Staff

Title IX Coordinator: Amber Mendoza 
amendoza@esperanzacybercs.net
267-535-0096
Decision-Maker Panel: 
Federal Programs Coordinator, Supervisor of Student Engagement, and Lead Guidance Counselor
Appeal Decision-Maker: 
Human Resources Director and Esperanza Legal Council 

What is Title IX? 

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, protects students from discrimination based on sex in educational programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that: 

No person shall, based on sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any academic, extracurricular, research, occupational training, or other education program or activity operated by a recipient which receives Federal financial assistance. 

Esperanza Cyber Charter School (ECCS) is committed to complying with Title IX. It has a policy and procedure that covers student-on-student and employee-on-student sexual harassment.  

 

When Does Title IX Apply? 

Title IX covers sexual harassment in a school’s education program or activity. Including locations, events, and circumstances where a school exercises substantial control over the context of the alleged harassment and the person accused of committing the sexual harassment. 

 

What is Sexual Harassment Considered Under Title IX?
Title IX prohibits the following conduct based on sex that satisfies one or more of the following: 

  • Unwelcome conduct that is objectively offensive and effectively denies a person equal access to the school’s education program or activity. 
  • School employees condition educational benefits on participation in unwelcome sexual conduct, otherwise known as “Quid Pro Quo” harassment. 
  • Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking

 

How Will ECCS Respond to Allegations/Knowledge of Sexual Harassment?

  • Any person, whether the alleged victim or a parent, friend, or bystander, has the right to report sexual harassment to any staff member at ECCS. 
  • All ECCS staff must report any sexual harassment witnessed within the learning environment to the Title IX Coordinator. 
  • ECCS is obligated to take action once there is knowledge or accusations of sexual harassment.
  • A grievance procedure will take place once a complaint is made.
  • The Title IX Coordinator will investigate allegations and turn evidence over to the Decision Making Panel where actions will then be taken.
  • Both the complainant and respondent have equal rights throughout the investigation and hearing:
    • The opportunity to present witnesses (including experts)
    • The opportunity to present evidence (inculpatory and exculpatory)
  • No one will be forced, threatened, coerced, or discriminated against for choosing not to be a part of this grievance process.
  • The Title IX Coordinator will arrange for supportive measures for the complainant. Such supporting measures could include:
    • Counseling
    • Extension of deadlines
    • Modification of work or class schedules
    • Escort services
    • Mutual restrictions on contact between individuals

 

How to File a Complaint?

  1. Anyone can file a report (student, friend, parent, family member, teacher, staff member, administration)
  2. Download the ECCS Report Form
  3. Be sure to complete all sections of the form. 
  4. Be as specific as possible when discussing the incidents. Your report is not limited to the space provided. You are encouraged to attach additional materials to assist the investigation process.
  5. Please be sure to include: the date(s), the incident(s) that occurred, the name(s) of the person(s) involved, and the name(s) of those who may have witnessed the incident(s).
  6. Sign and email the form to either the Title IX Coordinator, Amber Mendoza: amendoza@esperanzacybercs.net, or any school leadership.

To view the Title IX Policy in detail click on the following link Title IX Policy

If you have questions regarding the complaint process and/or complaint form, please contact the Title IX Coordinator:
Amber Mendoza – Title IX Coordinator
Phone: 267-535-0096
Fax: 215-689-1400

Mailing Address:
Amber Mendoza Title IX Coordinator
4261 N. 5th Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19140

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