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Title IX

Title IX is a federal civil rights law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1971. This law protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX is enforced by the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Updated Title IX regulations were issued by the US Department of Education on May 06, 2020 detailing investigatory requirements schools must follow when dealing with cases of sexual harassment and assault involving students. These new regulations provide a more narrow definition of sexual harassment and require schools to investigate and adjudicate formal complaints of sexual harassment which incorporates due process procedures into the grievance process.

All educational institutions receiving Federal financial assistance must designate at least one employee to coordinate their efforts to comply with and carry out their responsibilities under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination in education programs and activities. 65 Fed Reg. 52867 at § .135(a). The Title IX coordinator has a responsibility to coordinate the schools' efforts to comply with its obligations under Title IX and the Title IX regulations. These responsibilities include coordinating any investigations of complaints received pursuant to Title IX and the implementing regulations. Inquiries regarding Title IX and the Title IX regulations can be referred to the Title IX designated Title IX coordinator, Dr. Daniel W. Hartman, Assistant Superintendent. daniel_hartman@southwesternsd.org or 717-632-2500.

Title IX Resources:
US Department of Education Title IX Webpage

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