Bullying & Harassment Prevention Overview

Wonderful College Prep Academy (“WCPA”) desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in WCPA’s academic, extracurricular, and other educational support programs, services, and activities. The Board prohibits, at any WCPA school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying, targeted at any student by anyone, based on the student's actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Title IX

WCPA’s Title IX Policy and Procedures

WCPA Delano Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint Policy and Procedures (English)

WCPA Delano Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint Policy and Procedures (Spanish)

WCPA Lost Hills Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint Policy and Procedures (English)

WCPA Lost Hills Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint Policy and Procedures (Spanish)

Title IX Coordinator/Uniform Complaint Compliance Officer

WCPA designates the following individuals as the responsible employees to coordinate its efforts to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and California Education Code Section 234.1, as well as to investigate and resolve sexual harassment complaints under WCPA’s uniform complaint procedures. WCPA’s Title IX Coordinator and Uniform Complaint Compliance Officer may be contacted at:

WCPA’s Title IX Coordinator:


Bill Toomey, Chief Business Officer
Wonderful College Prep Academy, Main Office
2070 Veneto Street, Delano, CA 93215
(661) 721-2887
Email

WCPA’s Uniform Complaint Compliance Officer:


Ana Martinez, Superintendent
Wonderful College Prep Academy, Main Office
2070 Veneto Street, Delano, CA 93215
(661) 721-2887
Email 


How do I file a compliant under Title IX?


A sexual harassment complaint may be filed verbally or in writing with the school site principal, Superintendent, or with WCPA’s Title IX Coordinator (see above).  You may file a complaint alleging sex or gender-based discrimination with the Title IX Coordinator at any time by telephone, in person, US mail, or by e-mail.  Claims should be made within six months from the date the alleged incident occurred or you first obtained knowledge of the incident. 

When must a complaint be filed?


Discrimination complaints (alleging discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying) may be filed only by persons who allege that they have personally suffered unlawful discrimination or who believe that an individual or any specific class of individuals has been subjected to unlawful discrimination. The complaint shall be initiated no later than six (6) months from the date that the alleged unlawful discrimination occurred, or six (6) months from the date that the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged unlawful discrimination. The time for filing may be extended for up to 90 days by the Superintendent or designee for good cause upon written request by the complainant setting forth the reasons for the extension. (5 CCR 4630)

How will a complaint be investigated?


You have the right to a prompt and equitable response.  WCPA will investigate your complaint and render findings within a specified time period. The investigation may include interviewing alleged victims, alleged offenders, and relevant witnesses, as well as reviewing available records, statements, or notes related to the complaint, including evidence or information received from the parties during the investigation. The investigator may visit reasonably accessible locations where discrimination is alleged to have occurred.  As appropriate, WCPA’s TItle IX coordinator periodically will inform the parties of the status of the investigation. The parties have the right to review relevant evidence. The parties will be notified when a decision is made.

You may find additional information and resources regarding Title IX and sex-based harassment here:

Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Telephone: 800-421-3481
FAX: 202-453-6012; TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: OCR@ed.gov

Main Page-Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

Know Your Rights: Title IX Prohibits Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Where you Go to School

Know Your Rights: Title IX Requires Your School to Address Sexual Violence

How to File a Discrimination Complaint with the OCR

OCR-Discrimination Complaint Form

 

California Department of Education

Office of Equal Opportunity

Gender Equity/Title IX - Equal Opportunity & Access (CA Dept of Education)

What is Harassment And Discrimination Based On Sex?

Harassment and other discrimination on the basis of sex include, but are not limited to, the following practices:

(a) On the basis of sex, exclusion of a person or persons from participation in, denial of the benefits of, or subjection to harassment or other discrimination in, any academic, extracurricular, research, occupational training, or other program or activity.

(b) On the basis of sex, provision of different amounts or types of student financial aid, limitation of eligibility for student financial aid, or the application of different criteria to applicants for student financial aid or for participation in the provision of student financial aid by others. Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to prohibit an educational institution from administering, or assisting in the administration of, scholarships, fellowships, or other forms of student financial aid, established pursuant to domestic or foreign wills, bequests, trusts, or similar legal instruments or by acts of a foreign government, which require that awards be made to members of a particular sex; provided, that the overall effect of the award of these sex-restricted scholarships, fellowships, and other forms of student financial aid does not discriminate on the basis of sex.

 

(c) On the basis of sex, exclusion from participation in, or denial of equivalent opportunity in, athletic programs. For purposes of this subdivision, “equivalent” means equal or equal in effect.

 

(d) An educational institution may be found to have effectively accommodated the interests and abilities in athletics of both sexes within the meaning of Section 4922 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations as that section exists on January 1, 2003, using any one of the following tests:

 

(1) Whether interscholastic level participation opportunities for male and female pupils are provided in numbers substantially proportionate to their respective enrollments.

(2) Where the members of one sex have been and are underrepresented among interscholastic athletes, whether the school district can show a history and continuing practice of program expansion that is demonstrably responsive to the developing interest and abilities of the members of that sex.

(3) Where the members of one sex are underrepresented among interscholastic athletes, and the institution cannot show a history and continuing practice of program expansion as required in paragraph (2), whether the school district can demonstrate that the interest and abilities of the members of that sex have been fully and effectively accommodated by the present program.

(e) If an educational institution must cut its athletic budget, the educational institution shall do so consistently with its legal obligation to comply with both state and federal gender equity laws.

(f) It is the intent of the Legislature that the three-part test articulated in subdivision (d) be interpreted as it has been in the policies and regulations of the Office of Civil Rights in effect on January 1, 2003.

(g) On the basis of sex, harassment or other discrimination among persons, including, but not limited to, students and nonstudents, or academic and nonacademic personnel, in employment and the conditions thereof, except as it relates to a bona fide occupational qualification.

(h) On the basis of sex, the application of any rule concerning the actual or potential parental, family, or marital status of a person, or the exclusion of any person from any program or activity or employment because of pregnancy or related conditions.

 

What are students’ rights?

(a) You have the right to fair and equitable treatment and you shall not be discriminated against based on your sex.

(b) You have the right to be provided with an equitable opportunity to participate in all academic extracurricular activities, including athletics.

(c) You have the right to inquire of the athletic director of your school as to the athletic opportunities offered by the school.

(d) You have the right to apply for athletic scholarships.

(e) You have the right to receive equitable treatment and benefits in the provision of all of the following:

(1) Equipment and supplies.

(2) Scheduling of games and practices.

(3) Transportation and daily allowances.

(4) Access to tutoring.

(5) Coaching.

(6) Locker rooms.

(7) Practice and competitive facilities.

(8) Medical and training facilities and services.

(9) Publicity.

(f) You have the right to have access to a gender equity coordinator to answer questions regarding gender equity laws.

 

(g) You have the right to contact the State Department of Education and the California Interscholastic Federation to access information on gender equity laws.

 

(h) You have the right to file a confidential discrimination complaint with the United States Office of Civil Rights or the State Department of Education if you believe you have been discriminated against or if you believe you have received unequal treatment on the basis of your sex.

 

(i) You have the right to pursue civil remedies if you have been discriminated against.

 

(j) You have the right to be protected against retaliation if you file a discrimination complaint.

Related Policies

Suicide Prevention Policy for Grades K-12

WCPA Delano Youth Suicide Prevention Policy (English)

WCPA Delano Youth Suicide Prevention Policy (Spanish)

WCPA Lost Hills Youth Suicide Prevention Policy (English)

WCPA Lost Hills Youth Suicide Prevention Policy (Spanish)

 

Student Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures

WCPA Delano Student Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures (English)

WCPA Delano Student Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures (Spanish)

WCPA Lost Hills Student Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures (English)

WCPA Lost Hills Student Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures (Spanish)

 

Hate Motivated Behavior Policy 

WCPA Delano Hate Motivated Behavior Policy (English)

WCPA Delano Hate Motivated Behavior Policy (Spanish)

WCPA Lost Hills Hate Motivated Behavior Policy (English)

WCPA Lost Hills Hate Motivated Behavior Policy (Spanish)

 

Non-Discrimination Harassment Policy

WCPA Delano Nondiscrimination Harassment Policy (English)

WCPA Delano Nondiscrimination Harassment Policy (Spanish)

WCPA Lost Hills Nondiscrimination Harassment Policy (English)

WCPA Lost Hills Nondiscrimination Harassment Policy (Spanish)

 

Anti-Bullying Policy

WCPA Delano Anti-Bullying Policy and Procedures for Bullying Prevention (English)

WCPA Delano Anti-Bullying Policy and Procedures for Bullying Prevention (Spanish)

WCPA Lost Hills Anti-Bullying Policy and Procedures for Bullying Prevention (English)

WCPA Lost Hills Anti-Bullying Policy and Procedures for Bullying Prevention (Spanish)

 

Anti-Cyber Bullying Procedures

WCPA Delano Anti-Bullying Policy and Procedures for Bullying Prevention (English)

WCPA Delano Anti-Bullying Policy and Procedures for Bullying Prevention (Spanish)

WCPA Lost Hills Anti-Bullying Policy and Procedures for Bullying Prevention (English)

WCPA Lost Hills Anti-Bullying Policy and Procedures for Bullying Prevention (Spanish)

 

Social Media Bullying Policy

WCPA recognizes the harmful effects of bullying on student well-being, student learning, and school attendance and desires to provide a safe school environment that protects students from physical and emotional harm.  WCPA has adopted a policy and procedures for preventing all forms of bullying, including social media bullying (see above) in the following forums:

(A) Internet websites with free registration and ease of registration.

(B) Internet websites offering peer-to-peer instant messaging.

(C) Internet websites offering comment forums or sections.

(D) Internet websites offering image or video posting platforms.