• Title IX Student Rights, Complaints and Resources

     
    Federal Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972  (Title IX) is one of several federal and state anti-discrimination laws that ensure equality in education. Title IX prohibits discrimination, harassment, exclusion, denial, limitation or separation based on sex or gender. Title IX applies to both male and female students in any educational institution receiving federal funding.
     
    Title IX provides that no person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any academic, extracurricular, research, occupational training, or other education program or activity operated by a district which receives federal financial assistance.  
     

    Title IX Coordinator

     
    Contact the following Title IX Coordinator in the event of a complaint regarding gender equity or sexual harassment, or discrimination, intimidation and bullying because of actual or perceived disability, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race, ethnicity, color, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital or parental status, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, contact one of the following Title IX and Nondiscrimination Coordinator:
     
    Dale Velk
    Title IX Coordinator - Director of Student Support
    District Support Center
    41870 McAlby Court
    Murrieta, CA 92563
    (951) 696-1600 ext.  1155
    Email:  dvelk@murrieta.k12.ca.us   
     

    Summary of Student Rights (Education Code section 22.8)

    • You have the right to fair and equitable treatment and to be free from discrimination based on your sex.
    • You have the right to an equitable opportunity to participate in all academic extracurricular activities, including athletics.
    • You have the right to ask the athletic director of your school about the athletic opportunities offered by the school.
    • You have the right to apply for athletic scholarships.
    • You have the right to equitable treatment and benefits in:
      • Equipment and supplies
      • Scheduling of games and practices
      • Transportation and daily allowances
      • Access to tutoring
      • Coaching
      • Locker rooms
      • Practice and competitive facilities
      • Medical and training facilities and services
      • Publicity
    • You have access to a gender equity coordinator to answer questions about gender equity laws.
    • You have the right to contact the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) for information on gender equity laws.
    • You have the right to file a confidential discrimination complaint with the United States Office for Civil Rights (OCR) or CDE if you believe you have been discriminated against or received unequal treatment on the basis of your sex.
    • You have the right to pursue civil remedies if you have been discriminated against.
    • You have the right to be protected from retaliation if you file a discrimination complaint.
    • Pregnant students and teen parents have a right to equal education, full participation, and they have the right to remain in their regular or current school program, including special education and non-public school placements, alternative/options programs, free and reduced lunch programs and services for English Learners, and any other programs for which they are otherwise qualified.   

    For more information regarding student rights under Title IX, please visit:

    The California Office of Equal Opportunity
    The United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights 

     

    How to File a Title IX Complaint

    Student complaints shall be submitted in written form in accordance with Board Policy 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures. If you are unable to prepare the complaint in writing, administrative staff shall help you do so.
     
    Complaints shall be submitted to:
    Dale Velk
    Title IX Coordinator - Director of Student Support
    District Support Center
    41870 McAlby Court
    Murrieta, CA 92563
    (951) 696-1600 ext.  1155
    Email:  dvelk@murrieta.k12.ca.us   
     

    Timeline for filing complaints

    Complaints must be filed within six months from the date when the alleged unlawful discrimination occurred, or from the date the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying that is based on gender. The time for filing may be extended up to 90 days by the Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee, for good cause, upon written request by the complainant setting forth the reasons for the request for an extension of time to file a written complaint. 
     

    Investigation Procedure

    All complaints shall be appropriately investigated in a timely manner. Within 10 business days after the Title IX Coordinator or his designee receives the complaint, he shall begin an investigation into the complaint. The investigation shall include an opportunity for the complainant, or the complainant’s representative, or both, to present the coordinator or designee, with any evidence, or information leading to evidence, to support the allegations in the complaint.  MVUSD shall issue a written decision based on the evidence within 60 calendar days from receipt of the written complaint.
     
    Any complainant who is dissatisfied with the district's final written decision may file an appeal in writing with the California Department of Education within 15 calendar days of receiving the district's decision.
     
    Complaints made by or on behalf of students may also be filed with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights within 180 calendar days of the date of the alleged discrimination, unless the time for filing is extended by the Office of Civil Rights for good cause shown under certain circumstances.

    Office for Civil Rights:

    San Francisco Office for Civil Rights

    U.S. Department of Education

    Phone:  (415) 486-5555

    Email:  ocr.sanfrancisco@ed.gov

     

    Additional Resources

     

     

     

Last Modified on October 30, 2018