TITLE IX Required Notices
Who is the Title IX Coordinator for Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District?
- The District's Title IX Coordinator is Michele Borges, Principal at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District.
Title IX Compliance Training
Where can I get more information on the rights of a pupil and the public and the responsibilities of the public school under Title IX?
Is there a statue of limitations for filing an alleged incident of harassment or discrimination?
- Any parent, guardian, individual, organization has the right to file a written complaint of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying on the basis of a protected characteristic within six months from the date the alleged incident occurred or the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged incident. Complaints involving sexual harassment as defined under the Title IX regulations, are not limited to the six months statute of limitations.
How may as discrimination complaint be filed beyond the statute of limitaions?
- The timeline for filing a complaint of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying under Uniform Complaint Procedures is extended by the Superintendent or designee, upon written request by the complainant setting forth the reasons for the extension. Such extension by the Superintendent or designee shall be made in writing. The period for filing may be extended by the Superintendent or designee for good cause for a period not to exceed 90 days following the expiration of the six month time period. The Superintendent shall respond immediately upon a receipt of a request for extension.
How are discrimination complaints investigated?
- The District's Title IX Coordinator's Office timestamps new complaints of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying when received and provides an acknowledgment letter framing the allegations under the jurisdiction of the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) or under the jurisdiction of Title IX and referring a complainant to appropriate offices and resources for issues not under formal complaint jurisdiction. The investigator assigned has 60 calendar days from office receipt to investigate the complaint and to send a letter with findings to relevant parties. The 60-day timeline may be extended only by mutual agreement of the complainant and the District under UCP and for good cause under Title IX. During the investigative process, the investigator contacts complainant and other applicable parties requesting data and responses. The District includes opportunities for the parties to present evidence or information, ask questions, and receive answers to support the allegations. The District will ensure that, within 60 days of receipt of the written complaint, the complaint has been resolved and/or investigated and that a written report of findings or final determination is issued to the complainant. The written report contains the allegations, method of investigation, policy, findings, conclusions, appeal options and corrective actions, if applicable.
How may I file a discrimination complaint?
- Any individual, public agency or organization may file a written complaint alleging a violation by the District of federal or state laws or regulations governing the programs and activities, as well as allegations of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying, under the District’s Uniform Complaint procedure by sending the complaint to:
- A complaint may be filed anonymously if it provides evidence or information leading to evidence to support an allegation of noncompliance. Complainants making a verbal complaint shall be referred to an administrator/designee who will assist any person with a disability or unable to prepare a written complaint.
- A discrimination complaint may be filed with the Office for Civil Rights:
San Francisco Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
Phone: (415) 486-5555