Title IX

Fenton Charter Public Schools

Sexual Harassment Policy

Title IX – Sex Based Discrimination is Prohibited



Sexual Harassment Overview – Title IX

Sexual harassment of or by employees, students, or persons doing business with the Charter School, is a form of sex discrimination in that it constitutes differential treatment on the basis of sex, sexual orientation (actual or perceived), or gender or gender identity (actual or perceived).  As such, any act of sexual harassment is a violation of state and federal laws and a violation of Charter School policy. 

Conduct which may result in sexual harassment may include, but is not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Physical - unwelcome conduct such as unwanted touching, pinching, kissing, patting, or hugging; the blocking of normal movement; stalking; assault; and/or physical interference with work or study directed at an individual because of the individual's sex, sexual orientation, or gender.
  • Verbal - unwelcome conduct such as the use of suggestive, derogatory, or vulgar comments; the use of sexual innuendo or slurs; making unwanted sexual advances, invitations, or comments; pestering for dates; making threats; and/or spreading rumors about or rating others as to their sexual activity or performance.
  • Visual - unwelcome conduct such as the display of sexually suggestive objects, pictures, posters, written material, cartoons, or drawings; the use of graffiti and/or computer-generated images of a sexual nature; and/or the use of obscene gestures or leering.
  • Threats, demands, or pressure to submit to sexual requests in order to keep a job or academic standing or to avoid other loss, and/or offers of benefits in return for sexual favors.


How can students prevent sexual harassment?

  • Do not harass or encourage those who harass other students. Remember, “I was only kidding”, will never be accepted as a defense to sexual harassment.
  • Give everyone respect. Be sensitive to how others perceive your actions or words.
  • If you are harassed, tell the harasser that the conduct offends you and you want it to stop, if it is safe for you to do so.
  • Do not be a social spectator. If you witness the harassment or bullying of others, you can respond by reporting the incident to your teacher or school administrator. Remember, doing nothing empowers the harasser.
  • If the harassment does not stop, report it. It is up to your school to investigate and take action. There are many ways to deal with sexual harassment; silence is not the answer. Ignoring it does not stop it.
  • If a friend or a classmate confides in you, listen with understanding and support. Encourage that person to report the harassment.


Sexual Harassment Complaint Process

Students and parents/guardians can report a verbal or written complaint to the Charter School Director (Title IX Bullying Complaint Manager) or Dean of Students within six months from the date of the incident occurred.  Complainants have the right to a timely and informal resolution at the school site.

  • Complainants who are not satisfied with the school site resolution, can file a Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) complaint with the Director of the school. This will begin the formal investigation process, which must be completed within 60 days.


Additional FCPS Resources:

Uniform Complaint Policy

Anti-Bully Policy

Fenton Policy Against Unlawful Harassment and Complaint Process


What is Title IX?

Federal Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all educational programs and activities, including athletic programs. Discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment and sexual violence. Title IX states that 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 academic, extracurricular, research, occupational training, or other education program or activity operated by a recipient which receives federal financial assistance.

Title IX requires schools to take immediate and appropriate action to investigate when it knows, or reasonably should know, of a possible Title IX violation. Title IX information provided here applies to every school site and to all school programs and activities. Title IX protects all participants in the school programs, including students, parents, employees, and job applicants. Fenton Charter Public Schools complies with Title IX, as required by federal law.

Rights Under Title IX

Under California Education Code 221.8:  

  1. You have the right to fair and equitable treatment and you shall not be discriminated against based on your sex.
  2. You have the right to be provided with an equitable opportunity to participate in all academic extracurricular activities, including athletics.
  3. You have the right to inquire of the athletic director of your school as to the athletic opportunities offered by the school.
  4. You have the right to apply for athletic scholarships.
  5. You have the right to receive equitable treatment and benefits in the provision of all of the following:
  1. Equipment and supplies.
  2. Scheduling of games and practices.
  3. Transportation and daily allowances.
  4. Access to tutoring.
  5. Coaching.
  6. Locker rooms.
  7. Practice and competitive facilities.
  8. Medical and training facilities and services.
  9. Publicity.
  1. You have the right to have access to a gender equity coordinator to answer questions regarding gender equity laws.
  2. You have the right to contact the State Department of Education to access information on gender equity laws.
  3. You have the right to file a confidential discrimination complaint with the United States Office of Civil Rights or the State Department of Education if you believe you have been discriminated against or if you believe you have received unequal treatment on the basis of your sex.
  4. You have the right to pursue civil remedies if you have been discriminated against.
  5. You have the right to be protected against retaliation if you file a discrimination complaint.


Sexual Harassment Contact Information:


Title IX Coordinators

In the event of a complaint regarding gender equity or sexual harassment, or discrimination, including harassment, intimidation and bullying because of actual or perceived disability, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race, ethnicity, color, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital or parental status, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, contact one of the following Title IX Coordinators:

For complaints against employees:

Irene Sumida, Executive Director
Fenton Charter Public Schools

8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA  91352

(818) 962-3630, extension 5113

(818) 394-9644 - FAX


For student against student complaints:

Fenton Avenue Charter School – School Counselor

11828 Gain Street

Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

Phone:(818) 896-7482

Fax:(818) 890-9986


Fenton Primary Center – School Counselor

11351 Dronfield Avenue

Pacoima, CA 913331

Phone:(818) 485-5900

Fax:(818) 485-5194


Santa Monica Blvd Community Charter School 

1022 N Van Ness Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Phone: (323) 469-0971

Fax: (323) 462-4093


Fenton STEM Academy

8926 Sunland Blvd, Sun Valley CA, 91352

Phone: (818) 962-3636

Fax: (818) 394-9885


Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

8926 Sunland Blvd, Sun Valley CA, 91352

Phone: (818) 962-3636

Fax: (818) 394-9885