The Eastside Union School District is committed to providing a safe school environment that allows all students, regardless of their gender, equal access to and opportunities in the District’s academic, extracurricular, and other educational support programs, services, and activities free from discrimination of any kind.
What is Title IX
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is one of several federal and state anti-discrimination laws that ensure equality in educational programs and activities that receive federal funding. All students (as well as employees) are protected by Title IX – regardless of their sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, or national origin – in all aspects of the District’s educational programs and activities. California law further provides that students may not be discriminated against based on their parental, family, or marital status, and pregnant and parenting students may not be excluded from participating in any educational program, including extracurricular activities, for which they qualify. Title IX ensures that students (as well as employees) are not excluded, separated, denied benefits to, or otherwise treated differently on the basis of sex unless expressly authorized to do so under state or federal law in areas including, but not limited to: recruitment, admissions, and counseling; financial assistance; athletics; sex-based harassment , which encompasses sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence; treatment of pregnant and parenting students; treatment of LGBTQI+ students; discipline; single-sex education; and employment.
Title IX requires the District to take immediate and appropriate action to address any potential Title IX violations that are brought to its attention. Neither the District nor other person may intimidate, threaten, coerce, or discriminate against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX or its implementing regulations, or because the individual has made a report or complaint, testified, assisted, or participated or refused to participate in a proceeding under Title IX.
Title IX Coordinator
The District has designated the individual identified below as responsible for coordinating the District’s efforts to comply with Title IX, as well as to oversee, investigate, and/or resolve sexual harassment complaints processed under the Uniform Complaint Procedures:
Mr. Daryl Bell
Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Services
44938 30th Street East
Lancaster, California 93535
(661) 951-1200 Ext. 8221
The following are materials used to train the Title IX Coordinator, investigator(s), decision-maker(s), and any person who facilitates an informal resolution process: (This information will be updated soon.)
Rights Under Title IX
Under Title IX and California laws, students in the Eastside Union School District have the right to:
- Fair and equitable treatment and not be discriminated against based on sex.
- Not be required to take and/or be denied enrollment in a course based on the student’s gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
- Not be subjected to separate or different rules of behavior, sanctions, or other treatment, such as discriminatory discipline policies and practices, based on sex.
- Be provided with an equitable opportunity to participate in all academic extracurricular activities, including athletics.
- Inquire of the school’s athletic director as to the athletic opportunities offered by the school.
- Apply for athletic scholarships.
- Receive equitable treatment and benefits in the provision of all of the following: 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.
- Access to a gender equity coordinator to answer questions regarding gender equity laws.
- Contact the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) to access information on gender equity laws.
- File a confidential discrimination complaint with the United States Office for Civil Rights (OCR) or CDE if discrimination, or unequal treatment, on the basis of sex has occurred.
- Pursue civil remedies as a result of having been discriminated against.
- Be protected against retaliation for filing a discrimination complaint.
Filing a Complaint
Any individual may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, to the Title IX Coordinator or any other school employee at any time, including during non-business hours, by mail, phone, or email. During district business hours, reports may also be made in person. A complaint alleging unlawful discrimination or retaliation must be filed six months from the date of the alleged conduct or the date the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged conduct. The Superintendent or designee may extend this timeline by up to ninety days for good cause, upon a written request by the complainant setting forth the reasons for the extension.
Upon receiving an allegation of sexual harassment, the Title IX Coordinator will promptly notify the parties, in writing, of the applicable district complaint procedure:
Sexual Harassment – BP 5145.7 | AR 5145.7
Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint – AR 5145.71[MHdB1]
Uniform Complaint Procedures – BP 1312.3 | AR 1312.3
An appeal of the District’s investigation report under the Uniform Complaint Procedures to the California Department of Education is provided here.
A complainant may also pursue the complaint by contacting the U.S. Department Office for Civil Rights (see contact information below under “Other Resources”) and/or pursue civil law remedies, including, but not limited to, injunctions, restraining orders, or other remedies or orders that may be available under state or federal discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying laws, if applicable.
California Department of Education
Gender Equity/Title IX – http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/eo/genequitytitleix.asp
Office of Equal Opportunity – https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/or/oeo.asp
Uniform Complaint Procedures – https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cp/uc/index.asp
Education Equity UCP Appeals Office, (916) 319-8239
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights, Title IX – https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/tix_dis.html
Office for Civil Rights, Filing a Complaint – https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Phone: (800) 421-3481, TDD (800) 877-8339