Title IX

Each student and employee has a right to learn and work in an environment that is free from unlawful discrimination. No District student or employee shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity or expression.

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 is one of several federal and state anti-discrimination laws that ensure equality in education. Title IX prohibits discrimination, harassment, exclusion, denial, limitation or separation based on sex or gender. Title IX applies to both male and female students in any educational institution receiving federal funding.

Pregnant students and teen parents have a right to equal education, full participation, and to enroll in any school or program for which they would otherwise qualify at any stage of the pregnancy.  They have the right to remain in their regular or current school program, including elementary or secondary schools, honors and magnet programs, special education and non-public school placements, alternative/options programs, migrant education, free and reduced lunch programs and services for English Learners, and any others for which they are otherwise qualified. This would also include participation in the following: graduation, awards, ceremonies; field trips; student clubs, councils, after-school activities, and any other school-related programs. Students cannot legally be expelled, suspended, or otherwise excluded from, or required to participate in school programs solely on the basis of their pregnancy-related conditions, or marital or parental status.

California Education Code Sections 200 through 282 and the Northern Humboldt Union High School School District Board Policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation or gender. Title IX requires that every school district or institution have a Title IX/Bullying Complaint Manager to whom concerns or complaints regarding sex discrimination can be made.

Complaint Process

Students or parents/guardians should report their verbal or written Title IX complaint to the school administrator or Director of Student Services within six months from the date the alleged incident occurred or first obtained knowledge. Complainants have a right to a timely and informal resolution at the school site.

If the complainant is dissatisfied with the school-site or Director of Student Services’ decision, the complainant may file a written complaint directly with the Superintendent’s Office. This will begin the investigation process which must be completed within 60 days.

Who is the Title IX Coordinator?

Melanie Susavilla, Director of Student Services
NHUHSD District Office
2755 McKinleyville Avenue
McKinleyville, CA 95519
707-839-6481 (phone)      707-839-6457 (fax)

Is there a statute of limitations for filing an alleged incident of harassment or discrimination?

Any parent, guardian, individual, organization has the right to file a written complaint of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying on the basis of a protected characteristic within six months from the date the alleged incident occurred or the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged incident.

How may a discrimination complaint be filed beyond the statute of limitations?

The timeline for filing a complaint of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying is extended by the Superintendent or designee, upon written request by the complainant setting forth the reasons for the extension. Such extension by the Superintendent or designee shall be made in writing. The period for filing may be extended by the Superintendent or designee for good cause for a period not to exceed 90 days following the expiration of the six month time period. The Superintendent shall respond immediately upon a receipt of a request for extension.

How are discrimination complaints investigated?

Step 1: File a written complaint or alleged noncompliance by the district or provide an opportunity for complaints and/or representatives to present relevant information.Step 2: Within 3 days of receiving complaint, compliance officer shall informally discuss the possibility of using mediation.
Step 3: Within 5 days of receiving complaint, the officer shall meet with the complaintant and/or their representative to repeat and investigate the complaint.
Step 4:  Within 30 days of filed complaint, the compliance officer shall prepare and send out a written report of the district’s investigation and decision.  The report shall include findings, rationale, right to appeal decision within 15 days to the California Department of Education, detailed statement of specific issues that were brought up during the investigation and the extent to which these issues were resolved.
If dissatisfied with the district’s decision, the complaintant may appeal in writing to the Department of Education within 15 days of receiving the District’s decision.

How may I file a discrimination complaint?

Any individual, public agency or organization may file a written complaint alleging a violation by the District of federal or state laws or regulations governing the programs and activities, as well as allegations of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying, under the District’s Uniform Complaint Procedures by sending complaint to:

Melanie Susavilla, Director of Student Services
NHUHSD District Office
2755 McKinleyville Avenue
McKinleyville, CA 95519
707-839-6481 (phone)      707-839-6457 (fax)

Email: msusavilla@nohum.k12.ca.us

 A complaint may be filed anonymously if it provides evidence or information leading to evidence to support an allegation of noncompliance.  Complainants making a verbal complaint shall be referred to an administrator/designee who will assist any person with a disability or unable to prepare a written complaint.

Otherwise, a discrimination complaint may be filed with the Office for Civil Rights:

San Francisco Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education

Phone:  (415) 486-5555

Email:  ocr.sanfrancisco@ed.gov

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