Title IX - Equity
"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal assistance."
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to the Civil Rights Act of 1964
The District Title IX Coordinator is:
Elizabeth K. Nocera
Director of Grant Services
311 Hunting Hill Avenue
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 638-1414
Fax: (860) 638-1425
Statement of Title IX
In compliance with regulations implementing 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, gender identity or expression, 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 coordinator for Title IX is Elizabeth K. Nocera, Director of Grant Services, 311 Hunting Hill Avenue, Middletown, CT 06457 (Tel: 860-638-1414). Inquiries may also be directed to the coordinator or to the Regional Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Education, 8th Floor, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617-289-0111; FAX: 617-289-0150; TDD: 877-521-2172 Email: OCR.Boston@ed.gov
Grievance procedures are available which provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging violations of Title IX. These procedures are available to all participants, students and employees in the Middletown School System.
Notification of Grievance Procedures
Please be informed that 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.
Further, 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.
A. Level One - Principal or Immediate Supervisor
Any participant in the school system - parent, student or employee - with a grievance or dispute shall first discuss it with his/her school principal or immediate supervisor with the objective of resolving the matter informally.
The grievance may be communicated orally or in writing for this purpose.
B. Level Two – 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 five (5) school days after presentation of the grievance, he/she may file a written grievance directly to the 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.
C. 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 five (5) school 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 five (5) school days of the Level Three meeting.