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 EC 221.61)
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
Students or parents/guardians should report their verbal or written Title IX complaint to a school administrator or the Title IX Coordinator within six months from the date the alleged incident occurred or the date knowledge of the violation was first obtained. Complainants have a right to a timely and informal resolution at the school site.
The timeline for filing a complaint of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying may be 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.
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, Human Resources Division. This will begin the investigation process which must be completed within 60 days.
The District’s Human Resources Division 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 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, Human Resources Division's 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).
Title IX Coordinator (District)
For more information regarding Title IX Complaint Procedures, please read the attached files below, or contact the District Title IX Coordinator:
Dr. Stephen Nellman
Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources Division
Centinela Valley Union High School District
14901 Inglewood Avenue
Lawndale, CA 90260
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: