Title IX

Blue Hill Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This means that the school district does not discriminate against an individual or a group based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or handicaps and disabilities that are not relevant. Included in this are all students, employees, potential employees, members of the community, and anyone that volunteers their time in the school district.

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 states that 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 program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Included under the realm of Title IX is sexual harassment and sexual violence.

What is the definition of sexual harrassment?

Sexual harassment is defined as conduct on the basis of sex that must meet one or more of the following:

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

  • Any 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 recipient’s education program or activity.

  • Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking.

Issues relating to Title IX can be brought to the Title IX Coordinator of the school district. Mr. Josh Karel, 7-12 Spanish and Assistant Athletic Director, can be reached at joshkarel@bluehillschools.org, or by calling 402-756-3043.

The Title IX policy of the school district can be found on the school website, as well as in the school handbook.

In the event of an allegation of the violation of Title IX, the school district is responsible for:

  • promptly responding to all reports of sexual harassment.

  • providing supportive measures to all students who are reported to have been the victim of sexual harassment.

  • providing a fair grievance process, including the ability to file a formal complaint followed by an equitable investigation and resolution.

  • providing students involved in a sexual harassment report and their parents with the written allegations and evidence that is gathered during the investigation and provide a written disciplinary outcome.