• Title IX/Gender Equity

    Title IX 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 gender (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.  The preamble of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states that:

    “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

    Title IX requires that each school district have at least one person designated as the Title IX Coordinator.  In the event of a complaint regarding gender equity or sexual harassment, the Title IX Coordinator for the Jefferson School District is:

    Nancie Castro, Director of Human Resources & Curriculum

    1219 Whispering Wind Drive

    Tracy, CA  95377

    (209) 836-0232

    ncastro@sjcoe.net

    Filing a Title IX Complaint with the District

    Title IX complaints shall be submitted in written form in accordance with Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 1312.3 Uniform Complaint Procedures. The complaint review shall be completed within 60 calendar days from the date of receipt of the complaint unless the complainant agrees in writing to an extension of the timeline. A complaint alleging retaliation, unlawful discrimination, or bullying must be filed not later than six months from the date it occurred, or six months from the date the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged discrimination. The time for filing may be extended for up to 90 days by the Superintendent or designee for good cause upon written request by the complainant setting forth the reasons for the extension. The complainant has a right to appeal the district's decision to the CDE by filing a written appeal within 15 calendar days of receiving the district's decision. The appeal to the CDE must include a copy of the complaint filed with the district and a copy of the district’s decision.

    Additional Resources

    United States  Department  of  Education  Office  for  Civil  Rights – https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html United  States  Department  of  Education  Office  for  Civil  Rights  Complaint  Form - http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html; or https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintform.pdf

    California Department of  Education’s  Office  for  Equal  Opportunity http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/or/oeo.asp