The U.S. Department of Education has published regulations for implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination in federally assisted education programs.

Title IX states, in part: “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 education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

The Board ensures compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the regulations promulgated through the U.S. Department of Education.

The Board has developed informal and formal discrimination and harassment complaint procedures. The procedures provide for impartial investigation free from conflicts of interest. The Board also has identified disciplinary measures that may be imposed upon the offender. Nothing in this policy or procedure prevents an individual from pursuing action through State and/or Federal law, contacting law enforcement, or from filing a complaint with the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The Board designates the following individual(s) to serve as the District’s Title IX Coordinator:

Title: Dr. Mara Banfield, Valley STEM Superintendent

Address: MCCTC, 7300 N. Palmyra Rd., Canfield, OH 44406

Phone number: (330) 729-4000 X1207

Email: mara.banfield@mahoningctc.com

The Title IX Coordinator serves as the grievance officer and coordinates the District’s efforts to comply with and carry out responsibilities under Title IX, including any complaint under Title IX. He/She is vested with the authority and responsibility for investigating all sexual harassment complaints in accordance with the procedures set forth in the accompanying regulation and staff and student handbooks.

MCCTC/Valley STEM Title IX Coordinator(s) have participated in training seminars provided by the law firm of Squire Patton Boggs through the Mahoning Educational Service Center. This training covers all requirements for the effective implementation of Title IX in K-12 settings. All training materials are available below:

*Complete Board of Education policies pertaining to Title IX are available upon request from the Board of Education offices at 7300 N. Palmyra Rd, Canfield, OH 44406.