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1201 Felta Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Phone: (707) 433-3923
Fax: (707) 433-7341
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info@westsideusd.org

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TITLE IX: GENDER EQUITY / PROHIBITING SEX-BASED DISCRIMINATION
Below are the TITLE IX policies of West Side Union School District
(The Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) has some further information at their webpage: scoe.org/pub/htdocs/titlenine.html)

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) is a federal law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in all educational programs and activities, including athletic programs. 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 educational program or activity operated by West Side Union School District (WSUSD). Title IX protects all participants in WSUSD's educational programs and activities, including students, parents, employees, and job applicants. WSUSD does not discriminate on the basis of sex. Discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment and sexual violence.

In addition to Title IX, the California Education Code prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in schools. (California Education Code §§ 220-221.1.) Other state and federal laws also prohibit discrimination and ensure equality in education. Please refer to an overview of all WSUSD's nondiscrimination policies and the following specific policies and procedures regarding sexual harassment:

Information provided here applies to every Sonoma County (SCOE) school site and all WSUSD programs and activities.


Your Rights Under Title IX

  • You have the right to fair and equitable treatment and you shall not be discriminated against based on your sex.
  • You have the right to be provided with an equitable opportunity to participate in all academic extracurricular activities, including athletics.
  • You have the right to have access to a sex/gender equity coordinator, referred to as the Title IX Coordinator (find contact information below), to answer questions regarding sex/gender equity laws.
  • You have the right to contact the State Department of Education and the California Interscholastic Federation to access information on sex/gender equity laws.
  • You have the right to file a confidential discrimination complaint with the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the California Department of Education if you believe you have been discriminated against or if you believe you have received unequal treatment on the basis of your sex.
  • You have the right to pursue civil remedies if you have been discriminated against.
  • You have the right to be protected against retaliation if you file a discrimination complaint.

– (California Education Code § 221.8.)

At this time WSUSD does not provide the following items related to athletics, but you have the right to receive equitable treatment and benefits in the provision of all of the following if any are provided by WSUSD in the future:

  • Equipment and supplies;
  • Scheduling of games and practices;
  • Transportation and daily allowances;
  • Access to tutoring;
  • Coaching;
  • Locker rooms;
  • Practice and competitive facilities;
  • Medical and training facilities and services; and
  • Publicity.

WSUSD's Responsibilities

WSUSD has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to sex-based discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. If WSUSD knows or reasonably should know about sex discrimination, it must take action to eliminate the sex discrimination, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. WSUSD must resolve complaints of sex discrimination promptly and equitably. Information on filing a complaint alleging sex-based discrimination is below, including contact information for WSUSD's Title IX Coordinator.

For more information specific to anti-discrimination in WSUSD employment, please contact the Title IX Coordinator (contact information below).

Learn more about your rights under Title IX:

WSUSD's Title IX coordinator oversees compliance with Title IX requirements and promotes sex equity in SCOE programs.

Rhonda Bellmer, Superintendent/Principal
West Side Union School District
1201 Felta Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
707-433-3923 | rbellmer@westsideusd.org

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.

A student, 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 SCOE's Uniform Complaint Procedure by sending a complaint to WSUSD's Title IX Coordinator (contact information listed above).

Uniform Complaint Procedure Complaints pertaining to Title IX issues could be filed by utilizing the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) as identified in California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Sections 4600 et. seq.
For the UCP form and additional information see the links below.

Uniform Complaint Procedures and Resolution of Discrimination/Harassment Complaint

If you need assistance putting your complaint in writing, please contact the office at 707-433-3923. You may file a complaint anonymously, but WSUSD'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 http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html. The electronic complaint form for the Office for Civil Rights is available online at https://ocrcas.ed.gov.

Contact the Office for Civil Rights at:
San Francisco Office
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
50 United Nations Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94102
Telephone: (415) 486-5555
Fax: (415) 486-5570; TDD: (800) 877-8339
Email: ocr.sanfrancisco@ed.gov

Complaints filed under WSUSD's Uniform Complaint Procedure will be investigated and a decision made within sixty calendar days of the WSUSD's receipt, unless the complainant agrees to an extension. WSUSD's compliance officer or designee may interview alleged victims, alleged offenders, and relevant witnesses. The compliance officer may review available records, statements, or notes related to the complaint, including evidence or information received from the parties during the investigation. The compliance officer may visit reasonably accessible locations where discrimination is alleged to have occurred. As appropriate, WSUSD's compliance officer periodically will inform the parties of the status of the investigation. The complainant will be notified when a decision is made. Complaints that are not filed under WSUSD's Uniform Complaint Procedure will be investigated and decided pursuant to the applicable procedure.

What Happens After the Investigation

For complaints filed under the Uniform Complaint Procedure, the compliance officer will prepare and send a final written decision to the complainant and respondent, if any, within 15 working days of WSUSD's receipt of the complaint (unless this deadline is extended by mutual agreement).

If the complainant or respondent is not satisfied with the decision, either the complainant or respondent may, within five business days, file the complaint in writing with the Board. The Board may consider the matter at a Board meeting or decide not to hear the complaint, in which case the compliance officer’s decision shall be final.

The complainant or respondent may appeal WSUSD's decision within fifteen calendar days to the California Department of Education. The appeal must specify the reason for the appeal and whether WSUSD's facts are incorrect and/or the law is misapplied. The appeal must include a copy of the original complaint to WSUSD and a copy of WSUSD's decision. For more information, visit the California Department of Education’s webpage on Uniform Complaint Procedures: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cp/uc/index.asp.

For complaints alleging unlawful discrimination based on state law, the complainant may pursue available civil law remedies, including seeking assistance from mediation centers or public/private interest attorneys, sixty calendar days after filing an appeal with the California Department of Education. (California Education Code § 262.3.) Note that this sixty day moratorium does not apply to complaints seeking injunctive relief in state courts or to discrimination complaints based on federal law. (California Education Code § 262.3.)

Complaints may also be filed with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, within 180 days of the alleged discrimination. For contact information, see the section above on “How do I file a complaint of sex discrimination?” For more information, visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html.

If the compliance officer finds that a complaint has merit, WSUSD will take appropriate corrective action.

Learn More

For more information regarding Title IX and sex equity in education or in WSUSD employment, please contact WSUSD's Title IX Coordinator.