Equal Educational Opportunity and Non-Discrimination

Queen Creek Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity / 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 a district compliance officer at (480) 987-7418. Reports may also be made to the assistant secretary, Office of Civil Rights, at the United States Department of Education. 

Title IX

Queen Creek Unified School District is committed to maintaining an educational and working environment free from sex discrimination and harassment. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including gender-based and sexual harassment and discrimination, in the district’s educational programs and activities including employment.

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.” Educational programs and activities that receive federal funds from the Department of Education must operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. Retaliation against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or for testifying or participating in any complaint action under Title IX, is prohibited.

Sexual Harassment

Title IX regulations define sexual harassment as misconduct on the basis of sex that jeopardizes an individual’s equal access to educational programs and activities. The three types of misconduct are:

  1. Any instance of quid pro quo harassment by a school employee (conditions the provision of aid, benefit, or service of the school on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct);
  2. 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;
  3. Any instance of sexual assault as defined in the Clery Act, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as defined in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).