Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is the major statute prohibiting sex discrimination in education. 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 assistance.
Federal regulations for title IX were issued in 1975 and prohibit discrimination in:
- access to courses and other educational activities
- scholastic intercollegiate, club, or intramural athletics
- physical education
- based on marital or parental status or pregnancy
- sex discrimination (employees and students)
- sexual harassment (employees and students)
The St. Mary’s County Public School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, or disability in matters affecting employment or in providing access to programs. Inquiries related to this policy may be addressed to the Assistant Superintendent of Fiscal Services and Human Resources, St. Mary's County Public Schools, 23160 Moakley Street, Suite 107, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:
Students, parents/legal guardians, and community members may report allegations of harassment to the School Title IX Coordinator at their school or :
Mr. Erich Engel-Cope
School Title IX Coordinator
Leonardtown Middle School
24015 Point Lookout Road
Leonardtown, MD 20650
301-475-0230 ext. 45110
Employees may report allegations of harassment to:
Dr. Dale Farrell
Chief of Staff
Department of Human Resources
23160 Moakley Street
Leonardtown, MD 20650
301-475-5511 ext. 32247
For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit the Office of Civil Rights Complaint Assessment System at: http://ocrcas.ed.gov or call 1-800-421-3481.
Anti-sexual, Anti-racial, and Anti-disability Harassment Statement
St. Mary’s County Public Schools does not tolerate any form of harassment including, but not limited to, sexual, racial, or disability. Any student or employee who believes that he or she has been subjected to any form of harassment is encouraged to report the allegation of harassment.
St. Mary's County Public Schools (SMCPS) is committed to conducting a prompt investigation for any allegation of harassment. If harassment has occurred, the individual will be disciplined in accordance with SMCPS policy. Disciplinary actions for students found to have engaged in any form of harassment may result in suspension or expulsion. Disciplinary actions for employees found to have engaged in any form of harassment may result in suspension or termination. For further information on notice of non –discrimination, visit the Office of Civil Rights Complaint Assessment System for the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.
Links & Resources
To obtain a copy of the District’s Title IX policies, including the grievance process that complies with 34 C.F.R. § 106.45(b) of the 2020 Title IX Regulations, please contact :