Title IX Coordinator:
Mr. Michael Garrsion
Director of Human Resources
Tile IX at Oxford Area School District
Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sexual harassment, sexual violence, and discrimination on the basis of sex.
(Please note the Title IX page is under construction and being revised to meet the Aug. 14, 2020 mandate. Please contact the Title IX Coordinator by email with any questions)
What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Sex discrimination includes sex-based harassment, discrimination on the basis of sex, and retaliation related to complaints of sex discrimination. Sex-based harassment is unwelcome conduct which includes both sexual harassment, including but not limited to sexual assault, other forms of sexual violence and other sexual misconduct, and gender-based harassment. This applies to academic, educational, athletic, and residential programs.
OASD Title IX Policy (Pending School Board review for approval)
Training Materials for Title IX Personnel: § 106.45(b)(1)(iii) & § 106.45(b)(10)(i)(D)
The Title IX Rule requires schools’ Title IX personnel to be unbiased and free from conflicts of interest. Title IX personnel include the Title IX Coordinator, any investigator, any decision-maker, and any person who facilities an informal resolution. Effective August 14, 2020, all OASD Title IX personnel will be trained as follows and is ongoing:
- On Title IX’s definition of “sexual harassment” (5:03)
- On the scope of the school’s education program or activity (7:53)
- On how to serve impartially, including by avoiding prejudgment of the facts at issue (23:02)
- On how to conduct an investigation (39:17)
- On the grievance process (30:37)
- On how to avoid conflicts of interest and bias (50:20)
- Decision-makers must receive training on any technology to be used at a live hearing, and on issues of relevance of questions and evidence, including when questions and evidence about a complainant’s sexual predisposition or prior sexual behavior are not relevant
- Investigators must receive training on issues of relevance to create an investigative report that fairly summarizes relevant evidence (52:10)