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STPPS explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in the educational programs or activities which it operates. The prohibition against discriminating on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities extends to employment in and admission to such programs and activities. Title IX requires STPPS not to discriminate on the basis of sex.

Title IX requires schools to take steps to prevent and remedy two forms of sex-based harassment:

1. Sexual Harassment (including Sexual Violence). Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment. Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent. A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse and sexual coercion.

2. Gender-based Harassment. Gender-based harassment is unwelcome conduct based on a student's sex and harassing conduct based on a student's failure to conform to sex stereotypes.

Sex-based harassment can be carried out by school employees, other students and third parties. All students can experience sex-based harassment, including male and female students, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities and students of different races, national origins and ages. Title IX protects all students from sex-based harassment, regardless of the sex of the parties, including when they are members of the same sex.

The Title IX Office provides support for all students, parents and employees. The Title IX Coordinator provides guidance on the District's Title IX policies and procedures and provides support to students, parents and employees who have experienced discrimination based on sex. To report sex-based discrimination, including sexual harassment, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.

How to File a Title IX Complaint with STPPS
To file a Title IX complaint with the District, please submit a formal, written complaint of sex-based harassment to the Title IX Coordinator. To report sex based discrimination, including sexual harassment, please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Mary Hart or Michael Cossé.

Title IX Coordinator
Name: Michael Cossé
Email: michael.cosse@stpsb.org
Phone: 985-898-3261
Address: 321 N. Theard St. Covington, LA 70434

GAE - Non-Title IX Grievance Procedure (Section G Employees)
GAEAA - Title VII Employee Sexual Harrassment (Section G Employees)
JAAA - Title IX Sexual Harrassment (Section J Students)

Training Resources
Title IX Basics
Title IX Investigator/Decision Maker Level 1
Prohibitions against Discrimination Exceptions
Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance
Title IX Summary
Regulations Requirement: Posting of Training Materials
2021 Investigator Refresher and Update Course
2021 Decision-Maker Refresher and Update Course

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