New Mexico Public Education Department
PED’s Title IX Policy of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in education program or activities, which receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX 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 program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance".
The New Mexico Public Education Department, including its Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, supports Title IX. The Public Education Department values diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, disability, age or sexual orientation in its programs and activities. Anyone who believes that they have been subjected to sex-discrimination under any educational program or activity of the Public Education Department receiving any federal financial assistance should contact the Title IX coordinator designated below. A copy of PED Policy 10, the Title IX Complaint Form, and a link to the NM Human Rights Division website can be found on the PED website: www.ped.state.nm.us.
TITLE IX COMPLAINT PROCEDURE
PERSONNEL POLICY NUM.10 COMPLAINT POLICY 5-30-06
EMPLOYEE FORMAL COMPLAINT & TITLE IX GRIEVANCE FORM
HUMAN RIGHTS GENERAL PROVISIONS
CHARGE OF DISCRIMINATION FORM
Title IX Coordinator
PED and District Title IX Inquiries
Mr. Dean Hopper, M.A. Ed.
School and Family Support Bureau
120 S. Federal Place, Room 206
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Stop Sexual Assault in Schools (SSAIS.org) recently announced the launch of its unique website that provides a practical, one-stop resource for students, families, and school administrators. The SSAIS website educates students about their Title IX right to an education free from sexual harassment and violence, identifies resources for survivors, makes the reporting process simple, provides sample complaints, and empowers through its engaging toolkit programs.
New Guidance from U.S. Department of Education Reminds Schools of Obligation to Designate Title IX Coordinator
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights today released a guidance package emphasizing the responsibility of school districts, colleges and universities to designate a Title IX coordinator. The package also contains an overview of the law's requirements in several key areas, including athletics, single-sex education, sex-based harassment, and discipline.
Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Catherine E. Lhamon, released a Dear Colleague letter for states, school districts and schools. The purpose of the letter is to provide states, school districts, and schools with applicable research and effective strategies in order to meet compliance with the Title IX law. The letter explains the importance of making sure students have equal access to educational resources such as academic and extracurricular programs, strong teaching, technology and instructional materials, and safe school facilities, so that they have an equal opportunity to succeed in school, careers and in life.
The guidance can be accessed at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-resourcecomp-201410.pdf.
USDE Q & A on Title IX and Single-Sex Elementary and Secondary Classes and Extracurricular Activities