Complaints Concerning Title IX and Sexual Harassment
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)
- 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 of 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 wishing to file a Title IX complaint must do so with School's Principal (Deputy Title IX Coordinator) or the District's Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources (Title IX Coordinator). The Title IX Complaint Form and Administrative Regulation 5145.71 can be found below for more information regarding the complaint process.
This complaint process shall be used to address allegations of one or more of the following:
- A District employee conditioning the provision of a District aid, benefit, or service on the student's participation in unwelcome sexual conduct
- Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a student equal access to the District's education program or activity
- Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as defined in 20 USC 1092 or 34 USC 12291
District Title IX Coordinator
For questions regarding Title IX Complaint Procedures, please contact the District's Title IX Coordinator:
Dr. Stephen Nellman
Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources Division
District Title IX Coordinator
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 Title IX:
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: