PINEHURST SCHOOL DISTRICT TITLE IX COMPLIANCE

Policy and Procedures

If you or anyone you know has experienced sexual assault or harassment, you may seek assistance through local law enforcement or through one of the district/school Title IX coordinators. For Pinehurst School District Title IX Coordinator contact information see below.

Pinehurst School District (PSD) is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. As such, PSD prohibits any kind of unlawful discrimination or harassment, which includes gender based discrimination or harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual harassment by a member of the school community.

Pinehurst School District Title IX Plan (link coming soon)

Pinehurst School Board Sexual Harassment Policy (GBN/JBA)
The Board is committed to the elimination of sexual harassment in the district schools and activities. Sexual harassment is strictly prohibited and shall not be tolerated. This includes sexual harassment of students or staff by other students, staff, Board members or third parties. The district takes seriously all complaints and takes prompt, effective action, including disciplinary action, upon finding of a Policy violation.

Building principals, the compliance officer and the superintendent have responsibility for investigations concerning sexual harassment. The investigator(s) shall be a neutral party having had no involvement in the complaint presented.

Scope of Title IX
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.”
Educational programs and activities that receive ED funds must operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. Some key issue areas in which recipients have Title IX obligations are: recruitment, admissions, and counseling; financial assistance; athletics; sex-based harassment; treatment of pregnant and parenting students; discipline; single-sex education; and employment. Also, a recipient may not retaliate against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX. For a recipient to retaliate in any way is considered a violation of Title IX. The ED Title IX regulations  (Volume 34, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 106) provide additional information about the forms of discrimination prohibited by Title IX. – US Department of Education Office for Civil RightsU.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights “significant guidance document”
Education has long been recognized as the great equalizer in America. The U.S. Department of Education and it’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) believe that providing all students with an educational environment free from discrimination is extremely important. The sexual harassment of students, including sexual violence, interferes with students’ right to receive an education free from discrimination and, in the case of sexual violence, is a crime.

Reporting


If you or anyone you know has experienced sexual assault or harassment, you should seek assistance.

Report an Incident To the District

To report an incident directly to the District Title IX Coordinator, Holly Amann CLICK HERE or call (541) 482-1910.
Please note that any Pinehurst School District employee who has reasonable cause or reasonable suspicion to believe that any child with whom he/she has come in contact with has suffered abuse, neglect or sexual assault is required to report the information as soon as possible to a district administrator and Oregon Department of Human Services, Community Human Services or a local law enforcement agency.
To an Advocate

Jackson County Sexual Response Team (SART) provides support for victims of sexual assault. At the Jackson County SART, we put survivors’ needs and wishes first. That means that all of us – nurses, advocates and police – are committed to giving you, your family and friends the help you need to reclaim your life and start healing. Victims can contact SART Victims Advocate, Susan Moen for assistance.

To Law Enforcement
The Ashland Police Department’s participation in the You Have Options Program is our commitment to sexual assault victims that they will not only be heard, but also have their individual concerns addressed during both the reporting and investigative process.  The person who committed the sexual assault is solely responsible for that assault and one of our jobs as law enforcement officers is to gather evidence that will allow that offender to be held accountable for his/her crimes.  Our officers and detectives receive advanced training on trauma interviewing and investigative strategies to identify serial sexual perpetrators to assist us in that goal.  None of that work can begin without a sexual assault victim reporting.

Report using an online report form
Report by phone: (541) 482-5211
Report in person: 1155 E. Main Street, Ashland, OR – or call and request hat a police office meet with you
At a Jackson County Hospital or Advocacy Center
Rogue Valley Medical Center
2825 East Barnett Rd.

Medford, OR

(541) 789-7100

Providence Medical Center
111 Crater Lake Ave.
Medford, OR
(541) 732-6400
Ashland Community Hospital
280 Maple St.
Ashland, OR
(541) 201-4100
Community Works
info@community-works.org
(541) 779-4357

 

Resources


Jackson County Sexual Assault Team – provides support for victims of sexual assault. At the Jackson County SART, we put survivor’s needs and wishes first. That means that all of us – nurses, advocates and police – are committed to giving you, your family and friends the help you need to reclaim your life and start healing.

You Have Options – Providing victims of sexual assault with options for reporting to law enforcement. Providing law enforcement with information to hold sexual offenders accountable.

National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline – Call 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

U.S. Department of Education Resource Guide

Department of Justice Overview of Title IX Education Amendments of 1972 – On June 23, 1972, the President signed Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., into law. Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. The principal objective of Title IX is to avoid the use of federal money to support sex discrimination in education programs and to provide individual citizens effective protection against those practices.

Department of Education Office for Civil Rights – The Office for Civil Rights enforces Title IX to ensure that students have equal access to educational opportunity and can go to school without fear of sex discrimination.

RESOURCES AVAILABLE THROUGH THE OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS
DCL: Sexual Violence (2011)
DCL: Retaliation (2013)
Title IX Questions and Answers (2014)
DCL: Title IX Coordinators (2015)
Title IX Resource Guide (2015)

Know Your IX for High School students

It’s On Us Campaign objective is to educate that everyone is a part of preventing sexual assault.

To RECOGNIZE that non-consensual sex is sexual assault
To IDENTIFY situations in which sexual assault may occur
To INTERVENE in situations where consent has not or cannot be given
To CREATE an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported
Stop Sexual Assault in Schools, a comprehensive website with video and action plan for  parents, students, schools, and community organizations.

Learn More


Pinehurst School District knows that good citizenship and healthy sexual boundaries do not occur over night.  Developmentally appropriate education around these issues is critical for all ages from kindergarten through senior year.  In fact, this type of program is required by Oregon law as a part of human sexuality education under OAR 581-022-1440, and through related Oregon statutes and regulations including “Erin’s Law,” ORS 339.400.

Pinehurst School District’s Title IX Plan (link coming soon)

Erin’s Law
Erin’s law went into effect in Oregon this year and is a positive extension of the existing statute that requires a comprehensive sexuality education and abuse prevention program.  Erin’s law requires four hours annually of sexual abuse prevention at all grade levels, as well as staff education and information for parents.

Department of Education Q and A on Title IX and Sexual Violence

In responding to requests for technical assistance, OCR has determined that elementary and secondary schools and post secondary institutions would benefit from additional guidance concerning their obligations under Title IX to address sexual violence as a form of sexual harassment. The following questions and answers further clarify the legal requirements and guidance articulated in the DCL and the 2001 Guidance and include examples of proactive efforts schools can take to prevent sexual violence and remedies schools may use to end such conduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. In order to gain a complete understanding of these legal requirements and recommendations, this document should be read in full.

Training


The Pinehurst School District uses PACE’s Safe Schools training to meet Title IX requirements.
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