Ensuring a supportive, safe and equitable learning environment.

Title IX Protections



What is Title IX?

No person---student or staff---shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity. The PUHSD has a policy that addresses Title IX and non-discrimination, and it is committed to ensuring a safe and equitable learning and work environment.

Many think Title IX only addresses equal access to athletic opportunities, but Title IX is much more comprehensive as it relates to non-discrimination and equal access. As a societal issue, it has been given heightened media attention during the recent #MeToo and #TimesUp hashtag campaigns about hostile work and learning environments. 



What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is "unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is severe, persistent or pervasive and has a negative impact on a student's ability to benefit from the educational environment." Source: Lozano Smith
  • Flirtations or propositions
  • Derogatory comments
  • Sexual jokes or gestures
  • Spreading sexual rumors
  • Unwanted touching
  • Comments on a person's body
What is sexual assault?
  • Sexual acts without consent based on coercion
  • Examples include rape, rape and seduction or sodomy.
  • Also, lewd and lascivious acts, oral copulation, sexual penetration.
What is sexual battery?
  • Touching a person's intimate part against the person's will
  • Touching for the specific purpose of sexual arousal, gratification, or abuse
  • Touch through direct physical contact or through clothing of either person
What is sexual bullying?
  • Non-consensual "sexting"
  • Sending sexually explicit texts or images with the intent to bully
  • Spreading sexual rumors online with intent to inflict reputation harm
  • Sex-ploitation



Who can I ask for help?
A person with a discrimination concern or harassment complaint may contact a counselor, administrator, teacher, nurse, mental health professional, psychologist, office staff or law enforcement. One is also encouraged to contact our Title IX liaisons listed on this webpage. 

Will a report be required?
It is critically important---in order to maintain a person's safety and to preserve a healthy learning and working environment---that a report is made if there is mistreatment or if a person is experiencing sexual harassment or abuse.

How do I file a complaint?
The district liaison can assist you in completing a formal complaint. The procedure is also available for the complainant to follow on their own and present to the school district by way of the Superintendent's office. (see: administrative regulation of complaint procedure)

Will my complaint be confidential?
It will depend upon the complaint. In many cases, however, the safety of the individual will require an investigation that will involve naming names. This should not deter a person from reporting an incident, whether involving themselves or others.

What other supports are available?
There are several interim supports for students that may be offered during an investigation: schedule changes, counseling, academic support, etc. Please ask the liaison for the supports available in a particular situation.
Title IX Co-Liaison
email
530.886.4434

Eric Vereyken
Title IX Co-Liaison
email
530.886.4401



Contact Info

Map & Directions
District Address
13000 New Airport Rd. 
Auburn, CA 95603

Human Resources
530.886.4406
Master Calendar



Board Policies

Sexual Harassment - students
Sexual Harassment - adults
Uniform Complaint Procedure