Title IX Compliance
Title IX compliance is a responsibility we all share throughout the district. Title IX legislation legally protects students, employees and applicants for employment, and other persons from all forms of sex discrimination. All persons at districts that receive federal funds are protected by Title IX—regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, race, or national origin—in all aspects of a recipient’s educational programs and activities (OCR Title IX Resource Guide).
In Silsbee ISD, we believe in treating all students and employees with dignity and take these matters seriously. It is the responsibility of all staff, teachers, and administrators to report complaints of sexual harassment, sexual assault and/or any other forms of sexual misconduct that they receive or of which they may become aware by immediately contacting the Title IX Coordinator, Jeff Burnthorn at 409-980-7819 or email us at jeffrey.burnthorn@silsbeeisd.
Statement of Nondiscrimination
The District prohibits discrimination, including harassment, against any student on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, disability, age, or any other basis prohibited by law. The District prohibits dating violence, as defined by this policy. Retaliation against anyone involved in the complaint process is a violation of District policy and is prohibited.
Role of the Title IX Coordinator(s):
Although the recipient of the complaint is ultimately responsible for ensuring that it complies with Title IX and other laws, the Title IX coordinator is an integral part of a recipient’s systematic approach to ensuring nondiscrimination, including a nondiscriminatory environment. Title IX coordinators can be effective agents for ensuring gender equity within their institutions only when they are provided with the appropriate authority and support necessary to coordinate their institution’s Title IX compliance, including access to all of their institution’s relevant information and resources (OCR Title IX Resource Guide).
In compliance with the requirements of Title IX, 34 C.F.R. § 106.45 (b)(10), Silsbee Independent School District has provided required training to all Title IX personnel including the Silsbee ISD Title IX Coordinator, Investigators, Decision-Makers, and Facilitators on August 11, 2020. This training can be viewed by accessing the PDF below.
The Silsbee ISD does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, age, military status, genetic information or on any other basis prohibited by law. Additionally, the district does not discriminate against an employee or applicant who acts to oppose such discrimination or participates in the investigation of a complaint related to a discriminatory employment practice. Employment decisions will be made on the basis of each applicant’s job qualifications, experience, and abilities.