Altoona Area School District
Notice of Nondiscrimination/Harassment
The Altoona Area School District strives to provide a safe, positive learning environment for students and employees. The District does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs or activities that it operates and the District works to ensure its operations are in compliance with Title IX.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by recipients of federal funds. It states: “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 educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Title IX’s protection applies at all elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities—public or private—that receive federal financial assistance, and at certain other educational institutions. The protection extends to all aspects of these institutions’ education programs and activities. Title IX prohibits all forms of sex discrimination, including gender-based harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual violence.
The Altoona Area School District will strive to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. Failure to promptly and equitably investigate alleged sexual harassment or sex discrimination is a violation of Title IX (34 C.F.R. Part 106). The District will act positively to promptly investigate alleged sexual discrimination or sexual harassment claims and to take appropriate corrective action when an allegation is determined to be valid. No retaliation may be taken against any person for making a report of discrimination or filing a complaint in good faith.
Complaints of sexual discrimination or harassment are to be directed to:
Patricia L. Burlingame, Title IX Coordinator
Altoona Area High School
1415 Sixth Avenue Altoona, PA 16602 (814) 946-8305
Title IX Complaints involving the Title IX Coordinator shall be referred to: Margaret M. McMinn, Director of Human Resources, Office of Human Resources
1415 Sixth Avenue Altoona, PA 16602 (814) 946-8325