Non-Discrimination/Title IX

  • Non-Discrimination Statement

    The Santa Rosa City Schools District prohibits, at any district school or school activity, discrimination, harassment, including sexual harassment, intimidation, and bullying, based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information, medical information or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. This shall apply when applicable, to interns, volunteers, and job applicants. For questions, concerns or complaints, please contact District Equity and Title IX Compliance Officer: (For Students) Stacy Desideri, Director, Educational Services, 707-890-3800 x80413; (For Employees) Michael Shepherd, Assistant Superintendent Human Resources, 707-890-3800 x80602; 211 Ridgway Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. You must immediately contact the school site principal and/or the district non-discrimination officer (Title IX coordinator) listed below:

    Non-Discrimination Officer for Students:

    Stacy Desideri
    Director, Educational Services 
    Santa Rosa City Schools
    211 Ridgway Avenue
    Santa Rosa, CA 95401
    (707) 890-3800 x80413

    Non-Discrimination Officer for Employees:

    Michael Shepherd
    Asst. Superintendent, Human Resources
    Santa Rosa City Schools
    211 Ridgway Avenue
    Santa Rosa, CA 95401
    (707) 890-3800 x80602



    Title IX - prohibiting sex-based discrimination

    What is Title IX?

    Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (also know as Title IX, pronounced "title nine") is a federal law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in all educational programs and activities, including athletic programs. No person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity operated by the Santa Rosa City Schools district (“District” or "SRCS").  Title IX protects all participants in the District’s educational programs and activities, including students, parents, employees, and job applicants.  The District does not discriminate on the basis of sex.  Discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment and sexual violence.

    In addition to Title IX, the California Education Code prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities in schools.  (Education Code sections 220-221.1.) Other state and federal laws also prohibit discrimination and ensure equality in education.

    Board Policy - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities

    Title IX information provided here applies to every school site and to all District programs and activities. 

    What are my rights under Title IX?

    You have the following rights under Title IX, to the extent applicable at the District:

    • You have the right to fair and equitable treatment and shall not be discriminated against based on your sex.
    • You have the right to be provided with an equitable opportunity to participate in all extracurricular activities, including both academics and athletics.
    • You have the right to inquire of the athletic director at your school or appropriate District personnel as to the athletic opportunities offered by the school.
    • You have the right to apply for athletic scholarships if the District offers any.
    • You have the right to receive equitable treatment and benefits in the provision of all the following related to athletics, if any are provided by the District:
      -Equipment and supplies;
      -Scheduling of games and practices;
      -Transportation and daily allowances;
      -Access to tutoring;
      -Locker rooms;
      -Practice and competitive facilities;
      -Medical and training facilities and services; and
    • You have the right to have access to a sex/gender equity coordinator, referred to as the Title IX coordinator, to answer questions regarding sex/gender equity laws.
    • You have the right to contact the State Department of Education and the California Interscholastic Federation to access information on sex/gender equity laws.
    • You have the right to file a confidential discrimination complaint with the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the California Department of Education if you believe you have been discriminated against or if you believe you have received unequal treatment on the basis of your sex.
    • You have the right to pursue civil remedies if you have been discriminated against.
    • You have the right to be protected against retaliation if you file a discrimination complaint. (California Education Code section 221.8.)

    SRCS's Responsibilities:

    The District has the responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to sex-based discrimination complaints, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. If the District knows or reasonably should know about sex discrimination, it must take action to eliminate the sex discrimination, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. The District must resolve complaints of sex discrimination promptly and equitably. Information on filing a complaint alleging sex-based discrimination is provided below, including information for contacting the District's Title IX Coordinator.

    Learn more about your rights under Title IX:

    Title IX Coordinator for Students:

    Stacy Desideri
    Director, Educational Services 
    Santa Rosa City Schools
    211 Ridgway Avenue
    Santa Rosa, CA 95401
    (707) 890-3800 x80413

    Filing a Complaint:

    A complaint alleging unlawful discrimination or retaliation must be filed no later than six months from the date the discrimination or retaliation occurred, or six months from when the complainant first learned of the unlawful discrimination. The Superintendent or designee may extend this timeline by up to ninety days for good cause, upon written request by the complainant setting forth the reasons for the extension.

    A student, parent, guardian, employee, individual, or organization may file a written complaint alleging discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying on the basis of a protected characteristic under SRCS's Uniform Complaint Procedure by sending a complaint to SRCS's Title IX Coordinator (contact information listed above).

    Download the complaint form from the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) web page.

    If you need assistance putting your complaint in writing, please contact our SAFE office at 707-890-3800 x80418. You may file a complaint anonymously, but SRCS's ability to investigate and respond may be limited by a lack of information.

    You may also file a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. For more information, visit The electronic complaint form for the Office for Civil Rights is available online at

    Contact the Office for Civil Rights at:
    San Francisco Office
    Office for Civil Rights
    U.S. Department of Education
    50 United Nations Plaza
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Telephone: (415) 486-5555
    Fax: (415) 486-5570; TDD: (800) 877-8339

    For information about how to file other types of complaints and the procedures for those complaints: Your Rights web page

    How SRCS Investigates Complaints

    Complaints filed under SCOE's Uniform Complaint Procedure will be investigated and a decision made within sixty calendar days of the SRCS's receipt, unless the complainant agrees to an extension. SRCS's compliance officer or designee may interview alleged victims, alleged offenders, and relevant witnesses. The compliance officer may review available records, statements, or notes related to the complaint, including evidence or information received from the parties during the investigation. The compliance officer may visit reasonably accessible locations where discrimination is alleged to have occurred. As appropriate, SRCS's compliance officer periodically will inform the parties of the status of the investigation. The complainant will be notified when a decision is made. Complaints that are not filed under SRCS's Uniform Complaint Procedure will be investigated and decided pursuant to the applicable procedure.

    What Happens After the Investigation

    For complaints filed under the Uniform Complaint Procedure, the compliance officer will prepare and send a final written decision to the complainant and respondent, if any, within 15 working days of SRCS's receipt of the complaint (unless this deadline is extended by mutual agreement).

    If the complainant or respondent is not satisfied with the decision, either the complainant or respondent may, within five business days, file the complaint in writing with the Board. The Board may consider the matter at a Board meeting or decide not to hear the complaint, in which case the compliance officer’s decision shall be final.

    The complainant or respondent may appeal SRCS's decision within fifteen calendar days to the California Department of Education. The appeal must specify the reason for the appeal and whether SRCS's facts are incorrect and/or the law is misapplied. The appeal must include a copy of the original complaint to SRCS and a copy of SRCS's decision. For more information, visit the California Department of Education’s webpage on Uniform Complaint Procedures:

    For complaints alleging unlawful discrimination based on state law, the complainant may pursue available civil law remedies, including seeking assistance from mediation centers or public/private interest attorneys, sixty calendar days after filing an appeal with the California Department of Education. (California Education Code § 262.3.) Note that this sixty day moratorium does not apply to complaints seeking injunctive relief in state courts or to discrimination complaints based on federal law. (California Education Code § 262.3.)

    Complaints may also be filed with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, within 180 days of the alleged discrimination. For contact information, see the section above. For more information, visit

    If the compliance officer finds that a complaint has merit, SRCS will take appropriate corrective action.

    For more information on Title IX concerns, contact:

    Title IX Coordinator for Students:

    Stacy Desideri
    Director, Educational Services 
    Santa Rosa City Schools
    211 Ridgway Avenue
    Santa Rosa, CA 95401
    (707) 890-3800 x80413