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Gender Equity/Title IX


In 2004, the California Department of Education issued a Legal Advisory titled Gender Equity and Discrimination Laws in California Public Schools. This advisory reminded school districts and county office of education about state statutes and regulations that prohibited discrimination against students in various protected categories in the State of California. This advisory is no longer current or reflective of existing California Law.

Title IX

The following is to assist with understanding Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its minimum requirements. It is not an exhaustive explanation, and therefore, should not be used as a substitute for careful reading of the regulations themselves.

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 sex (including sexual harassment). In addition, Title IX protects transgender students and students who do not conform to sex stereotypes. State law also prohibits discrimination based on gender (sex), gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The preamble to 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.

From the regulations governing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. 1681, 1682):

106.8 Designation of responsible employee and adoption of complaint procedures.

  1. Designation of responsible employee. Each recipient shall designate at least one employee to coordinate its efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under this part, including any investigation of any complaint communicated to such recipient alleging its noncompliance with this part or alleging any actions which would be prohibited by this part. The recipient shall notify all its students and employees of the name, office address and telephone number of the employee or employees appointed pursuant to this paragraph.
  2. Complaint procedure of recipient. A recipient shall adopt and publish grievance procedures providing for prompt and equitable resolution of student and employee complaints alleging any action which would be prohibited by this part.

(Authority: 34 C.F.R. Sec 106.8)

106.9 Dissemination of policy.

  1. Notification of policy.

    1. Each recipient shall implement specific and continuing steps to notify applicants for admission and employment, students and parents of elementary and secondary school students, employees, sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with the recipient, that it does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational program or activity which it operates, and that it is required by Title IX and this part not to discriminate in such a manner. Such notification shall contain such information and be made in such manner as the Assistant Secretary finds necessary to apprise such persons of the protections against discrimination assured them by Title IX and this part, but shall state at least that the requirement not to discriminate in the education program or activity extends to employment therein, and to admission thereto unless Subpart C does not apply to the recipient, and that inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and this part to such recipient may be referred to the employee designated pursuant to Sec. 106.8, or to the Assistant Secretary.

    2. Each recipient shall make the initial notification required by paragraph (a)(1) of this section within 90 days of the effective date of this part or of the date this part first applies to such recipient, whichever comes later, which notification shall include publication in:

      1. Local newspapers;
      2. Newspapers and magazines operated by such recipient or by student, alumnae, or alumni groups for or in connection with such recipient; and

      3. Memoranda or other written communications distributed to every student and employee of such recipient.

  2. Publications.

    1. Each recipient shall prominently include a statement of the policy described in paragraph (a) of this section in each announcement, bulletin, catalog, or application form which it makes available to any person of a type, described in paragraph (a) of this section, or which is otherwise used in connection with the recruitment of students or employees.

    2. A recipient shall not use or distribute a publication of the type described in this paragraph which suggests, by text or illustration, that such recipient treats applicants, students, or employees differently on the basis of sex except as such treatment is permitted by this part.

  3. Distribution. Each recipient shall distribute without discrimination on the basis of sex each publication described in paragraph (b) of this section, and shall apprise each of its admission and employment recruitment representatives of the policy of nondiscrimination described in paragraph (a) of this section, and require such representatives to adhere to such policy.

(Authority: 34 C.F.R. Sec 106.8)

Title IX Coordinators

California Department of Education’s Title IX Coordinator:

Sharon Felix-Rochon, Director
Civil Rights, Title IX, ADA/504, MOA Coordinator
Office of Equal Opportunity
1430 N Street, Room 4206
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-445-9174 Telephone
916-324-9818 Facsimile
oeoinfo@cde.ca.gov

Title IX District Notification Letter 2013
Title IX Coordinator Survey 2013 (DOC)

Uniform Complaint Procedure

Complaints pertaining to Title IX issues could be filed by utilizing the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) as identified in California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Sections 4600 et. seq. For the UCP form and additional information see the links below.

Uniform Complaint Procedures and Resolution of Discrimination/Harassment Complaint

Other resources

Questions:   Office of Equal Opportunity | oeoinfo@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-9174
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