Title IX - Gender Equity & Sexual Harassment
What is Title IX?
"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 of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX"), is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in all educational programs and activities, including athletic programs. No person 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 operated by the District. While Title IX began with a focus on discrimination and ensuring equity in sports, currently includes a major focus on prevention of and response to incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of sex, which includes promoting and maintaining a safe and respectful school environment free from sexual harassment or sexual violence. Sexual harassment and sexual violence are forms of sex discrimination in that they deny or limit an individual's ability to participate in and/or benefit from the FNSBSD's programs or activities.
Title IX information provided here applies to every school site and to all district programs and activities.
If you believe that you, your child or a member of our school district has experienced discrimination on the basis of sex, please immediately report the discrimination to a school administrator, Title IX Liaison, or directly to the Title IX/EEO Office.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Title IX/EEO Office is charged with fairly addressing and reported incidents of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence that affects our staff/faculty and our students. We highly encourage you to reach out to the Title IX Specialist or EEO Officer to report any suspected incidences of discrimination.
You can also report incidences of discrimination, assault or harassment via this website using i-Sight, as a secure form that sends reports directly to the Title IX Specialist and the EEO Officer.
The Title IX and EEO Office are committed to a prompt preliminary inquiry to determine if discrimination has occurred. If so, we will conduct an investigation that is thorough, reliable, impartial, prompt, and fair. We aim to resolve all investigations within sixty (60) days.
What are my rights under Title IX?
- Students have the right to equal learning opportunities in their school.
- Employees and students have the right to fair and equitable treatment and they shall not be discriminated against on the basis of sex.
- Students and employees may not be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to harassment or other forms of discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression in any program or activity.
- Students may not be required to take and or may not be denied enrollment in a course because of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
- Students have the right to be evaluated and graded without regard to their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
- Students must be provided counseling and guidance that is not discriminatory.
- Counselors may not urge students to enroll in particular classes or programs or activities based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
- Schools must offer female and male students equal opportunities to play sports.
- Equipment and supplies, game and practice schedules, budget, coaching and travel allowances, facilities, publicity, support services, and tutoring offered to teams are to be equivalent between male and female teams.
- You have the right to have access to the Title IX Specialist, to answer questions you might have regarding sex-gender equity laws.
Title IX: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence
What is Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence?
Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual behavior or communication that creates an intimidating, hostile, or abusive environment that is so severe or pervasive it prevents a student from fully participating in an education program or activity. Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and inappropriate verbal, written, cyber, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Sexual Violence is any unwanted, non-consensual sexual contact against any individual by force (against a person's will), or when a person cannot give consent due to their: age, developmental disability, intoxication by the use of drugs or alcohol, mentally/physically unable to consent, etc.