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Title IX Notification

(Pursuant to Education Code section 221.61)

Policy Against Discrimination Based on Sex

The Merced Union High School District is committed to providing educational programs, activities and services that are free from unlawful discrimination 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. The District’s nondiscrimination/harassment policy is found at Board Policy No. 1312.3. The requirement not to discriminate in the education program or activity extends to employment.

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
    • Coaching
    • Locker rooms
    • Practice and competitive facilities
    • Medical and training facilities and services
    • Publicity
  • 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.

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:

Title IX Training:

How to Report

You can report discrimination and harassment based on sex to any school staff member or to the district's Title IX Coordinator, listed below. You also have the right to file a complaint, for information proceed to our Reporting Options or File a Complaint web page.


Title IX Coordinator 


Brett Nickelson

Brett Nickelson

Director of Human Resources
District Office

For Issues Involving Students


Kelli Sharpe

Kelli Sharpe

Program Administrator
District Office

Anonymous Reporting

TIP 411

This an anonymous tip line to alert administration of bullying an other threats to the safety and well-being of our students and staff.

School TIP Line
AHS- Text "FALCONS" + your tip 847411

BCHS- Text "THUNDER" + your tip


ECHS- Text "GAUCHOS" + your tip


GVHS- Text "COUGAR" + your tip


LHS- Text "WOLVES" + your tip


MHS- Text "BEARS" + your tip


YHS- Text "DRAGON" + your tip


SHS- Text "TRAILBLAZERS" + your tip 847411

Download the MUHSD Tip App

Click the links below to download the MUHSD Tip app from your app store. The MUHSD Tips app provides the campus community the ability to submit anonymous tips to MUHSD. You can download the MUHSD Tips app for iPhone and Android.

iPhone/Android App Store Links: 


These are direct phone lines to contact administration of bullying and other threats to the safety and well-being of our students and staff.

School Phone Number
Atwater HS



Buhach Colony HS 325-1447
El Capitan HS 384-5545
Golden Valley HS 325-1847
Livingston HS 325-2647
Merced HS 325-1047
East Campus Education Center 325-1647