COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 216

October 21, 2005

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 (VDOE), with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Education District of Columbias Office for Civil Rights and the Mid-Atlantic Equity Center, will offer two informational forums for state and school divisions Title IX coordinators as follows:

 

Wednesday, December 7, 2005, at the Koger Center,

(804) 379-3800, located at 1021 Koger Center Boulevard in Richmond, Virginia.

 

Thursday, December 8, 2005, at the Clarion Hotel Roanoke Airport (504) 362-4500, located at 3315 Ordway Drive in Roanoke, Virginia.

 *Each forum is accessible to individuals with disabilities.

 

Both forums will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. A limited number of rooms are available at each facility at the state rate. However, the VDOE will not reimburse participants travel expenses. Please complete and return the attached registration form (Attachment A) no later than November 28, 2005. Each Title IX coordinator is encouraged to attend one of these forums. Directions and hotel information are provided in Attachment B.

 

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 a brief overview of fundamental civil rights issues and Title IX regulatory requirements. Additionally, Title IX coordinators will receive guidance on grievance procedure requirements and investigating Title IX complaints.

 

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, Sandra.Ruffin@doe.virginia.gov, director of federal program monitoring, at (804) 225-2768, or you may contact Dr. Bondy Shay Gibson, Bondy.Gibson@doe.virginia.gov, monitoring specialist, at (804) 225-2618.

 

JLD/SER/bsg

 

Attachments

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2005/inf216a.doc

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2005/inf216b.pdf