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Nondiscrimination and Harassment

The Governing Board desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district's academic, extracurricular, and other educational support programs, services, and activities. The Board prohibits, at any district school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying, targeted at any student by anyone, based on the student's actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
 
Complaint forms are available at school sites and at the Centralized Enrollment Center, located at 34200 Alvarado Niles Road, Union City, California 94587. For further information, call 510-476-2625. BOARD POLICY 0410

 TITLE IX

 

Title IX:   “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 education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

 

-Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

 

New Haven Unified School District Title IX Officer

Cheri Benafield

Coordinator, Personnel Services

34200 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City, CA  94587

cbenafield@nhusd.k12.ca.us

(510) 471-1100

 

Complaint Hearing Officer

Marcus Lam

Director, Pupil Services

34200 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City, CA  94587

(510) 471-1100

mlam@nhusd.k12.ca.us

 

 

  1. District Policies on Sexual Harassment, Harassment and Nondiscrimination available in the links below.
  2. All staff receives annual training on District Policies regarding Mandating Reporting through Keenan Safe Schools. Sexual Harassment & Harassment training is also provided through this online service.
  3. Uniform complaint procedures available in the link below and disseminated to school site.
  4. Title IX: Know Your Rights, link below.
  5. Resolution of Discrimination/Harassment Complaint followed within 60 days as required by law: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/eo/complaint.asp

 

The following Internet resources are available to find more information regarding rights and responsibilities under Title IX:

California Department of Education Office of Equal Opportunity

United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

 

 

BULLYING
Discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying are not acceptable ways to treat others. California law and New Haven Unified School District policy prohibit discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on a student’s actual or perceived disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Students and families should let their site administration or their student’s teacher know if they see or experience discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying. You have the right to file a complaint and to have the school protect you.

Complaint forms are available below, on all school district web sites and in all school and administrative offices.

Complaint Form

Additional resources regarding bullying can be found at the California State Department of Education website at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss/se/bullyingprev.asp
 
TRANSGENDER STUDENT RIGHTS
The New Haven Unified School District believes all pupils and staff have the right to participate fully in the educational process, free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying. Each school in the district has an affirmative obligation to combat all forms of bias and a responsibility to provide an equal educational opportunity for all.
 
On August 12, 2013, Governor Brown signed into law California Assembly Bill 1266. This piece of legislation allows students to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with the student’s gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records. In short, students shall have access to the locker room and restroom facilities that corresponds to their gender identity asserted at school. This piece of legislation is effective January 1, 2014.

Restroom Accessibility:

Where available, a “gender-neutral” restroom may be used by any student who desires increased privacy, regardless of the underlying reason. The use of such a “gender-neutral” restroom shall be a matter of choice for a student and no student shall be compelled to use such restroom.

If the student feels that there is a reason or desire for increased privacy and safety, regardless of the underlying purpose or cause, the administrator is to provide the student with access to a reasonable alternative restroom such as a single stall “gender-neutral” restroom or the health office restroom.

Locker Room Accessibility:

Schools may provide a student access to a locker room facility that corresponds to the gender identity that the student asserts at school considering the available accommodation and the needs and privacy concerns of all students involved.

If there is a reason or request for increased privacy and safety, regardless of the underlying reason, any student may be provided access to a reasonable alternative locker room such as:
a.Use of a private area in the public area of the locker room facility (i.e., a nearby restroom stall with a door, an area separated by a curtain, or a P.E. instructor’s office in the locker room).
b. A separate changing schedule (either utilizing the locker room before or after the other students).
c. Use of a nearby private area (i.e., a nearby restroom or a health office restroom).

If you believe this policy may apply to your student, please encourage your student to identify and confide in a trusted adult on campus who can advocate and support him or her in developing a plan that meets your student’s needs.