Title IX

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex based discrimination, including sexual harassment. This federal law defines sexual harassment as any instance of quid pro quo harassment by a school’s employee; any unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would find so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it denies a person equal educational access; any instance of sexual assault (as defined in the Clery Act), dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as defined in the Violence Against Women Act (VA WA).

Examples of potential Title IX violations:

1) Harassment or discrimination based on sex or gender identity or expression
2) Harassment or discrimination based on Pregnant or Parenting status
3) Bullying or harassment in the form of:

-Comments, threats, gestures, or rumors of a sexual nature
-Sharing/showing images/videos of a sexual nature
-Non-consensual sex acts
-Sex-based inequity in athletics

How to Report:

Students:

If a student has been subject to conduct by any student, employee or third party that constitutes a violation of the District’s anti-harassment or nondiscrimination policy(s), the student or their parent/guardian, is encouraged to immediately report the incident in any of the following ways:

1) Complete the online Bullying/Harassment reporting form
2) Call the Bullying/Harassment hotline at  215-400-SAFE
3) Submit a report via Safe2Say
4) Email the Student Title IX Coordinator directly at antiharassment@philasd.org
5) Report the incident to the building principal or designee, or to any other member of the school staff, including teachers,
guidance counselors, bilingual counseling assistants (BCA’s), coaches and administrators.

Employees:

An employee or third party who believes they have been subject to conduct by any employee or third party​​ that constitutes a violation of the District’s anti-harassment or nondiscrimination policy(s) is encouraged to immediately report the incident in any of the following ways:

1) Report the incident to the building principal or the immediate supervisor
2) Complete the online Employee Discrimination and Harassment reporting form
3) Contact Labor Relations at 215-400-4600
4) Email the Employee Title IX Coordinator directly at employeetitleIXcomplaints@philasd.org

Mandatory Reporting:

Any employee who witnesses, suspects or is notified that a student has been subject to conduct that constitutes a Title IX violation shall immediately report the incident by using the online form.

Board of Education Title IX policies:

Board of Education policies 248 and 348 outline the procedures for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging sex/gender discrimination, sexual misconduct or retaliation, all of which are prohibited by Title IX.

Policy 248: Harassment and Discrimination of Students
Policy 348: Harassment and Discrimination of Employees
Administrative Procedures for Policy 348

Related Information: 

Policy 824: Maintaining Professional Adult/Student Boundaries
Policy 249: Bullying and Cyberbullying
Policy 234: Pregnant/Parenting/Married Students
Policy 102: Multiracial/Multicultural/Gender education
Policy 252: Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students
Policy 103: Non Discrimination in School and Classroom Practices
Notice of Non-Discrimination
Code of Conduct
Parent appeals

Title IX Training Materials 

 

Contact Us   

Concerns or inquiries regarding sex discrimination, harassment, or retaliation can be made to the School District’s Title IX Coordinators or to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Inquiries related to students:
Title IX Coordinator

Andrea Prince
440 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
215-400-4830

Inquiries related to employees:

Title IX Co-Coordinator
Ronak Chokshi
440 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
215-400-4600

Sports Equity Issues

Concerns or inquiries regarding sports equity should be directed to athletics@philasd.org or the TItle IX Coordinator.