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Rights under Title IX
Federal Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), implemented at 34 C.F.R. § 106.31, subd. (a), provides that no person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any academic, extracurricular, research, occupational training, or other education program or activity operated by a recipient which receives federal financial assistance. Relevant here, Title IX requires the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (MPUSD) to take immediate and appropriate action to investigate when it knows or reasonably should know of a possible Title IX violation.

Title IX Coordinators
In the event of a complaint regarding gender equity or sexual harassment, or discrimination, including harassment, intimidation and bullying because of actual or perceived disability, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race, ethnicity, color, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital or parental status, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, contact one of the following Title IX and Nondiscrimination Coordinators:

For complaints against employees:

Leslie Barrow
Director, Human Resources
831.645.1272
lbarrow@mpusd.net
700 Pacific Street
Monterey, CA 93940

For student against student complaints:
Student Support, Prevention, Safety, Attendance Coordinator
Clezel Sewell
csewell@mpusd.k12.ca.us
831-645-1205 

Complaints

Complaint Regulations and Forms

The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District encourages the early, informal resolution of complaints at the site level whenever possible. Parents or guardians of students in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District are urged therefore, to discuss their concerns directly with the school site employee(s) in question.

In accordance with the California Code of Regulations and the California Education Code, the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District has established the following procedures for handling different types of complaints. The types of complaints are listed below along with links to the corresponding complaint form.

Types of Complaints

Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP)
This complaint procedure governs complaints when addressing complaints alleging failure to comply with state and/or federal laws in (1) adult education, (2) consolidated categorical aid programs, (3) migrant education, (4) vocational education, (5) child care and development programs, (6) child nutrition programs, (7) special education programs, and (8) federal school safety planning requirements.

The UCP form is available in the main office at all schools and on the District website:

Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures
Complaints regarding the sufficiency of instructional materials, teacher vacancy or
 misassignment, emergency or urgent facilities conditions that pose a threat to the health and safety of students, and service for students who have completed grade 12, should be submitted in writing using the Williams UCP form. The Williams UCP form is available in the main office at all schools and on the District website.

Complaints Concerning District Personnel
Every effort should be made to resolve the concerns of parents/guardians at the site or office level at the earliest possible stage. If a complainant is unable or unwilling to resolve the complaint directly with the employee, s/he may submit an oral or written complaint to the employee’s principal or immediate supervisor. A complaint related to a principal or district office administrator shall be initially filed in writing to the Superintendent. Complaints against the Superintendent shall be submitted, in writing, to the Board of Education.

Student-to-Student Harassment

The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is committed to providing a safe and nurturing school environment that protects students from physical and emotional harm and is conducive to learning. The Student to Student harassment complaint process is intended to report any forms of alleged or observed discrimination, harassment, violence, intimidation, and bullying on the basis of actual or perceived age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color, or mental or physical disability or on a person's association with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in any program or activity that receives or benefits from state financial assistance.

The Superintendent has designated the following Compliance Officers to receive and investigate complaints and ensure District compliance with all state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, color and/or national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance:

For complaints against employees:

Leslie Barrow
Director, Human Resources
831.645.1272
lbarrow@mpusd.net
700 Pacific Street
Monterey, CA 93940

For student against student complaints:
Student Support, Prevention, Safety, Attendance Coordinator
Clezel Sewell
csewell@mpusd.k12.ca.us
831-645-1205