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Title IX


With the aim of assuring equal rights and opportunities within our community and to comply with Federal Laws (including Title IX of Education Amendments of 1972), State Laws, and State Departments of Education regulations concerning these, the Tunkhannock Area School District reaffirms itself to be an Equal Rights and Opportunities School District. As an Equal Rights and Opportunities School District, it does not discriminate against individuals or groups because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or non-relevant handicaps and disabilities. The school district’s commitment to nondiscrimination extends to students, employees, prospective employees, and the community.

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 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 program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Sex discrimination under Title IX includes sexual harassment and sexual violence. Sexual Harassment is defined as conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:

  1. An employee of the recipient conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct.
  2. Any 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 recipient’s education program or activity.
  3. Sexual assault (as defined in the Clery Act), dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as defined in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX may be made to Equal Rights and Opportunities Director, or to the Director of Civil Rights, Department of Health, Education, Welfare, Washington, D.C.

Issues dealing with Title IX should be brought to the attention of the Title IX Coordinator (Mrs. Annie Moran, Compliance Director – 570-836-3100 ext: 1170 or in the district’s Central Administration Office where copies of the district’s Title IX Grievance Procedure also may be obtained.

Title IX Final Rule Overview

Summary of Major Provisions


Conducting and Adjudicating Title IX Hearings: An OCR Training Webinar

Source: U.S. Department of Education


How to Report Sexual Harassment under Title IX

Source: U.S. Department of Education


The First Amendment and Title IX

Source: U.S. Department of Education


Relevant Board Policies

Board Policy 103             Non-Discrimination in School and Classroom Practices

Board Policy 103.1          Nondiscrimination-Qualified Students with Disabilities

Board Policy 104             Non-Discrimination in Contract Practices
Board Policy 219             Student Complaint Process

Board Policy 249             Complaints / Harassment Report Form – Pupils

Board Policy 448             Unlawful Harassment – Professional Employees
Board Policy 548             Unlawful Harassment – Classified Employees

Violations of this policy, including acts of retaliation as described in this policy, or knowingly providing false information, may result in disciplinary consequences under applicable Board policy and procedures.

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