Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in education program or activities, which receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX 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 program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
The New Mexico Public Education Department, including its Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, supports Title IX. The Public Education Department values diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, disability, age or sexual orientation in its programs and activities. Anyone who believes that they have been subjected to sex-discrimination under any educational program or activity of the Public Education Department receiving any federal financial assistance should contact the Title IX coordinator designated below:
Please direct all PED and District Title IX inquiries to
Sharona Secatero Sharona.Secatero2@ped.nm.gov
Safe and Healthy Schools Bureau
Stop Sexual Assault in Schools
Title IX Trainings
Title IX requires annual school staff training. To support that requirement, the PED offers employee training at this link. The agency has also put together a training to help administrators and Title IX coordinators know their Title IX responsibilities and how to fulfill them. The administrator training is available at this link. Users will need to log in to Catalog to enroll in either training. Login issues or trouble accessing Catalog? Complete a CANVAS help desk ticket.
Stop Sexual Assault in Schools (SSAIS.org) provides a practical, one-stop resource for students, families, and school administrators. The SSAIS website educates students about their Title IX right to an education free from sexual harassment and violence, identifies resources for survivors, makes the reporting process simple, provides sample complaints, and empowers through its engaging toolkit programs.
School District Title IX Coordinators
All school districts receiving federal financial assistance must designate at least one employee to coordinate their efforts to comply with and carry out their responsibilities under Title IX. This person is referred to as a Title IX coordinator.
Your school district is required to publish your Title IX coordinator’s contact information in your school’s notice of nondiscrimination, typically found in any bulletins, announcements, publications, catalogs, application forms, or other recruitment materials. The Title IX coordinator’s contact information should also be prominently posted on your school’s website. Title IX coordinators for public school districts can also be found on the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) coordinators website.
In April 2015, U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released a guidance package emphasizing the responsibility of school districts, colleges and universities to designate a Title IX coordinator. The package also contains an overview of the law’s requirements in several key areas, including athletics, single-sex education, sex-based harassment, and discipline.