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Title IX Information

What Is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal law enacted in 1972 to provide protection against discrimination based on sex.  Title IX specifically states that "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. 

What is Sexual Harassment?

Final rules regarding Title IX changes were released on May 6, 2020, and became actionable on August 14, 2020. These rules include but are not limited to providing clarity on the definition of Sexual Harassment and the steps districts and employees are to take in order to respond to suspected Sexual Harassment.

Sexual Harassment as Defined by Title IX

1.      An employee of the recipient conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the recipient on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct;

2.      Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, AND objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the recipient’s education program or activity.

3.      “Sexual Assault”, “Dating Violence”, “Domestic Violence”, or “Stalking” as defined by the Clery Act. 

Title IX Contacts

Each school and department in Columbia County Schools has a dedicated Title IX contact. Please find the contact information on each school/department webpage and in the Title IX Files box on the district's Title IX Website.

Questions regarding the application of Title IX Procedures may be sent to the District Title IX Coordinator:

Hope Jernigan

Columbia County Schools

Assistant Superintendent

372 West Duval Street Lake City, Florida 32025

Telephone: 386-755-8015


Click here to go to the CCS Title IX Website


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The Columbia County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability or marital status in its education programs, services or activities, or in its hiring or employment practices. The Columbia County School District is required by Title IX and its regulations not to discriminate in such a manner. The district also provides equal access to its facilities to the Boy Scouts and other patriotic youth groups, as required by the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act. Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding discrimination or harassment of all types including sexual harassment or assault may be sent to Hope Jernigan Columbia County School District Equity and Title IX Coordinator at (386) 755-8015 or via email
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