Title IX

  • Gaston County Schools  does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Discrimination on the basis of sex, including any form of sexual harassment as that term is defined under Title IX, in any program or activity of the school system will not be tolerated. 

    Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the school district's Title IX coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.  

    The contact information for the Title IX coordinator is as follows:

    Title IX Coordinator is: Judy Leahy, Director of Compliance for Section 504/ADA/Title IX Coordinator
    Office Address: 215 W. Third Avenue, Gastonia, NC 28054
    Email Address: jmleahy@gaston.k12.nc.us
    Phone Number: 704-866-6245

    Sexual Harassment Reporting Tool

    The contact information for the Office for Civil Rights with jurisdiction over North Carolina is as follows:

    400 Maryland Ave, SW
    Washington, DC 20202-1475
    Telephone: 202-453-6020 
    TDD: 800-877-8339
    FAX: 202-453-6021           
    Email: OCR.DC@ed.gov

    Gaston County Schools Anti-Harassment Statement

    Gaston County Schools (“GCS”) does not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination or harassment in any of its education activities or programs. GCS acknowledges the dignity and worth of all students and employees and strives to create a safe, orderly, caring, and inviting school environment to facilitate student learning and achievement. Discrimination is prohibited on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, disability, or age (over 40), and will provide equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups required by law.   Any student who believes that he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment, any parent of such a student, or any student who believes that another student is being subjected to sexual harassment is encouraged to report the harassment to GCS, specifically to the Title IX Coordinator: Judy Leahy, 704-866-6245, jmleahy@gaston.k12.nc.us.

    GCS is committed to conducting a prompt investigation of any such reports. Counseling and educational resources will be available to students who have alleged harassment and to students accused of sexual harassment. Students found to have engaged in acts of harassment or other acts that create a hostile environment may be disciplined including, if circumstances warrant, suspension or expulsion. GCS encourages students, parents, and staff to work together to prevent sexual harassment.

    Important Board Policy Links
    Title IX Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex Policy 1720/4031/7235  

    Title IX Sexual Harassment Prohibited Conduct And Reporting Process Policy 1725/4035/7236 

    Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance and Process Policy 1726/4036/7237  

    Discrimination and Harassment Prohibited by Federal Law Policy 1710/4023/7230  

    Staff-Student Relations Policy 4375/7310 

    Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disabilities Policy 7220  

    Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace Policy 7232  

    Assaults and Threats Policy 4331  

    Bullying and Harassing Behavior Prohibited Policy 4329/7311  

    School-Level Investigations Policy 4339  

    Training Requirements

    All of Gaston County Schools Employees have been provided with the  TITLE IX  Compliance TRAINING FOR ALL GCS EMPLOYEES  by August 14, 2020.

    Title IX Coordinators, investigators, decision-makers, and those involved in any informal resolution process receive annual training on these topics with Campbell Shatley Attorneys at Law.  www.csedlaw.com