procedures. Any report of unlawful discrimination involving the principal, compliance officer, or any other person to whom the complaint would ordinarily be reported or filed shall instead be submitted to the Superintendent or designee. Even if the student chooses not to file a formal complaint, the principal or compliance officer shall implement immediate measures necessary to stop the discrimination and to ensure all students have access to the educational program and a safe school environment.
Upon receiving a complaint of discrimination, the compliance officer shall immediately investigate the complaint in accordance with the district’s uniform complaint procedures specified in AR/BP 1312. 3.
San Jacinto Unified School District’s Complaint Officers are:
Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services
Dr. Sharon Raffiee
Executive Director of Personnel Services
The district shall conduct and complete an investigation of the complaint within 60 days or the receipt of the complaint and prepare a written decision. During the investigation, the person responsible for filing the complaint shall also be given the opportunity to provide evidence that he/she believes supports the allegations. The district's decision shall be in writing and sent to the complainant. The district's decision shall be written in English and in the language of the complainant. The decision shall include:
If a student or employee is disciplined as a result of the complaint, the decision shall simply state that effective action was taken and that the student or employee was informed of district expectations. The report shall not give any further information as to the nature of the disciplinary action.
Any decisions provided by the district may be appealed to the California Department of Education within 15 days. For more information regarding California Department of Education appeals, please contact Education Equity UCP Appeals Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 951-319-8239.
For Federal Complaints Regarding Title IX Discrimination
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) responds to Title IX discrimination complaints. A complaint must be filed within 180 days of the last act of discrimination. If your complaint involves matters that occurred longer ago 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. Prior to filing a complaint with OCR against an institution, a potential complainant may want to find out about the institution's grievance process and use that process to have the complaint resolved. However, a complainant is not required by law to use the institutional grievance process before filing a complaint with OCR. If a complainant uses an institutional grievance process and also chooses to file the complaint with OCR, the complaint must be filed with OCR within 60 days after completion of the institutional grievance process.
For reporting directly to athletics, contact the Athletics Director:
For reporting directly to a staff member, contact:
Dr. Karen Kirschinger
Director of Community, Student, and Personnel Support
(951) 929-7700 Ext. 4288
For filing a UPC complaint, contact:
Dr. Sharon Raffiee
Executive Director of Personnel Services