Title IX: Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying

Title IX Coordinators

Natalie Gouge

Director of Student Services

Student to Student Sexual Harassment and Discrimination
Contact Info: 652-4535 ext. 300

Brian Oliver

Director of Administration-Employee to Student

Employee to Employee Sexual Harassment and Discrimination
Contact Info: 652-4535 ext. 123

What is Title IX?

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces, among other statutes, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex, including harassment and bullying in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance.

Title IX states that:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance

All public and private elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities receiving federal financial assistance must comply with Title IX.

What is Sexual Harassment?

It is physical contact and/or conduct that creates an unwelcome or hostile environment. It includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature such as sexual touching, comments, jokes, gestures, graffiti, drawings, pictures, and writing and when submission to the conduct is made a term or condition of an individual's employment or academic performance( either explicitly or implicitly) when submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as the basis for employment or educational decisions affecting the individual, or when the conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to interfere with an individual's work or academic performance or to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment. Occasional compliments of a socially acceptable nature do not constitute sexual harassment.

According to the Sexual Harassment publication from the U. S. Department of Education and Office of Civil Rights concerning Title IX Sexual Harassment, sexual harassment is defined as conduct that:

  1. is sexual in nature;
  2. is unwelcome; and
  3. denies or limits a student's ability to participate in or benefit from a school's education program

What is sexual violence?

It is physical acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent (eg. due to the student's age or use of drugs or alcohol or because an intellectual or other disability prevents the student from having the capacity to give consent).

The McDowell County School Board of Education

The Board acknowledges the dignity and worth of all students and employees and strives to create a safe, orderly, caring and inviting school environment to facilitate student learning and achievement. The board prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age. The board will not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination, harassment or bullying in any of its educational or employment activities or programs.

The Board takes seriously all complaints of unlawful discrimination, harassment, and bullying. Individuals who have witnessed or have reliable information that another person has been subject to unlawful discrimination, harassment or bullying also should report such violations either verbally or in writing to one of the school system officials (eg. Principal/Assistant Principal; An immediate supervisor, Director of Human Resources; Title IX coordinator for claims of sex discrimination or sexual harassment; Reports may be made anonymously. Please see School Board policies to the right.

All members of the school community are strongly encouraged to report any act that may constitute an incident of discrimination, harassment or bullying. The responsibility for effective prevention and response lies within a collaborative effort of administrators, teachers, school staff, parents, students, school community and community support agencies.

Need Help?

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

Office: 210 349-7273
Toll-free crisis line: 1 800 656-hope (4673)
This national sexual assault hotline will inform the caller of the Rape Crisis Center closest to her/him.

Rape Crisis of NC-REAL

Office: 252-758-4537
Toll-free Crisis Line: 800-273-8255

New Hope of McDowell

Crisis Line 828-652-6150
New HOPE of McDowell, formerly Family Services of McDowell County, Inc., has been providing services to victims, survivors and their families in McDowell County, NC since 1983. For over 30 years, the agency has provided crisis services, community education, and programs that focus on the issues that domestic violence and sexual assault create within our community.

Family Services of McDowell County

Confidential 24-hour hotline: 828-652-6150.
Administrative Line 828-652-8538
McDowell’s refuge for victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and incest in families and relationships, providing emergency shelter, empowerment, and prevention, weekly support group, counseling, assistance filing restraining orders (50-B), court advocacy, legal referrals, community education. Emergency contraception must be sought at the hospital ER or Health Department.

McDowell Hospital Emergency Room

430 Rankin Drive
Marion, NC 28752
Phone: 828-659-5000
When a woman or teenage girl/boy comes into the ER having been raped or sexually assaulted, tests for STDs are administered. Antibiotics will be given if positive. Pregnancy tests are administered too. Emergency Contraception (EC) is also offered.

Mitchell County Safe Place

P.O. Box 544
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Phone: 828 385-1716
Hot line: 828 765-4044.
Answered by a live person 24/7. Safe Place is a domestic violence shelter offering rape and sexual assault counselors, hospital accompaniment, law enforcement involvement, court and legal support, peer group therapy, referral to a therapist, planning for the future.

Options, Inc.

PO Box 2512
Morganton, NC 28655
24-hour crisis line: 828-438-9444
Options is a shelter for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, and incest. It empowers them to press charges and break the cycles of abuse and economic dependence. It offers court advocacy, individual and group therapy. Residents from outside Burke County need a referral from an agency or shelter in their own county.

Bullying Links

National Bullying Prevention Center

North Carolina Anti-Bullying Laws and Policies

McDowell County Schools Tipline: 828-414-5006

Stop Bullying

Board of Education Policies Relating to Title IX

Assaults, Threats and Harassment: #4331

Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying: #1710/4021/7230

Student and Parent Grievance Procedure: #1740/4010

Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying Complaint Procedure: #1720/4015/7225