Title IX: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault
If you believe that you, your child, or a member of our school district has experienced discrimination on the basis of sex, please immediately report the discrimination to the Title IX Coordinator, Geoff Smith (907) 486-7555
The Kodiak Island Borough School District Title IX Office is charged with fairly addressing any reported incidents of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence that affects our staff/faculty and our students. We highly encourage you to reach out to the Title IX Coordinator to report any suspected incidences of discrimination.
What is Title IX
Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment against students and employees of educational institutions that receive federal funding, including public school districts. Title IX requires school districts to develop and implement policies and take other actions necessary to promptly, appropriately, and effectively address complaints of sex-based discrimination or sexual harassment in any district program or activity.
Title IX Grievance Process
Equitable Opportunities for Participation
A school district can demonstrate compliance with Title IX in one of three ways:
- Substantially proportionate athletic opportunities for male and female athletes;
- A history and continuing practice of expanding opportunities for the under-represented sex;
- Full and effective accommodation of the interests and abilities of the under-represented sex.
Districts are not required to offer identical sports and activities for their male and female students. They are, however, required to provide equitable opportunity for both female and male students to participate in athletics and activities of interest.
Title IX requires equity in supporting female and male athletics and activities in the provision of: coaching staff, game and practice times, medical and training facilities, publicity, recruitment opportunities, travel per diem allowances, equipment, locker rooms, practice and competitive facilities, and tutoring opportunities.
Related School Board Policies
Sex-Based Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
The Board shall not tolerate the sexual harassment of any student by any other student or any District employee. Any student or employee who is found guilty of sexual harassment shall be subject to disciplinary action.
Students or staff should immediately report incidences of sexual harassment to the principal or designee. The Superintendent or designee shall promptly investigate each complaint of sexual harassment in a way that ensures the privacy of all parties concerned. In no case shall the student be required to resolve the complaint directly with the offending person.
Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response
Title IX requires school districts to take the following steps to promptly, appropriately, and effectively respond to complaints of sexual harassment:
- Provide information to students and staff regarding the requirements of Title IX
- Adopt complaint investigation procedures
- Provide notice of those complaint procedures to students, staff and the public
- Establish adequate, reliable and impartial complaint investigation protocols
- Provide training to district personnel responsible for investigations
- Ensure that adequate interim measures are in place to protect students during the investigation
- Notify the complainant and respondent of the outcome of the complaint
- Take appropriate actions to address the impacts of substantiated harassment and prevent recurrence
District Programs and Activities
District programs and activities shall be free from discrimination with respect to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ethnic group, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or parental status, and physical or mental disability. The School Board shall ensure equal opportunities for all students in admission and access to academic courses, guidance and counseling programs, athletic programs, testing procedures, vocational education and other activities.
Notice of Non-Discrimination
The Kodiak Island Borough School District is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying. The District prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 in the educational programs or activities which it operates.
STUDENTS: District programs and activities shall be free from discrimination with respect to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ethnic group, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or parental status, and physical or mental disability. The School Board shall ensure equal opportunities for all students in admission and access to academic courses, guidance and counseling programs, athletic programs, testing procedures, vocational education and other activities. BP 5145.3
EMPLOYEES: The district and its employees shall not unlawfully discriminate against or harass employees or job applicants on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, parenthood, physical or mental disability, Vietnam era veteran status, genetic information, or good faith reporting to the board on a matter of public concern. BP 4030
Individuals requiring further information should contact the designated Compliance Officer:
Title IX Coordinator
722 Mill Bay Dr.
Kodiak, AK 99615
Title IX Training
Coordinator One Training, May 19 -20, 2021
Attendees: Title IX Coordinator Geoff Smith and Human Resources Coordinator Kristina Bonomi.
Investigator Training, May 2021
Attendees: Principal Michelle St. Clair, Principal Todd Burton, and Vice Principal Kathryn Symmes.
Decision Maker Training, May 2021
Attendees: Federal Programs Director Damon Hargraves, Student Special Services Director Kim Saunders, and Director of Instruction Katrina Stewart.
Training Provided to KIBSD Staff
Title IX – Classified and Certificated Training