DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 216
October 21, 2005
Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
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.
Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), with the assistance of the U.S. Department
of Education District of Columbias Office for Civil Rights and the
Wednesday, December 7, 2005, at the
(804) 379-3800, located at
Thursday, December 8, 2005, at the
*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.