Reporting Sexual Discrimination (Harassment)
Howard County Public Schools is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from sexual discrimination. HCPSS prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in its educational programs, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, and in the workplace as required by law.
Sexual Discrimination includes sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual violence, and is characterized as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that interferes with a student’s ability to learn, study, work, achieve or participate in school activities, or with an employee’s term, condition or privilege of employment/relationship with the school system. Sexual discrimination can be committed by a student, employee or third party.
More information can be found in Policy 1020 Sexual Discrimination.
Title IX/Title VII Compliance
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and 1975, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 state that no person in the United States shall, on the basis of gender, be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity that receives federal financial assistance.
Title IX applies to students, school employees, or anyone present on school campus regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status or disability status. It includes all of a school’s operations including school-sponsored activities or travel that occurs away from school.
Filing a Complaint
Students who file a sexual discrimination complaint must do so orally or in writing with a teacher, school counselor, school-based administrator or the Title IX Coordinator for action in accordance with established procedures. All such reports must be filed with or forwarded to the Title IX coordinator who will oversee and support the investigation.
School system employees or third parties who file a sexual discrimination complaint must do so with the Title IX coordinator or with a school-based administrator or supervisor as appropriate. The Title IX coordinator will oversee and support the investigation.
- BHI (Bullying/Harassment/Intimidation) Form – English
- BHI (Bullying/Harassment/Intimidation) Form – Spanish
For Employees/Third Party:
Reports should be addressed to:
Title IX Coordinator
Office of Equity Assurance
Howard County Public School System
10910 Clarksville Pike
Ellicott City, Maryland 21042
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Maryland State Department of Education
Programs – Title XI