Statement of Title VI, VII, and Title IX
In compliance with regulations implementing Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1973, and applicable state laws, the Board of Education prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin, sex, ancestry, sexual orientation, or past or present physical or mental disability. Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, direct or indirect demands or requests for sexual favors, sexual comments, gestures or other physical actions of a sexual nature when:
- submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's educational success;
- submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for educational decisions affecting such individual; or such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment.
The District Titles VI and VII and IX Coordinator is:
Marco Gaylord, Director of District Operations and, Fine Arts
311 Hunting Hill Avenue
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 638-1485 or (860) 638-1465
Fax: (860) 638-1425
Inquiries may be directed to the coordinator or to the Boston Office:
Region I - Boston (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)
Regional Office for Civil Rights
US Department of Education
8th Floor, 5 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 0109-3921
Voice phone (617) 289-0111
FAX (617) 289-0150
TDD (877) 521-2172
Grievance procedures are available which provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging violations of Titles VI and VII and Title IX. These procedures are available to all participants, students and employees in the Middletown School System and are contained in this handbook.
Notification of Grievance Procedures
The Middletown Board of Education is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, marital status, military or Veteran status, national origin, sex, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or past or present physical or mental disability in any of its education programs, activities or employment policies. In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, the following grievance procedure is presented:
The purpose of this procedure shall be to settle equitably, at the lowest possible administrative level, issues which may arrive with respect to possible discrimination within the Middletown School System. The grievance proceedings will be kept as informal and confidential as may be appropriate at any level of the procedure.
1. Level One - School Principal/Building-Level Title IX Coordinator
If a complainant is not satisfied with the disposition of the problem through informal procedures, he/she may submit his/her claim as a formal grievance in writing to the Principal.
The Principal shall within fifteen (15) days render a decision and the reasons therefore in writing to the complainant, with a copy to the Superintendent of Schools.
2. Level Two – District Coordinator for Title IX Activities
In the event that such aggrieved participant in the school system is not satisfied with the disposition of his/her grievance at Level One, or in the event that no decision has been rendered within fifteen (15) days after presentation of the grievance, he/she may file a written grievance directly to the District Title IX Coordinator.
This use of the Level Two process may be initiated at any time during the school fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) in which a Level One decision is unacceptable to the aggrieved party.
3. Level Three - Board of Education
In the event that the aggrieved participant in the school system is not satisfied with the disposition of his/her grievance at Level Two, or in the event no decision has been rendered within fifteen (15) days after the meeting with the Coordinator, he/she may file a written grievance indicating such dissatisfaction, with the Chairperson of the Middletown Board of Education.
The use of the Level Three process may be effected at any time during the school year (July 1 - June 30) in which a Level Two decision is unacceptable to the aggrieved party. Within twenty (20) school days after receiving the written grievance, the Board of Education shall meet with the aggrieved party and the Coordinator for the purpose of resolving the grievance. The Board of Education must render a decision in writing regarding the grievance within fifteen (15) school days of the Level Three meeting.
Click here to be directed to the Title IX website.