Thursday, April 10, 2014
A federal investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) about alleged Title IX violations by Georgetown County School District and Waccamaw High School has been completed.
On April 1, OCR resolved a Title IX complaint involving Georgetown County School District, according to David Thomas, spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Education.
“The District and OCR have entered into a resolution agreement that requires the District to revise its Title IX grievance procedures to provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging sex discrimination, appropriately identify its Title IX Coordinator and publish an accurate notice of nondiscrimination on its website and in its Parent-Student handbooks, and train its administrators and staff on its Title IX procedures and their responsibilities and obligations. OCR will monitor the District's implementation of the agreement to ensure its full implementation,” he stated.
In September, OCR received a complaint alleging that Georgetown County School District discriminated on the basis of sex.
OCR investigated whether the district discriminated on the basis of sex by failing to designate a Title IX coordinator and failing to provide appropriate notification of the identity or contact information for the Title IX coordinator prior to September. OCR was also investigating allegations of retaliation by the District.
The School District did not respond to requests to comment about the investigation by press time.