Alamosa School District is committed to:

Providing a working and learning environment that is free from discrimination based on sex and/or gender, sexual harassment, and/or sexual violence. It is the policy of the District that this discrimination, harassment, and/or violence will not be tolerated. Students, parents, and staff are encouraged to work together to prevent discrimination based on sex and/or gender, sexual harassment, and/or sexual violence and to report promptly any conduct that could constitute a violation of this policy. The District is committed to conducting prompt investigations of any allegations of discrimination, harassment, and/or sexual violence.

The Title IX Regulation

What is it?

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that states; "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." Under Title IX, schools are legally required to respond and remedy hostile educational environments.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces, among other statutes, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX 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.

Although Title IX is best known for breaking down barriers in sports for women and girls, Title IX also addresses sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender-based discrimination. Title IX requires schools to take prompt action upon receiving notice of a sexual assault or sexual harassment. A school based investigation is required, independent of law enforcement investigations. Title IX states that schools should establish standard procedures for handling complaints of sex-based discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence. Any person may file a Title IX complaint with the Title IX Coordinator or the Office for Civil Rights.

Jurisdiction

For a Title IX Inquiry or Investigation to apply - the incident must have occurred in an Educational Program or Activity and the District must have substantial control over both the respondent and the context in which the harassment occurred. In addition, the unwelcome sexual harassment must also be considered severe, pervasive AND objectionably offensive or a single act of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking as defined by the Clery Act.

Title IX Investigator(s)
  • K-2: Roxi Vigil

    3-5: Eric Palmer

    OMS: Nate Gonzales

    AHS: Drew Cleveland

  • Training: ATIXA K-12 Civil Rights Investigator Certified (2020)

Title IX Team