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Coordinator Roles and Responsibilities
Legal Citation: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)
A. School systems or other recipients of federal funds (including all public schools, charter schools and magnet schools) must designate at least one professional employee as of Title IX coordinator to oversee compliance efforts and investigate any complaints of sex discrimination.
B. All students, employees and parents/guardians must be notified of the names, office address(es), and telephone number(s) of the designated coordinator(s) of Title IX.
The school district’s policy of nondiscrimination must be prominently included in each student handbook, bulletin, catalog, booklet, announcement, brochure, student application form or other publication distributed to students, potential students, parents, and any other persons benefiting from the school district’s activities and programs. The name and contact information (office address, telephone number, fax number, email address) of the Title IX Coordinator must also be included in this announcement.
The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for monitoring the overall implementation of Title IX for the school district and coordination the institution’s compliance with Title IX in all areas covered by the implementing regulations. The major responsibility is the prevention of sexual harassment and discrimination. Other major monitoring duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
Admissions: Admissions and Recruitment
Education Programs and Activities: Housing, Comparable Facilities, Access to Course Offerings, Access to Schools operated by the School District, Counseling and Related Materials, participation in extra-curricular activities, Financial Assistance, Employment Assistance, Health Services and Insurance, Marital/Parental Status, Athletics and Physical Education.
Employment in Education Programs and Activities: Employment Criteria, Recruitment, Compensation, Job Classification, Fringe Benefits, Martial or Parental Status, Advertising, Pre-employment Activities.
Adoption and publication of procedures providing prompt and equitable resolution of complaints is critical. Nondiscrimination policy notices and their attendant Grievance Procedures must be made public and disseminated throughout the educational community. Develop Title IX grievance procedures for students and teachers in cooperation with local student service and human resources staff; give public notice of the procedures and the name and contact information of the school system Title IX coordinator.
Have copies of grievance procedure and any related forms available in schools and libraries to students, parents or school personnel alleging sexual harassment or discrimination. Assist them in filing their grievance and oversee the step-by-step procedure to be sure that time frames are met. Assist administrative personnel who need a better understanding of the grievance based on Title IX. Keep records of all grievances filed.
In carrying out this responsibility, the Title IX coordinator may actually investigate any complaint filed under the institution’s grievance procedures. If the Title IX coordinator does not conduct the investigation of complaints, she or he should receive information about any grievance filed. This will allow the institution to identify any patterns, and repeat offenders that may be missed when several individuals handle grievances. The coordinator should also receive sufficient information throughout the process so that she or he can provide guidance or information
Develop a working knowledge of the federal Title IX (of the Education Amendments of 1972) law and its implementation regulations. Have a copy of Title IX readily available and understand the requirements and the intent of the law. Keep informed of current research and legal and judicial decisions related to Title IX and gender equity.
*Adapted from the US Department of Education/Office for Civil Rights
Gooding School District Title IX Coordinator:
Dr. Heather Williams
1050 7th Ave West
Gooding, ID 83330