The PAUSD Title IX Office receives and investigates complaints brought by parents and students alleging unlawful discrimination including discriminatory harassment, (such as sexual harassment, sexual violence or harassment based on a protected characteristic), intimidation, or bullying against any person in district programs and activities, including, but not limited to, those program or activities funded directly by or that receive or benefit from any state financial assistance, based on the person's actual or perceived characteristics or race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information, or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200  or 220 , Government Code 11135 , or Penal Code 422.55 , or based on the person's association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics (5 CCR 4610).
Online training was completed by 100% of employees by December 18, 2019. Online training will be required of all new hires.
December 9, 2019 - Title IX Coordinator and Civil Rights Officer Megan Farrell provides Title IX training to Adult Education employees.
The Title IX staff also holds monthly meetings at the District Office with site point persons who handle Title IX and Civil rights complaints:
October 24, 2019 - A meeting was held with site administrators to discuss Restorative Justice as an alternative to the formal investigation process.
December 19, 2019 - There was a review of current cases and discussion of plans for meetings next semester.
Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP)
The Palo Alto Unified School District maintains a uniform complaint procedure for investigating complaints of: (1) discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, or bullying on the basis of actual or perceived characteristics of age, sex, sexual orientation, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, nationality, national origin, religion, color, or mental or physical disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal Code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, including retaliation; and (2) complaints of violations of the laws and regulations governing consolidated categorical aid programs, Adult Education, Career/Technical Education, Child Development, Special Education and Nutrition services, or Federal and State Categorical Programs (No Child Left Behind, Title 1, McKinney Vento, English Language Learners, Foster Youth, other programs) and the prohibition against requiring students to pay fees, deposits, or other charges for participating in educational activities. Any individual, public agency or organization may file a written complaint of noncompliance.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. 1681 et. seq. (Title IX) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities that receive or benefit from Federal financial assistance. Generally, a provider may not exclude, deny or provide different or lesser services to applicants or beneficiaries on the basis of sex.
Generally, a complaint is an oral or written statement alleging a violation of federal or state laws or regulations, which may include an allegation of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying.