“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 . . . .” 20 U.S.C. § 1681(a).
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq., is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, and sexual coercion. Title IX also requires that equal opportunity in athletics be provided.
Title IX also prohibits retaliation for raising a complaint under Title IX or for advocating for a right protected by Title IX.
Individuals with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact our district Title IX Coordinator, Kate Hersom.
Know that you also have have the right to directly contact the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights at any time.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is the entity that is charged with enforcing Title IX compliance. Inquiries about these issues may also be referred to:
U. S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights (OCR), 8th Floor
Five Post Office Square
Boston MA 02109-3921
P: (617) 289-0111
F: (617) 289-0150
TTY (877) 521.2172 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Westbrook School Committee recognizes the right of each employee and student to a learning and working atmosphere which is free of discrimination, intimidation, hostility, unwelcome sexual advances or offensiveness.
If an employee / student has concerns regarding unlawful harassment or discrimination in the workplace / school district, they are encouraged to contact the Westbrook School Department's Affirmative Action Officer, Kate Hersom.
Know that you also have have the right to directly contact the Maine Human Rights Commission at any time.
The Maine Human Rights Commission
State House Station #51
Augusta, Maine 04333
P: (207) 624-6050
Below are Westbrook School Department's Affirmative Action Handbooks for employees and parents/students as well as policies pertinent to affirmative action.
Employee Affirmative Action Handbook
Parent / Student Affirmative Action Handbook
Westbrook School Department Policies