Description of Responsibilities
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex within federally funded education institutions. Thus, all educational programs and activities must be operated free from discrimination. Key areas addressed by Title IX include: athletics; sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual violence; pregnant and parenting students; off-campus activities; recruitment and admission; and employment. Education institutions must protect against discrimination in these areas and prevent retaliation against any person for participating in any complaint action under Title IX.
The Lake Elsinore Unified School District (LEUSD) is committed to ensuring equal, fair, and meaningful access to employment and educational services. The District does not discriminate in any employment practice, educational program, or educational activity on the basis and/or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics of age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, immigration status, marital status, medical condition, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, and related conditions, race, religion, retaliation, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, Vietnam Era Veterans’ status, or any other basis prohibited by California state and federal nondiscrimination laws respectively. Not all bases of discrimination shall apply to both educational services and employment. Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination and civil rights should be directed to Title IX Coordinators of the Lake Elsinore Unified School District.
Notice of Student Nondiscrimination/Notice of Nondiscrimination
Lake Elsinore Unified is committed to making schools free from unlawful discrimination and providing equal opportunities for all individuals in education. The district prohibits discriminatory practices whose purpose or effect has a negative impact on the student’s academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment. The district promotes programs that ensure that discriminatory practices are eliminated in all district activities. Any student who engages in discrimination of another student or anyone from the district may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Any employee who permits or engages in discrimination may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. Any student or parent/guardian who believes that discrimination has occurred should immediately contact the principal for resolution at the site.
Definition of Sex Discrimination
Education Code 221.8 and Education Code 230
Student Sexual Harassment Policy
Lake Elsinore Unified is committed to making the schools free from sexual harassment. This means that the district prohibits harassment made by someone from or in the educational setting. Sexual harassment can be such actions as unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; or verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the educational setting. The district prohibits conduct that has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact on the student’s academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. The district further prohibits sexual harassment in which a student’s grades, benefits, services, honors, program or activities are dependent on submission to such conduct.
How to File a Discrimination, Bullying or Harassment Complaint
The district believes discrimination, harassment, and bullying issues may be resolved at the school site. As such, students, parents/guardians should report any act of discrimination, harassment, or bullying by a student, staff member or third party to the site principal. Once a complaint is made to the site principal, the following actions will occur:
Filing a Uniform Complaint. At any time during the informal resolution process, students or parent/guardians may file a Uniform Complaint Form that can be obtained from the school site and/or District Office divisions – Instructional Support Services or Personnel Support Services. The Uniform Complaint should be filed with the school site principal and/or District division depending on the nature of the complaint: