Title IX: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault
About Title IX
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, often referred to as Title IX, is a Federal civil rights law.
Title IX, which began with a focus on discrimination and ensuring equity in sports, includes a major focus on prevention of and response to incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
What is Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment
Know Your Rights
Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities.
All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX.
For a statement describing the rights and responsibilities of victims of sexual harassment or those who are the subject of complaints, contact your school office or read the rights and responsibilities handbook.
How to Get Help or File a Complaint
If you are not sure whether you should make a formal complaint, you can consult the Title IX coordinator at 206-252-0367 or Title.IX@seattleschools.org. The Title IX coordinator can help you decide if any action needs to be taken and how best to address your situation.
If you believe that you or an SPS student or staff member has been sexually harassed or sexually assaulted, you can report the incident(s) to any school staff member or the district’s Title IX coordinator. Read more about how to file a complaint on the district’s How to Get Help or File a Complaint webpage.
Title IX Coordinator
The Seattle Public Schools’ Title IX coordinator must have knowledge of all Title IX requirements, the district’s policies and procedures on sex discrimination, and of all complaints throughout the district that raise Title IX Issues.
The Title IX coordinator’s core responsibilities include:
- Tracking the district’s response to reports and complaints of sexual harassment
- Determining the appropriate response and remedial actions
- Identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems revealed by such reports and complaints.