Title IX

Title IX and Title VI Non-Discrimination Notice

As required by Title IX and IV, Clayton Ridge Public School District, including Iowa Virtual Academy (IAVA), does not unlawfully discriminate because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status, or veteran status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Non-Discrimination Policy

IAVA is committed to providing an environment free from all forms of sex discrimination, which includes sex discrimination, sexual harassment (including sexual violence), as regulated by Title IX, and to ensuring the accessibility of appropriate grievance procedures for addressing all complaints regarding all forms of sex discrimination and sexual harassment. IAVA reserves the authority to independently deal with sex discrimination and sexual harassment whenever becoming aware of their potential existence, regardless of whether a complaint has been lodged in accordance with the grievance procedure. IAVA reserves the authority to address sex discrimination and sexual harassment even if the same, similar, or related circumstances are also being addressed under another policy, whether of IAVA or another entity. Furthermore, IAVA reserves the right to pursue sexual misconduct violations outside of the scope of Title IX based on IAVA’s judgment that the alleged actions are contrary to any part of its code of conduct or employee handbook.

Definitions of sex discrimination and sexual harassment include the following:

  • Sex discrimination occurs when a person, because of their sex, is denied participation in or the benefits of any education program or activity that receives federal financial assistance.
  • Sexual harassment means conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:

1. A school employee conditioning education benefits on participation in unwelcome sexual conduct (i.e., quid pro quo); or

2. Unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would determine 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 (as defined in the Clery Act), dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as defined in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Sexual harassment can be verbal, nonverbal, or physical.

Any individual who believes they may have experienced any form of sex discrimination or sexual harassment, or who believes they have observed such actions taking place, may receive information and assistance regarding IAVA’s policies and reporting procedures from the following: