Title IX

Title IX

South Putnam Community School Corporation does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs which it operates either in employment therein or admission thereto in accordance with Title IX. Mrs. Tona Gardner has been designated by the Corporation as the Title IX Coordinator. Her work address is 1780 East U.S. Highway 40, Greencastle, IN 46135. Her email is tgardner@sputnam.k12.in.us.  She can be reached by phone at 765.653.3148.

Defining Sexual Harassment – 34 CFR 106.44(e)(1) The sexual harassment actionable under Title IX is within any of three types of behavior: (1) A school employee conditioning an educational benefit or service upon a person’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct (often called quid pro quo harassment); or (2) Unwelcome conduct on the basis of sex that is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the school’s education program or activity, or (3) Sexual assault.

Procedures:
Formal complaints of sexual harassment or discrimination at South Putnam Middle or High School should be addressed to the Principal or Assistant Principal.  The Title IX Coordinator will meet with the alleged victim to discuss supportive measures and the process for filing a formal complaint.  No investigation of alleged sexual harassment may occur until after a formal complaint has been filed. The formal complaint must be filed by the alleged victim or his or her parent/guardian. It must describe the sexual harassment allegations and request that the school district investigate.  The school-based Title IX Coordinator may initiate a formal complaint and investigation on his or her own if the decision is not clearly unreasonable in light of the known circumstances (e.g., alleged perpetrator may pose an ongoing safety threat). An investigator, often the assistant principal, will lead the investigation after the formal complaint is in place and written notice is given to the involved individuals and their parents/guardians. The investigator will gather and review evidence, and prepare an investigative report; the involved individuals and their parents/guardians may review and respond to the report. The decision-maker, often the principal, provides an opportunity for involved individuals and their parents/guardians to prepare written questions to be answered by the other side. The decision-maker will then review all materials and make a written responsibility determination – an impartial determination as to whether the alleged conduct occurred – including sanctions and/or disciplinary action.  The school may dismiss a formal complaint if the alleged perpetrator is no longer enrolled or no longer employed by the school district; the alleged victim and his or her parents/guardians notifies the Title IX Coordinator in writing that the formal complaint or any allegations therein are withdrawn; or specific circumstances prevent the school district from gathering evidence sufficient to reach a determination regarding the formal complaint or allegations therein. 
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