Title IX

Title IX

The School Board takes seriously its obligations to ensure that no student or employee suffers discrimination on the basis of sex, as defined in Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972.  Title IX is a federal law, enacted in 1972 states: No person in the United States 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 receiving Federal financial assistance.

Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in educational programs or activities that receive financial assistance.  Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment, which is defined as conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:

  • An employee of the division conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the division on participation in unwelcome conduct;
  • Unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would determine to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the division’s education program or activity;
  • Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking, as defined by applicable law.

Reporting Harassment/Discrimination  

Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. Such a report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number or electronic mail address, or by mail to the office address, listed for the Title IX Coordinator.  


Retaliation against an individual who reports sexual harassment or participated in any related proceeding is strictly prohibited.


Harassment Report Form

Next Steps

After a report of sexual harassment has been submitted, the Title IX Coordinator will reach out to the individual affected by the alleged misconduct, provide supportive measures, discuss the grievance policy, and offer the opportunity for the complainant to file a formal complaint if the behavior meets the Title IX definition of sexual harassment.  If a formal complaint is filed, appropriate steps will immediately be taken to investigate. Upon completing the investigation, the outcome will be shared with all stakeholders. Stakeholders will have 10 days to respond before an official investigation report is issued to the decision-maker and another 10 days to respond to the final investigation report.  After that, the official decision will be issued and both parties will be informed of the outcome.


Appeal Procedures

In the Title IX process, if a person does not like the outcome of the decision maker, they can appeal to the Appellant Decision Maker for a review of the case if one of the grounds of appeal below is satisfied.


Grounds for appeal include:

  • A procedural irregularity that affected the outcome of the matter
  • Newly discovered evidence that could affect the outcome
  • A discovery that Title IX personnel had a conflict of interest or bias that affected the outcome

Training Material Links

Title IX: Best Practices in Training and Compliance Level I (Sands Anderson, PC)

Title IX: Best Practices in Training and Compliance Level II (Sands Anderson, PC)

Institutional Compliance Solutions Title IX Training


In addition, inquiries about the application of Title IX also may be directed to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education. For contact information, please visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/contactus2.html.



Contact Information

Title IX email:  [email protected]
Fax:  540-261-2967
Juliet Gibson
Director of Student Services/School Psychologist
Title IX Coordinator/Compliance Officer
2329 Chestnut Avenue, Suite A
Buena Vista, VA  24416
Ph:  540-261-2887
[email protected]

Mark Wheeler
Title IX Investigator/
Director of School Counseling
Parry McCluer High School
100 Bradford Drive
Buena Vista, VA  24416
[email protected]

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