What is Title IX
Title IX is a federal civil rights law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. This law protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX 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 regulations apply to everyone in the District’s education programs and activities, including applicants for employment, students, parents/guardians, employees, and third parties.
Title IX applies to any institution receiving federal financial assistance from the Department of Education, including state and local educational agencies. Educational programs and activities that receive federal funds from the Department of Education must operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. Title IX forbids sex discrimination in all district services and academic programs. Title IX also forbids discrimination because of sex in employment and recruitment consideration or selection, whether full time or part time. Furthermore, a recipient may not retaliate against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or because a person made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX.
Title IX Sexual Harassment Prohibited
Sexual harassment as defined in Board policy 2:265, Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure, is prohibited. Any person, including a District employee or agent, or student, engages in Title IX Sexual Harassment whenever that person engages in conduct on the basis of an individual’s sex that satisfies one or more of the following:
- A District employee conditions the provision of an aid, benefit, or service on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct; or
- Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the District’s educational program or activity; or
- Sexual assault as defined in 20 U.S.C. §1092(f)(6)(A)(v), dating violence as defined in 34 U.S.C. §12291(a)(10), domestic violence as defined in 34 U.S.C. §12291(a)(8), or stalking as defined in 34 U.S.C. §12291(a)(30).
Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, touching, crude jokes or pictures, discussions of sexual experiences, teasing related to sexual characteristics, spreading rumors related to a person’s alleged sexual activities, rape, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion.
Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Policy
Board policy 2:265, Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure and associated complaint forms are located below. If you are unable to access or view these documents, please contact the Human Resources Manager at 708-233-5762.
- Board Policy 2:265 Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure
- Title IX Sexual Harassment Reporting Form
Title IX Coordinator
An individual who has questions or concerns regarding possible discrimination based on sex should contact the Title IX Coordinator. An individual also may contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”).
Title IX Coordinator:
Mr. James Bunn - Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations
7825 W. 103rd Street
Palos Hills, IL 60465
Title IX Deputy Coordinator:
Lisa Whitcomb – Director of Human Resources
7825 W. 103rd Street
Palos Hills, IL 60465
How to Get Help or File a Complaint
If you are not sure whether you should make a formal complaint, you can contact the District Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator can help you decide if any action needs to be taken and how best to address your situation.
A person who wishes to make a report under this Title IX Sexual Harassment grievance procedure may make a report to the Title IX Coordinator, Title IX Deputy Coordinators, Nondiscrimination Coordinator, Building Principal, Assistant Building Principal, a Complaint Manager, or any employee with whom the person is comfortable speaking. A person who wishes to make a report may choose to report to a person of the same gender.
School employees shall respond to incidents of sexual harassment by promptly making or forwarding the report to the Title IX Coordinator. An employee who fails to promptly make or forward a report may be disciplined, up to and including discharge.
- North Palos School District 117 Title IX Training for Administrators
- Global Compliance Network Training- General Harassment
- Global Compliance Network Training- Sexual Harassment IL- Professional Licensure
- Global Compliance Network Training- Title IX
- 2:260 Uniform Grievance Procedure
- 5:10 Equal Opportunity and Minority Recruitment
- 5:20 Workplace Harassment Prohibited
- 5:20-E Resolution to Prohibit Sexual Harassment
- 5:90 Abused and Neglected Child Reporting
- 5:100 Staff Development Program
- 5:120 Employee Ethics; Conduct and Conflicts of Interest
- 7:10 Equal Educational Opportunities
- 7:20 Harassment of Students Prohibited
- 7:180 Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment
- 7:185 Teen Dating Violence Prohibited
- 7:190 Student Behavior