What is Title IX?

A Federal Regulation that protects everyone, both students and staff, from sexual misconduct and discrimination regardless of:

  • Gender

  • Sexual Orientation

  • Gender Identity

  • Gender Expression

This means you have a right to be free from:

  • Unequal treatment in educational programs or employment

  • Sexual Harassment, such as unwelcome sexual advances, stalking or harassment on social media,

  • Sexual violence, such as sexual assault, dating violence or domestic violence

For more information or to report potential Title IX concerns, contact

Michele Widmier

Title IX Coordinator 310 10th Street Rupert, Idaho 83350

Office: (208)436-4727, extension 1154

Email: titleIX@minidokaschools.org

Fax (208) 436-6593

The Minidoka County School Board takes seriously its obligations to ensure that no student or employee suffers discrimination on the basis of sex, as defined in Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Title IX is a federal law, enacted in 1972 states: No person in the United States 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 protects people from discrimination based on sex in educational programs or activities that receive financial assistance. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment, which is defined as conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:

• An employee of the District conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the District on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct;

• Unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would determine to be so severe, pervasive, AND objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the District’s education program or activity;

• Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking, as defined in the Clery Act.

Reporting Harassment/Discrimination

Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by email, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. Such a report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number, email address, or by mail to the office address listed below for the Title IX Coordinator. To submit a report in writing, print off and complete the MCSD Harassment or Discrimination Reporting Form and submit it to the Title IX Coordinator.

Next Steps

After a report of sexual harassment has been made, the school and/or Title IX Coordinator will reach out to the individual affected by the alleged misconduct, provide supportive measures, discuss the grievance policy, and offer the opportunity for the complainant to file a formal complaint if the behavior meets the Title IX definition of sexual harassment. If a formal complaint is filed, appropriate steps will be taken to investigate. Upon completing the investigation, the outcome will be shared with all stakeholders.

Appeal Procedures

If a party does not agree with the final determination made by the school or has concerns of noncompliance with Title IX or actions that would be prohibited by Title IX, he/she may appeal the determination in accordance with MCSD Board Policy 375.00P.