Legal and Policy Services

Notice of Compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No.35 is committed to ensuring accessibility to its facilities and services, including our website, for students, parents, and members of the community, including those with disabilities. If you are unable to access any of our facilities, attend school events, or access our website due to a disability, please contact us at (520) 375-8260 for assistance and/or reasonable accommodations.  

 

Preventing Sexual Harassment
Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Policy

Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35 is committed to providing students and employees an environment free of sexual violence, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct or communication constituting sexual harassment as prohibited by State and federal law. Governing Board Policy prohibits sexual harassment and discrimination by a staff member to a student, a staff member to another staff member, or a student to another student in any program or activity, which means all academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic, or other programs.

Governing Board Policies

 

Employee Resources



If you are a district employee and have witnessed, heard about or received written information that sexual harassment has occurred at school or school-sponsored event, please complete the ACA-E form, Sexual Harrassment and return it to the superintendent.

What is Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including gender-based and sexual harassment and discrimination, in the District's educational programs and activities, including employment. The District is committed to maintaining an educational and working environment free from sex discrimination and harassment. Any student or employee who believes they have been subjected to discrimination on the basis of sex, or anyone who has witnessed or otherwise learned that sexual harassment has or may have occurred in a program or activity of the District, whether by students or by District employees, is encouraged to follow the procedures outlined on this site.


If you have experienced or witnessed an act of sexual harassment, discrimination, or dating/partner violence, you are encouraged to report the incident to the District’s Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Melisa Lunderville, (520) 375-8283 between the hours of 7:30-4:00.

For Immediate Assistance: If you are in an emergency situation, make sure you are in a safe place and call 911. For non-emergencies, contact the MPS Title IX Coordinator, the Department of Public Safety, or local law enforcement.

Sexual Harassment

The 2020 Title IX regulations define sexual harassment broadly to include any of three types of misconduct that, on the basis of sex, jeopardize an individual’s equal access to education and the educational programs and activities that Title IX is designed to protect. These three types of misconduct are:

1. Any instance of quid pro quo harassment by a school employee;

2. Any unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would find so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it denies a person equal educational access;

3. Any instance of sexual assault as defined in the Clery Act, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as defined in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

 

Nondiscrimination Notice

In compliance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments on 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Arizona statute, Mesa Public Schools does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with District policy, state, and/or federal law.

Board Polices