Title IX Sexual Harassment
The Houston County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, genetics, disability, or sex in its employment practices, student programs and dealings with the public. It is the policy of the Board of Education to comply fully with the requirements of Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act and all accompanying regulations.
Any employee, student, applicant for employment, parent or other person, who believes sexual harassment has occurred, should complete the “Title IX Sexual Harassment Formal Complaint Form” and submit it to the Title IX Coordinator. The Coordinator may be contacted at 1100 Main Street, Perry, Georgia 31069, telephone number 478-988-6200, email address, TitleIX@hcbe.net. In all Title IX investigations, the District will use a preponderance of the evidence standard. The office of School Operations has assigned the following individuals for Title IX sexual harassment cases:
- Title IX Coordinator - Dr. Walter Stephens
- Investigator - Dr. Jody Dean
- Decision Maker - Dr. Dana Wiggins
- Appeals Representative - Dr. Cheryl Thomas
Sexual Harassment is defined pursuant to Federal Law, 34 C.F.R. § 106.30(a) as follows:
a) An employee of the District conditioning and provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the District on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct (i.e., quid pro quo sexual harassment);
b) Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the District’s education program or activity;
c) “Sexual assault” as defined in Federal Law 20 U.S.C. 1092(f)(6)(A)(v) and parallel provisions of the Georgia Official Code Annotated, “dating violence” as defined in Federal Law, 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(10), and parallel provisions of the Georgia Official Code Annotated, “domestic violence” as defined in Federal Law 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(8), or “stalking” as defined in Federal Law 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(30) and parallel provision of the Georgia Official Code Annotated.