Title IX and Non-Discrimination Notice
TITLE IX Non Discrimination Policy
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. Section 1681 et seq. prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment as defined in this policy, in any program, service or activity, including admission to these programs and activities. Title IX also prohibits sex discrimination in employment. Retaliation against a person who reports or opposes improper discrimination or retaliation is likewise prohibited under Title IX. The Academy shall fully comply with Title IX and its accompanying regulations.
This policy applies to prohibited conduct in any academic, educational, extra-curricular, or other Academy programs, activities, and events whether occurring at school, during the Academy’s Educational Program and process including, but not limited to the On-Line Learning System (“OLS”), Class Connects, email, telephone, in-person or virtual conferences with third-party contracted employees and staff and third-party contractors/vendors who provide services to the Academy, on any premises or equipment owned, leased or used by the Academy, in a motor vehicle owned or leased by the Academy or being used for a school-related purpose or at any Academy-related event, activity or function; traveling by any means to or from school or an Academy-related event, activity, or function; and in any location where the conduct has a sufficient connection to or with the Academy, third-party contracted employee or staff member assigned to work at or on behalf of the Academy, third-party contractors/vendors, Academy students or Academy property that adversely and significantly interferes with or endangers the good order of the Academy’s educational program or environment, the proper functioning of the educational program, Academy-related event, activity or function.
The Academy encourages anyone who believes a Title IX violation may have occurred to report their concerns to the Academy’s third-party contracted employee or staff member assigned to work at or on behalf of the Academy: the Academy Elementary or Secondary Principal, the Head of School, or an Academy Title IX Coordinator. The Academy’s Title IX Coordinators are:
Title IX Coordinator
Corista Johnson (Nichols)
Federal Program Manager
5910 Tahoe Drive S.E.
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546
Tahoe Drive S.E.
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546
- “Complainant” means the person who is alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment. (sexual violence/sexual abuse is included within the definition of sexual harassment as defined below).
- “Respondent” means the person who has been reported to be the perpetrator of the conduct that could constitute sexual harassment.
- “Employee or staff” means K12 contracted staff who are involved in the educational program.
- “Third parties” include, but are not limited to, parents/guardians/learning coaches, third-party contracted employees and staff members assigned to work at or on behalf of the Academy, guests and/or visitors, volunteers, third-party contractors or vendors doing business with or seeking to do business with the Academy Board and other individuals who come into contact with students at school-related events, activities, or functions (whether on or off Academy property) or during the Academy’s educational program as described in the Academy Board’s Title IX policy.
- “Sexual Harassment” is defined as conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:
- A third-party contracted employee or staff member assigned to work at or on behalf of the Academy who conditions the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the Academy on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct (i.e., quid pro quo sexual harassment)
- Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the Academy’s education programs or activities
- Sexual assault (as defined in the Cleary Act, 20 U.S.C. 1092(f)(6)(a)(v)), dating violence, domestic violence or stalking (as defined in the Violence Against Women Act, 34 U.S.C.12291).
- “Formal Complaint” is defined as a document filed by the Complainant or signed by the Title IX Coordinator alleging sexual harassment against a Respondent and requesting that the Academy investigate the allegation(s) of sexual harassment.
The Academy Board has adopted a Title IX Grievance Procedure, which includes the procedures for reporting and filing a formal Title IX complaint, mandatory and discretionary dismissals of a Title IX complaint, an informal and formal resolution process, investigation process and procedures, supportive measures that may be implemented prior to or during the investigation of a formal complaint, written report regarding the outcome of the investigation, the right to appeal to the Academy Board of Directors.
Please consult the Academy’s Title IX Policy for further details and information.
The Academy reserves the right to change, modify, amend, or repeal all or any part of this Grievance Procedure at any time.