Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination (Title IX)

New Title IX Regulations (September 2020 Update)

In May 2020, the Department of Education issued new Title IX Regulations that specifically focus on how schools investigate Sexual Harassment. 

  • Changes include, among other things:
    • Definition of Schedule Harassment
    • Jurisdiction Implications
    • Details Formal Grievance Procedure

School District's are required to comply with the new policy starting on August 14, 2020. 

***Policy changes have been presented to the School Board for approval. We anticipate that the changes to the Board Policy and Administrative Regulation will be announced by September 25, 2020***

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in education, including K-12 schools. Title IX is a federal law that has been used to promote equity in education by ensuring that girls and women receive equal resources and treatment in the classroom and provides protections for students who are sexually harassed and discriminated against and/or bullied based on their gender.

In addition to this federal law, the California Education code similarly prohibits schools discriminating against its students on the basis of sex (Education Codes 220-221.1).

Sexual harassment is also in violation of San Francisco Unified School District Board and Administrative policies. These policies extend to the San Francisco County Office of Education, including community school programs and activities. All forms of sexual harassment, whether student to student, staff to student, or student to staff, are unlawful at SFUSD schools.

Title IX Online Report Form (CLICK HERE)

Definition of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment includes verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature which may have a negative impact upon the victim’s academic or work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational/work environment.

Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to:

  1. Making comments or jokes about a students body
  2. Online or text message sharing of pictures or videos of a sexual nature
  3. Insults about a students dating, romantic, or sexual history
  4. Writing notes, letters, or graffiti that are sexually explicit
  5. Making obscene gestures or suggestive body movements that are sexual in nature.
  6. Unwanted hugging, kissing, or other forms of unwanted sexual contact
  7. Touching an intimate part of another persons body without consent
  8. Dating Violence
  9. Sexual assault


Gender-Based Discrimination

Title IX also includes protections from gender-based harassment, which includes, among other things, use of gender-specific slurs and disparaging remarks or aggression made to a student due to their sex or because that student displays mannerisms or a style of dress perceived as indicative of the other sex.

SFUSD schools, programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying targeted at any student by anyone, based on the student's actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression.

Title IX Student Rights

  • Students have the right to equal learning opportunities in their schools.

  • Students and employees may not be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to harassment or other forms of discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression in any program or activity.

  • Students may not be required to take and/or may not be denied enrollment in a course because of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

  • Students have the right to be evaluated and graded without regard to their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

  • Students must be provided counseling and guidance that is not discriminatory

  • Counselors may not urge students to enroll in particular classes or programs or activities based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

  • Schools must offer female and male students equal opportunities to play sports.

  • Equipment and supplies, game and practice schedules, budgets, coaching travel allowances, facilities, publicity, support services and tutoring offered to teams are to be equivalent between male and female teams.

  • Pregnant and parenting students have the same right as any other student to continue in their regular school and in any program for which they qualify.

  • Students have the right to call the police.

Who Is Covered Under Title IX?

  • Harassment by students
  • Harassment by administrators/teachers/staff
  • Harassment by volunteers or school visitors

Student Non-Discrimination/Harassment Policy

Translated Copies of Board Polices

Translation Available Upon Request


Traducción Disponible Bajo Petición

For a translated copy, please contact Office of Family Voice at 415-241-6150  


District Title IX Coordinator

Keasara (Kiki) Williams
San Francisco Unified School District/County Office of Education
Title IX Coordinator
555 Franklin Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102 
Phone: 415-355-7334 
Fax: 415-355-7333 

Ann Marie Cortez
San Francisco Unified School District/County Office of Education

Deputy Title IX Coordinator
555 Franklin Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102 
Phone: 415-355-7334 
Fax: 415-355-7333 

How to File a Title IX/Sexual Harassment Complaint?

A sexual harassment complaint may be filed with the school site principal or his/her Title IX Site Officer at the school site.

To determine the Title IX Site Officer for your school site, please see the 2019-2020 Title IX Site Officer List

Complaints to school sites can be made in writing or verbally.  If the individual feels uncomfortable, the complaint may be filed with the Title IX Coordinator/Director of the Office of Equity.

Complaint are available at each school and at the Office of Equity. Complaints may also be made verbally.

SFUSD encourages parents to contact their principal or school's Title IX site officer to address immediate concerns of sexually harassment on campus.  If you wish to file a complaint with the District Office, please do so by filling out a Uniform Complaint Form. For more information regarding the Uniform Complaint process, please refer to SFUSD's Uniform Complaint Procedures page.

Title IX Training Materials

Please see below for materials used to train the District's Title IX Team. Links to the training materials are posted when available. Where links are currently unavailable, please email to view a hard copy of the training materials.