Title IX (Discrimination)
Title IX Sexual Harassment Notice
The Merced Union High School District is committed to providing educational programs, activities and services that are free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying based on actual or perceived legally protected characteristics, or association with a person or group with one or more of such characteristics, including sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and gender expression, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Districts receiving federal funding are required to adhere to Title IX regulations.
Inquiries on all matters, including complaints, regarding the implementation of Title IX in the District may be referred to the District official(s) listed below at the following addresses and telephones under District Complaints.
Policies and Procedures
Summary of the Rights of Pupils and/or the Public (including Employees) (Education Code section 221.8)
- You have the right to fair and equitable treatment and you shall not be discriminated against based on your sex.
- You have the right to be provided with an equitable opportunity to participate in all academic extracurricular activities, including athletics.
- You have the right to inquire of the athletic director of your school as to the athletic opportunities offered by the school.
- You have the right to apply for athletic scholarships.
- You have the right to receive equitable treatment and benefits in the provision of all of the following:
- 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.
- You have the right to have access to a gender equity coordinator to answer questions regarding gender equity laws.
- You have the right to contact the State Department of Education and the California Interscholastic Federation to access information on gender equity laws.
- You have the right to file a confidential discrimination complaint with the United States Office for Civil Rights or the State 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.
Title IX Additional Information
Title IX Links
For more information regarding student, parent/guardian, employee, or public rights under Title IX, please visit:
The School’s Responsibilities
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex within federally funded education institutions. Thus, all educational programs and activities must be operated free from discrimination. Key areas addressed by Title IX include: recruitment, admissions, counseling; financial assistance; athletics; sex-based harassment and violence; treatment of pregnant and parenting students; discipline; off-campus activities, single-sex education; and employment. Education institutions must protect against discrimination in these areas. Also, a recipient may not retaliate against any person for opposing an educational practice or policy made unlawful under Title IX, filing a complaint under Title IX, or testifying or participating in any complaint action under Title IX. These protections apply to all applicants for admission and employment, students and parents or guardians of elementary and secondary school students, and employees.
For more information about the school’s responsibilities under Title IX, please visit:
- The California Office of Equal Opportunity
- The United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights
How to File a Title IX Complaint
Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against in violation of Title IX may file a complaint with the Merced Union High School District and/or the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”). If a crime is involved, such as sexual assault or rape, individuals may also file a report with the local police department. A person may pursue one or all of these avenues at the same time. Below is a summary of each process.
For Emergencies, Dial 911
Listed below are local law enforcement departments available to file a report, answer questions, and refer to appropriate jurisdiction, depending on the circumstances of the crime.
Local Law Enforcement
- Merced Police Department
611 W 22nd Street Merced, California 95340
Non-Emergency dispatch: 209-385-6912
- Merced County Sheriff
700 W 22nd Street Merced, California 95340
Non-Emergency Sheriff Phone: (209) 385-7445
- Atwater Police Department
750 Bellevue Road Atwater, California 95301
Non-Emergency dispatch: 209-357-6384
- Livingston Police Department
1446 C Street Livingston, California 95334
Non-Emergency dispatch: 209-394-7917