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TITLE IX

 

New Designs Charter School
Title IX Statement

 

Each student and employee have a right to learn and work in an environment that is free from unlawful discrimination. No student or employee shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity or expression. New Designs Charter School is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) based on sex in any educational program or activity. Title IX also prohibits retaliation for asserting or otherwise participating in claims of sex discrimination.

 

Pregnant students and teen parents have a right to equal education, full participation, and to enroll in any school or program for which they would otherwise qualify at any stage of the pregnancy.  They have the right to remain in their regular or current school program and any others for which they are otherwise qualified. This would also include participation in the following: graduation, awards, ceremonies; field trips; student clubs, councils, after-school activities, and any other school-related programs. Students cannot legally be expelled, suspended, or otherwise excluded from, or required to participate in school programs solely on the basis of their pregnancy-related conditions, or marital or parental status.


California Education Code Sections 200 through 282 and New Designs Board of Directors’ Policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation or gender. Title IX requires that every school district or institution have a Title IX/Bullying Complaint Manager to whom concerns or complaints regarding sex discrimination can be made.

 

 

 

 

New Designs Charter School
Non-Discrimination Policy 


New Designs Charter School is committed to providing a safe working and learning environment, free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying. Federal and State law and the California Education Code mandate that schools annually publish and disseminate nondiscrimination notices.  Schools are required to publish and disseminate annually, the "Nondiscrimination Statement," "Sexual Harassment Policy," and "Title IX and Nondiscrimination" student brochure to all employees and students. The schools’ programs, activities, and practices shall be free from discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics (see also New Designs Parents & Students Handbook).

 

New Designs Charter School Title IX Coordinator & Non-Discrimination Coordinator: Mr. Edward Frimpong, Director of Human Resources | Edward.frimpong@newdesignscharter.net (213) 765-9084 | 2303 S. Figueroa Way, Los Angeles, CA 90007

 

 

 

 

 

Complaint Process.

Students or parents/guardians should report their verbal or written Title IX complaint to the school administrator or Human Resources Director within six months from the date the alleged incident occurred or first obtained knowledge. Complainants have a right to a timely and informal resolution at the school site.

If the complainant is dissatisfied with the school-site or Local District decision, the complainant may file a
written Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) with the Human Resources Director (see links below for appropriate forms to use). This will begin the investigation process which must be completed within 60 days.  An appeal of the schools’ findings may be made to the California Department of Education - Office of Equal Opportunity.

 

 

 

 

Documents and Further Information Resources

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                 Title IX Required Notices

 

Who is the Title IX Coordinator for New Designs Charter Schools?

 

New Designs Charter School’s Title IX Coordinator is Mr. Edward Frimpong

 

New Designs Charter School

2303 S. Figueroa Way

Los Angeles, CA 90007

Phone: (213) 765-9084
Fax: (213) 765-0139

Email: Edward.frimpong@newdesignscharter.net

 

At each school site also, the principal may handle issues regarding Title IX.

 

Where can I get more information on the rights of a pupil and the public and the responsibilities of the public school under Title IX?

 

Apart from New Designs’ website, the following Internet resources are available to find more information regarding rights and responsibilities under Title IX:

 

Los Angeles Unified School District’s Educational Equity Compliance Office

California Department of Education Office of Equal Opportunity

United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

 

 

Is there a statute of limitations for filing an alleged incident of harassment or discrimination?

 

Any parent, guardian, individual, organization has the right to file a written complaint of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying on the basis of a protected characteristic within six months from the date the alleged incident occurred or the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged incident.

 

How may a discrimination complaint be filed beyond the statute of limitations?

 

The timeline for filing a complaint of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying is extended by the CEO or designee, upon written request by the complainant setting forth the reasons for the extension. Such extension by the CEO or designee shall be made in writing. The period for filing may be extended by the CEO or designee for good cause for a period not to exceed 90 days following the expiration of the six-month time period. The CEO shall respond immediately upon a receipt of a request for extension.

 

How are discrimination complaints investigated?

 

New Designs Human Resources Office timestamps new complaints of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying when received and provides an acknowledgment letter framing the allegations under the jurisdiction of the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) and referring a complainant to appropriate offices and resources for issues not under UCP jurisdiction. The investigator assigned has 60 calendar days from office receipt to investigate the complaint and to send a letter with findings to relevant parties. The 60-day timeline may be extended only by mutual agreement of the complainant and New Designs Charter. During the investigative process, the investigator contacts complainant and other applicable parties requesting data and responses. New Designs includes an opportunity for the complainant to present evidence or information to support the allegations. New Designs will ensure that, within 60 days of receipt of the written complaint, the complaint has been resolved and/or investigated and that a written report of findings is issued to the complainant. The written report of the investigative findings contains the allegations, method of investigation, policy, findings, conclusions, appeal options and corrective actions, if applicable.

 

How may I file a discrimination complaint?

 

Any individual, public agency or organization may file a written complaint alleging a violation by New Designs of federal or state laws or regulations governing the programs and activities, as well as allegations of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying, under the New Designs Uniform Complaint Procedures by sending the complaint to:

 

Mr. Edward Frimpong

New Designs Charter School

2303 S. Figueroa Way

Los Angeles, CA 90007

Phone: (213) 765-9084
Fax: (213) 765-0139

Email: Edward.frimpong@newdesignscharter.net

 

A complaint may be filed anonymously if it provides evidence or information leading to evidence to support an allegation of noncompliance.  Complainants making a verbal complaint shall be referred to an administrator/designee who will assist any person with a disability or unable to prepare a written complaint.

 

Otherwise, a discrimination complaint may be filed with the Office for Civil Rights:

 

San Francisco Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education

Phone: (415) 486-5555

Email:  ocr.sanfrancisco@ed.gov

United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Complaint Form