Title IX Introduction
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., 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 gender stereotypes. State law also prohibits discrimination based on gender (sex), gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
Title IX Rights (CA Education Code 221.8)
The following list of rights, which are based on the relevant provisions of the federal regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. Sec. 1681 et seq.), may be used by the department for purposes of Section 221.6:
- You have the right to fair and equitable treatment and you shall not be discriminated against based on your sex.
- You have the right to be provided with an equitable opportunity to participate in all academic extracurricular activities, including athletics.
- You have the right to inquire of the athletic director of your school as to the athletic opportunities offered by the school.
- You have the right to apply for athletic scholarships.
- You have the right to receive equitable treatment and benefits in the provision of all of the following:
- Equipment and supplies.
- Scheduling of games and practices.
- Transportation and daily allowances.
- Access to tutoring.
- Locker rooms.
- Practice and competitive facilities.
- Medical and training facilities and services.
- You have the right to have access to a gender equity coordinator to answer questions regarding gender equity laws.
- You have the right to contact the State Department of Education and the California Interscholastic Federation to access information on gender equity laws.
- You have the right to file a confidential discrimination complaint with the United States Office for 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.
- You have the right to pursue civil remedies if you have been discriminated against.
- You have the right to be protected against retaliation if you file a discrimination complaint.
Title IX Complaints
At time of filing the formal complaint, the Complainant must be
participating or attempting to participate in recipient’s education program
or activity. Students or parents/guardians should report their verbal or written Title IX complaint to a school administrator or the Title IX Coordinator.
If the complainant is dissatisfied with the school-site decision, the complainant may file a written Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) complaint directly with the Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services. This will begin the investigation process which must be completed within 60 days.
The District’s Educational Services Department timestamps new complaints of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying when received and provides an acknowledgment letter framing the allegations under the jurisdiction of the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) and referring a complainant to appropriate offices and resources for issues not under UCP jurisdiction. The investigator assigned has 60 calendar days from office receipt to investigate the complaint and to send a letter with findings to relevant parties. The 60-day timeline may be extended only by mutual agreement of the complainant and the District. During the investigative process, the investigator contacts the complainant and other applicable parties requesting data and responses. The District includes an opportunity for the complainant to present evidence or information to support the allegations. The District will ensure that, within 60 days of receipt of the written complaint, the complaint has been resolved and/or investigated and that a written report of findings is issued to the complainant. The written report of the investigative findings contains the allegations, method of investigation, policy, findings, conclusions, appeal options and corrective actions, if applicable.
An appeal of the Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services findings may be made to the California Department of Education's Office of Equal Opportunity (see below).
A discrimination complaint may also be filed directly with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (see below).
Specific to complaints of sexual harassment:
For purposes of Title IX, sexual harassment is defined as conduct on the basis of sex under one or more of the following:
- Quid Pro Quo
- Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment
- Other Sexual Acts (Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking)
Sexual Harassment Complaints under Title IX follow a different Grievance Process. The Grievance Process is addressed by the Title IX Team. The team consists of the Title IX Coordinator, an Investigator, a Decision Maker, and Appeal Officer, and an Informal Resolution Process Facilitator. All team members must be impartial, unbiased, and free from conflicts. All team members have been trained in the new Title IX Regulations (to view the training, click on the link at the bottom of this page).
Our District and the Title IX Coordinator are aware of and acknowledge the new Title IX regulations effective August 14, 2020. Our Title IX Coordinator and Team received training on these new regulations on September 10, 2020. Our training materials are available for review under this link. We are in the process of reviewing and revising our Title IX policies and practices, after input from our stake-holders in order to implement a fair, thorough, and impartial Title IX complaint process and District response. As always, if you want to report a sexual harassment incident, please reach out to our Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Kim Indelicato (contact information below).
For questions regarding Title IX Complaint Procedures, please contact the District Title IX Coordinator:
Coordinator, School and Family Support Services
4034 Irving Place
Culver City, CA 90232
CCUSD Related Policies:
Title IX Additional Information
California Department of Education Office of Equal Opportunity
California Department of Education Title IX and Gender Equity:
U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights webpage regarding procedures for filing a discrimination complaint:
U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights electronic complaint form: