TITLE IX, Harassment, Intimidation, Discrimination, Bullying & Anti-Retaliation Policy & Forms
Garvey/Allen STEAM Academy desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities. Garvey/Allen STEAM Academy prohibits unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any Achiever based on actual race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, gender non-conformance, or gender stereotyping; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
Garvey/Allen STEAM Academy recognizes it is legally responsible for addressing harassment incidents about which it knows or reasonably should have known. Garvey/Allen STEAM Academy employees shall take immediate and appropriate action to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred when put on notice that an Achiever has been subjected to harassment.
Federal Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), implemented at 34 C.F.R. § 106.31, subd. (a), provides that no person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any academic, extracurricular, research, occupational training, or other education program or activity operated by a recipient which receives federal financial assistance. Relevant here, Title IX requires school districts to take immediate and appropriate action to investigate when it knows or reasonably should know of a possible Title IX violation. To view our full policy, please click the link below.
FILING A COMPLAINT
A complaint alleging unlawful discrimination or retaliation must be filed no later than six months from the date the discrimination or retaliation occurred, or six months from when the complainant first learned of the unlawful discrimination. The Superintendent or designee may extend this timeline by up to ninety days for good cause, upon written request by the complainant setting forth the reasons for the extension.
An Achiever, parent, guardian, employee, individual, or organization may file a written complaint alleging discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying on the basis of a protected characteristic under Garvey/Allen STEAM Academy’s Uniform Complaint Procedure by sending a complaint to Garvey/Allen STEAM Academy’s Title IX Coordinator:
Rochelle Tawiah, Ed.D.
Garvey/Allen Visual & Performing Arts Academy
Riverside, CA 92502
If you need assistance putting your complaint in writing, please contact Personnel Services at 951-826-6673 or [email protected]. You may file a complaint anonymously, but Garvey/Allen STEAM Academy’s ability to investigate and respond may be limited by a lack of information.
You may also file a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. For more information, visit the US Department of Education. Also available is the Electronic Complaint Form for the Office for Civil Rights.
Contact the Office for Civil Rights at:
San Francisco Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
50 United Nations Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 486-5570 (FAX)
(800) 877-8339 (TDD)
For information about how to file other types of complaints and the procedures for those complaints, contact Garvey/Allen STEAM Academy’s Title IX coordinator.