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Title IX

a.       Title IX is a federal law that pertains to discrimination or harassment based on the characteristic of sex, so that all students have equal access to services and safety.

FSD Policy 3205 lists the Definitions for this as:

“For purposes of this policy, sexual harassment means unwelcome conduct or communication of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can occur adult to student, student to student or can be carried out by a group of students or adults and will be investigated by the District even if the alleged harasser is not a part of the school staff or student body. The district prohibits sexual harassment of students by other students, employees or third parties involved in school district activities.


The term “sexual harassment” may include:

1.     acts of sexual violence;

2.     unwelcome sexual or gender-directed conduct or communication that interferes with an individual’s educational performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment;

3.     unwelcome sexual advances;

4.     unwelcome requests for sexual favors;

5.     sexual demands when submission is a stated or implied condition of obtaining an educational benefit;

6.     sexual demands where submission or rejection is a factor in an academic, or other school-related decision affecting an individual.

A “hostile environment” has been created for a student when sexual harassment is sufficiently serious to interfere with or limit the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the school’s program. The more severe the conduct, the less need there is to demonstrate a repetitive series of incidents. In fact, a single or isolated incident of sexual harassment may create a hostile environment if the incident is sufficiently severe, violent, or egregious.”

Ferndale School District’s Title IX Compliance Officers are:

Chris Cochran, and Kellie Larrabee