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Title IX

In compliance with the requirements of Title IX, 34 C.F.R. § 106.45 (b)(10), Valley View has provided required training to all Title IX personnel including the District’s Title IX Coordinator(s), Investigator(s), Decision-Maker(s), and Facilitator(s).  Training sessions took place from 9/17/20- 3/10/21.  This training can be viewed by accessing the links at the bottom of this page. 

The Valley View LSD Board Policy states: 


Valley View Board of Education Policies 

The Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of the Protected Classes of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and transgender identity), disability, age (except as authorized by law), religion, military status, ancestry, or genetic information (collectively, "Protected Classes") in its educational programs or activities.

The Board also does not discriminate on the basis of Protected Classes in its employment policies and practices as they relate to students, and does not tolerate harassment of any kind.

Equal educational opportunities shall be available to all students, without regard to the Protected Classes, age (unless age is a factor necessary to the normal operation or the achievement of any legitimate objective of the program/activity), place of residence within the boundaries of the District, or social or economic background, to learn through the curriculum offered in this District. Educational programs shall be designed to meet the varying needs of all students.

The Valley View LSD Administrative guidelines includes:

The United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") considers gender-based harassment to be a form of sex discrimination. In 2010, OCR stated:

Title IX prohibits harassment of both male and female students regardless of the sex of the harasser – i.e., even if the harasser and target are members of the same sex. It also prohibits gender-based harassment, which may include acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping. Thus, it can be sex discrimination if students are harassed either for exhibiting what is perceived as a stereotypical characteristic of their sex, or failing to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity and femininity. Title IX also prohibits sexual harassment and gender-based harassment of all students, regardless of the actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of the harasser or target.

Although Title IX does not prohibit discrimination based solely on sexual orientation, Title IX does protect all students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students, from sex discrimination. When students are subjected to harassment on the basis of their LGBT status, they may also be subjected to forms of sex discrimination prohibited under Title IX. The fact that the harassment includes anti-LGBT comments or is partly based on the target’s actual or perceived sexual orientation does not relieve a school of its obligation under Title IX to investigate and remedy overlapping sexual harassment or gender-based harassment.

Courts have endorsed this interpretation of Title IX.

Administrators and professional staff are directed to thoroughly investigate any allegations of gender-based harassment.

Any questions concerning whether alleged conduct might involve gender-based harassment/sex discrimination should be promptly brought to the Superintendent’s attention.

Schedule of Administrator Title IX Training

  Implementing Title IX New Regulations (FBT) Coordinator Training (BE) Investigator Training (BE) Informal Resolution Officer Training (BE) Decision Maker Training (BE) Report Writing for Investigators/ Decision-Makers (BE)
Nichole Thomas 8/12/20 10/1/20 9/24/20 9/25/20    
Digger Phillips 8/12/20 10/1/20 9/17/20 9/25/20   3/4/21
Todd Kozarec 8/12/20   12/10/20      
Lindsey Schmidt 8/12/20          
Brian Lemke     3/10/21      
Erick Depew 8/12/20          
Andy Berry 8/12/20          
Denny Shepherd 8/12/20          
Sarah Pickerell 8/12/20          
Patrick McKee            
Joe Scholler            

Title IX Coordinator(s)

The following individual(s) serve as the District Title IX Coordinator(s) and are responsible for overseeing and coordinating the District’s efforts to comply with Title IX and its implementing regulations:


Nichole Thomas
Director of Curriculum/Instruction
59 Peffley Street
Germantown, Ohio 45327
937-855-6581 ext. 7


Kevin Phillips
Director of Student Services
64 Comstock Street
Germantown, Ohio 45327
937-855-6581 ext. 5


Title IX Training Materials:

Title IX Resolution Officer Training

Implementing Title IX’s New Regulations

Report Writing for Investigators & Decision-Makers