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Title IX: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault

Task Force

2019 Title IX Task Force

Board Policy 3208 commits Seattle Public Schools (district) to a positive and productive education and work environment free from discrimination, including sexual harassment. The corresponding Superintendent Procedure, 3208SP, details the formal and informal procedures that incorporate the requirements of RCW 28A.640, WAC 392-190-056 through 392-190-075, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Pursuant to Superintendent Procedure 3208SP, the deputy superintendent, as delegated by the superintendent, is convening a task force (“2019 Title IX Task Force”) during the 2019 calendar year to review the use and efficacy of Board Policy 3208 and Superintendent Procedure 3208SP, as well as other tasks as detailed below in the scope of work. Based on the work of the committee, staff from the Office of Student Civil Rights (OSCR) shall prepare a report to the superintendent including, if appropriate, any recommended policy and procedure changes.

Task Force Objective

The objective of the review is to inform current practices to ensure the district has comprehensive and accessible programs in the following areas:

  1. A procedure and protocol to effectively respond to reported incidents of alleged sexual harassment, including sexual assault/violence and sexual misconduct, that complies with state, and federal regulations, which also considers developmentally appropriate supports and due process rights for all parties involved; and
  2. A developmentally appropriate educational and outreach component for the prevention of sexually harassing or sexual misconduct behaviors.

This review should ensure that these programs do not merely demonstrate compliance with applicable federal and state laws, but also demonstrate the district’s commitment to safe and civil education and work environments.

  1. Review and provide input on current practices including:
    1. posting of required notices;
    2. training of staff on responding to reports of alleged sexual misconduct;
    3. response to complaints, including investigations;
    4. identification and implementation of support responses and remedies;
    5. data tracking of reported incidents;
    6. prevention curricula for students;
    7. outreach program for parents/guardians and community members.
    8. The work in this area will include a review of reported incidents of sexual misconduct received by the district from the 2015-16 academic year to the current academic year.
  2. Review and provide input on the district’s educational activities for students regarding the awareness and prevention of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment.
  3. Based on the reviews detailed above, develop recommendations to the superintendent for any policy and procedure revisions.

Work from the 2019 Title IX Task Force will be presented as recommendations and opinions to the superintendent and school board by means of communication from OSCR throughout the period of time the task force convenes. The 2019 Title IX Task Force will publish meeting agendas and non-confidential meeting minutes on the website. A final report will include a review of all projects and activities, as well as all recommendations of the 2019 Title IX Task Force. The 2019 Title IX Task Force will not serve for the purpose of decision-making. Any decisions regarding policy and procedures shall remain with the superintendent and school board.

Task Force Membership

The goal is to be selective of applicants to ensure there is a balance of perspectives and backgrounds. This task force will be representative of our Seattle Public Schools, students and families.

The task force will be comprised of parent/ family members, staff representatives and community organization representatives. Names of task force members will be posted on the District’s Title IX Task Force webpage.

Responsibilities of Task Force Members

  • Attend all scheduled meetings
  • Assist in reviewing materials
  • Contribute to the group’s work

Expected Time Line for Task Force Selection Process and Meetings

  • Nominations were due by 5 PM, February 28, 2019.
  • Nominations reviewed by the selection committee: between March 4 – March 8, 2019.
  • Invited appointees notified by email, no later than March 15, 2019.
  • Invited appointees to accept or decline a seat on the task force by March 22, 2019.
  • The work of the task force will begin on March 28, 2019 with an orientation meeting at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence from 2 to 5 p.m.
  • Dates and times of future meetings will be determined during the orientation meeting. Members should anticipate meeting one or two weekdays per month.

Background

Background Information

In 2011, the DOE provided detailed guidance to school districts in a Dear Colleague Letter, which is available in its entirety. Additionally,in 2012, the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction(“OSPI”) has provided guidelines for school districts to implement RCW Chapters 28A.640 and 28A.640 WAC Chapters 392-190.

Audit History

OSPI conducted a Consolidation Program Review on March 12-13, 2014. Thereview resulted in 25 instances of non-compliance, seven of which arerelated to Civil Rights/Title IX. District management has theresponsibility for developing corrective action plans in response toaudit findings, and they responded to OSPI on April 28, 2014.

The results of the Consolidated Program Review were brought before the Audit and Finance committee at the next quarterly meeting, which occurred on June 19, 2014. The Consolidated Program Review is a new item for the Audit and Finance Committee to monitor and they have not granted any extensions to resolve the non-compliant items.

Prior to the Consolidated Program Review conducted by OSPI, Seattle Public Schools has not received any audit findings related to Title IX. Specifically, there have been no audit findings stating that the Title IX Official was unaware of his duties related to Title IX.

Contact Us

Tina Meade
Student Civil Rights Compliance Officer
cmmeade@seattleschools.org

Natasha Walicki
Interim Title IX Coordinator
Title.IX@seattleschools.org

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Guiding and Related Documents

Reports and Related Documents from 2015 Title IX Task Force

Board Policy 3208

Superintendent Procedure 3208SP

2019 Title IX Task Force Charter