COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 146

July 23, 2004

 

INFORMATIONAL


TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Technical Assistance for Title IX Coordinators -- Ensuring Equal Access to Quality Education

 

 

One requirement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education for all institutions, is that every state and local education agency appoint a Title IX designee responsible for the implementation of this law and receive training to help them meet their obligations. Title IX also includes student-on-student sexual harassment in schools as a subject of discrimination complaints.

 

The Virginia Department of Education, with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Education District of Columbias Office for Civil Rights, will offer two drive-in informational forums for school divisions Title IX coordinators as follows:

 

Monday, August 30, 2004, at the Sheraton Park South Hotel, located at 9901 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, Virginia

 

Tuesday, August 31, 2004, at the Holiday Inn-Wytheville, located at U.S. 11, I-81 & I-77, 1800 East Main Street, Wytheville, Virginia

 

Both forums will begin at 9:45 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. Please complete and return the attached registration form no later than August 18, 2004. Each local Title IX coordinator is encouraged to attend one of these forums.

 

Title IX requires school divisions to have well-published policies against discrimination, including sexual harassment, and to have procedures for students and their families to raise and resolve issues concerning discrimination. The informational forums will provide an overview of fundamental civil rights issues, along with expert interpretations of the latest court cases and administrative rulings. Title IX coordinators will understand why decisions were handed down and how they impact their everyday challenges. In addition, Title IX coordinators will receive guidance about sexual harassment, including criteria, examples, and suggested prevention, investigation, and resolution procedures.

 

We look forward to working with Title IX coordinators to ensure compliance with the requirements and equal access to quality education. For more information, you may contact Dr. Sandra E. Ruffin (sruffin@mail.vak12ed.edu), director of federal program monitoring, at (804) 225-2768, or you may contact Horace P. Webb (hwebb@mail.vak12ed.edu), monitoring specialist, at (804) 225-2618.

 

JLD/ser

 

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