Notice of Non-Discrimination and Title IX Compliance

  • Non-Discrimination
    The Higley Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity and expression), age, disability, veteran or military status, religion, or genetic information in the admission or access to, treatment or employment in its educational programs or activities. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination may be referred to the District’s Compliance Officer: 480-279-7100.
    For inquiries or complaints relating to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability), contact  
    Reports may also be made to the Assistant Secretary, Office of Civil Rights, at the U.S. Department of Education.
    Title IX 
    • Federal civil rights law, passed as part of the Education Amendment Act of 1972.
    • This law protects individuals from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance.
    • Under Title IX “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.”
    • Title IX applies to any institution receiving federal financial assistance from the Department of Education, including state and local educational agencies.
    • Educational programs and activities that receive federal funds from the Department of Education must operate in a nondiscriminatory manner.
    • A recipient may not retaliate against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or because a person made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX.

    Sexual harassment, under Title IX, is conduct on the basis of sex that is one or more of the following:

    • A school employee conditions the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the school on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct;
    • Unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would find to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it “effectively denies a person equal access” to the school’s education program or activity; or
    • Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking.

    Title IX Coordinator
    The district shall designate and authorize an employee as the Title IX Coordinator to comply with its responsibilities pertaining to sexual harassment under Title IX. Inquiries about the application of Title IX should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator listed below:

    James Walker
    Title IX Coordinator
    Higley Unified School District
    Phone: 480.279.7114