Laurel School District Notice Regarding Title IX Amended Regulations

Title IX states “[n]o 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 educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”  20 U.S.C. § 1681(a)

The Laurel School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, and this District is required by Title IX, as amended, not to discriminate in such a manner. 

Title IX was originally enacted in 1972.  Amended regulations addressing student and employee sexual harassment under Title IX were issued on May 6, 2020 and are effective as of August 14, 2020.   The amended regulations define student and employee sexual harassment under Title IX and establish procedures to respond to an allegation of Title IX sexual harassment.  The District is updating its policies implementing the amended regulations. Below is a summary of these amendments/updated policies. 

This Notice explains how to report a complaint of sexual harassment, the steps the District takes to investigate the complaint, the decision making process, and the appeal process.   

NOTIFICATION REGARDING REPORTING ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

To all students, parents or legal guardians, employees, and applicants for employment: 

The District’s Title IX Coordinator is:
Leander Bridges II
303 W. 8th Street
Laurel, MS 39441
lbridges@laurelschools.org
601-649-6391

The Title IX Coordinator is the person authorized by the school district to coordinate the District’s Title IX compliance program.  Any person may report sex discrimination, including sex harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination), in person, by mail, by telephone, or e-mail, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report.  Any District employee who knows or learns information concerning conduct related to sexual harassment or allegations of sexual harassment should immediately notify the Title IX Coordinator.

Reports may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the Title IX Coordinator’s telephone number or email address, or by mail to the Title IX Coordinator’s office address, listed above. Inquiries about the application of Title IX to the District may be directed to the District’s Title IX Coordinator or to the Assistant Secretary of Education at the United States Department of Education, or both.  

Title IX Policies (student and employee) (link coming soon)
Training Materials (link coming soon)