Title IX


Policy prohibiting discriminatory harassment or bullying of students on the basis of sex, race/color/national origin, and disability can be found in Board Docs, located (here).

General Response – (with or without a formal complaint)

Any person, whether the alleged victim or not, may report Title IX sexual harassment using the Discrimination/Sexual Harassment/Bullying/Hazing/Dating Violence/Retaliation Report Form or by making a general report verbally or in writing to the building principal, or by using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person's verbal or written report. Upon receipt of a report, school staff shall immediately notify the building principal.

Title IX Coordinator Mr. Gregory P. Gates Jr. - Business Manager (814) 742-2271  [email protected]  
Myers Elementary  Mr. Matthew D. Stinson - Principal (814) 742-2274 [email protected]  
Bellwood-Antis Middle School Dr. Donald W. Wagner - Principal (814) 742-2273 [email protected]  
Bellwood-Antis High School Mr. Richard W. Schreier - Principal (814) 742-2272 [email protected]  

A report may be made at any time, including during nonbusiness hours. Verbal reports shall be documented by the Title IX Coordinator or employee receiving the report using the Discrimination/Sexual Harassment/Bullying/Hazing/Dating Violence/Retaliation Report Form, and these procedures shall be implemented appropriately.

District staff who become aware of bullying, hazing, harassment or other discrimination affecting a student or staff member shall promptly report it to the building principal.

Parents/Guardians of students have the right to act on behalf of the complainant, the respondent, or other individual at any time.

When the district has actual knowledge of Title IX sexual harassment, the district is required to respond promptly and in a manner that is not deliberately indifferent, meaning not clearly unreasonable in light of the known circumstances.

All sexual harassment reports and complaints received by the building principal shall be promptly directed to the Title IX Coordinator, in accordance with Board policy. The Title IX Coordinator shall use the Discrimination/Sexual Harassment/Bullying/Hazing/Dating Violence/Retaliation Report Form to gather additional information from the reporter and/or other parties identified in the report, to determine if the allegations meet the definition and parameters for Title IX sexual harassment.

The Title IX Coordinator shall promptly contact the complainant regarding the report to gather additional information as necessary, and to discuss the availability of supportive measures. The Title IX Coordinator shall consider the complainant’s wishes with respect to supportive measures.

The Title IX Coordinator shall initially assess whether the reported conduct:

1. Meets the definition of Title IX sexual harassment.

2. Occurred in a district program or activity under the control of the district and against a person in the United States.

3. Involves other Board policies or the Code of Student Conduct.

4. Indicates, based on an individualized safety and risk analysis, that there is an immediate threat to the physical health or safety of an individual.

5. Involves a student identified as a student with a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. (Pol. 103.1, 113)

If the result of this initial assessment determines that none of the allegations fall within the scope of Title IX sexual harassment, but the matter merits review and possible action under the Code of Student Conduct and other Board policies or Attachment 2 addressing Discrimination Complaints, then the Title IX Coordinator shall redirect the report to the appropriate administrator to address the allegations. (Pol. 103, 103.1, 113.1, 218, 247, 249, 252, 317, 317.1)

If the result of the initial assessment determines that the allegations may constitute Title IX sexual harassment, the Title IX Coordinator shall promptly explain to the complainant the process for filing a formal complaint and inform the complainant of the continued availability of supportive measures with or without the filing of a formal complaint.

The Title IX Coordinator shall contact the parents/guardians and provide them with information regarding the report and Title IX sexual harassment procedures and grievance process for formal complaints.

If the complainant, school staff or others with professional knowledge relating to the complainant’s health and well-being indicate that notifying the parents/guardians could cause serious harm to the health or well-being of the complainant or other person(s), the Title IX Coordinator will determine, in consultation with such individuals and upon advice of legal counsel, whether to withhold or delay notification of the report from the complainant’s parents/guardians.

The Title IX Coordinator shall also determine what supportive measures may be offered to the respondent.

If either party is an identified student with a disability, or thought to be disabled, the Title IX Coordinator shall contact the Director of Special Education to coordinate the required actions in accordance with Board policy. (Pol. 113, 113.1, 113.2, 113.3)

Confidentiality regarding the supportive measures offered and the identity of the following individuals shall be maintained, except as may be permitted by law or regulations relating to the conduct of any investigation: (20 U.S.C. Sec. 1232g; 34 CFR Parts 99, 106; Pol. 113.4, 216)

1. Individuals making a report or formal complaint.

2. Complainant(s).

3. Respondent(s).

4. Witnesses.

The district shall treat complainants and respondents equitably by:

1. Offering supportive measures to the complainant and may offer such measures to the respondent.

2. Following the grievance process for formal complaints before imposing disciplinary sanctions or other actions that are not supportive measures on the respondent.

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