Title IX

Title IX Update

On August 14, 2020, the United States Department of Education’s Title IX Final Rule became effective. Though there may be some public controversy about the changes to Title IX legislation, the District’s obligation and commitment to respond to, investigate and act upon reports of sexual harassments, sexual assault or other violations to Title IX law remain the same.  We look forward in the coming weeks to working with staff and students to develop and provide additional resources for our students related to reporting and preventing teen sexual and/or dating violence.

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 states: “No person . . . 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.” In accordance with federal Title IX statutes and similar State statutes, the Board prohibits any discrimination based on gender, sex, or sexual orientation in any District educational program or activity, including, but not limited to program and activities; course accessibility; counseling; physical education; athletics; sexual harassment; pregnant and parenting students; extra-curricular activities, programs and clubs.

Further, the Board of Trustees affirms the Sweetwater Union High School District’s commitment to Title IX legislation through the ongoing support of the Final Joint Compliance Plan for Girls Sports at Castle Park High School. This plan ensures that female student-athletes at Castle Park High School and throughout the District have access to supports and resources to promote athletic participation and excellence.

With regards to allegations of sexual harassment or sexual assault, District employees will continue to follow and enforce California and District procedures which include receiving reports of misconduct, prompt intervention, thorough investigations and disciplinary actions, when warranted.

For more information about the Title IX Final Rule, please click the following link:


For more information about California’s Sex Equity Act in Education, please click on the following link: https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/eo/genequitytitleix.asp

For more information about Sweetwater Union High School District’s Title IX Policies, please click the following link:


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Board Policy

Board Policy 0410 Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities/Title IX

“Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in any federally funded education program or activity.”

Title IX in Athletics provides for:

Equal Opportunities to Play Sports
Equal Treatment and Benefits in School Sports Programs
Prohibition of Retaliation when making a complaint about inequalities

“Our Board is dedicated to ensuring equity permeates our entire organization.” –
Dr. Karen Janney, Superintendent

If you have a question or a concern relating to Title IX at your school please contact your School
Title IX Officer by clicking on the link below

SUHSD Complaint Process

How to File a Complaint – PDF

Title IX – CPH

CDE and US Dept of Ed Links

Title IX Compliance Team

Sonia Picos
Director, Student Support Services / Title IX Officer
Phone: (619) 691-5564
Email: Sonia.Picos@sweetwaterschools.org
Address: 1130 Fifth Ave Chula Vista, CA 91911-2896

Uniform Complaint Procedure

Robert Hughes
Chief Compliance Officer
Phone:(619) 796-7720
Email: robert.hughes@sweetwaterschools.org
Address: 670 L Street Suite G, Chula Vista, CA 91911