Title IX and Nondiscrimination Statement
Each student and employee have a right to learn and work in an environment that is free from unlawful discrimination. No LMA student or employee shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity or expression.
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 is one of several federal and state anti-discrimination laws that ensure equality in education. Title IX prohibits discrimination, harassment, exclusion, denial, limitation or separation based on sex or gender. Title IX applies to both male and female students in any educational institution receiving federal funding.
California Education Code Sections 200 through 282 and LMA Policy prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation or gender. Title IX requires that every school or institution have a Title IX Bullying Coordinator to whom concerns or complaints regarding sex discrimination can be made.
- Students or parents/guardians should report their verbal or written Title IX complaint to the LMA administrator within six months from the date the incident occurred. This will begin the informal investigation process which must be completed within 60 days. Complainants have a right to a timely and informal resolution at the LMA site.
- If the complainant is dissatisfied with the LMA decision, an appeal of the findings may be made to the California Department of Education - Office of Equal Opportunity.
Where Can Students/Parents Obtain Further Information or Assistance?
Leadership Military Academy is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying. Leadership Military Academy prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying based on the actual or perceived characteristics set forth in Penal Code § 422.5, Education Code § 220 and actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, ethnic group identification, ancestry, nationality, national origin, religion, color, mental or physical disability, age, or on the basis of a person's association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, in any program or activity it conducts or to which it provides significant assistance.
Discrimination is different treatment on the basis of a protected category in the context of an educational program or activity without a legitimate nondiscriminatory reason and interferes with or limits the individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by Leadership Military Academy.
Harassment occurs when: (1) the target is subjected to unwelcome conduct related to a protected category; (2) the harassment is both subjectively offensive to the target and would be offensive to a reasonable person of the same age and characteristics under the same circumstances; and (3) the harassment is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere with or limit an individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities offered by Leadership Military Academy.
Upon witnessing an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of a protected category (as enumerated above), Leadership Military Academy personnel are required to take immediate steps to intervene when it is safe to do so. Once a Leadership Military Academy or office has notice of discriminatory, harassing, intimidating or bullying conduct, whether carried out by employees, students, or third parties, it should take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred and take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the conduct, eliminate a hostile environment, if one has been created and prevent the conduct from occurring again. These steps should be taken whether or not an individual makes a complaint or asks the Leadership Military Academy or office to take action.
This nondiscrimination policy applies to all acts related to Leadership Military Academy activity or Leadership Military Academy attendance within any Leadership Military Academy or office under the jurisdiction of Leadership Military Academy.
For inquiries or complaints related to discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying of students based on the actual or perceived characteristics listed above, contact your Leadership Military Academy’s administrator or the Leadership Military Academy’s Title IX Coordinator.
For inquiries or complaints related to employee-to-employee, student-to-employee, or work/employment related discrimination, harassment, or intimidation, contact your Leadership Military Academy administrator or the Leadership Military Academy’s Title IX Coordinator.
Leadership Military Academy is committed to maintaining an educational environment that is free from harassment. The Board prohibits sexual harassment of students by other students, employees or other persons, at school or at school-sponsored or school-related activities. The Board also prohibits retaliatory behavior or action against person who complain, testify, assist or otherwise participate in the complaint process established pursuant to this policy and the administrative regulation.
Neither Leadership Military Academy nor any person may intimidate, threaten, coerce, or discriminate against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX, or because the individual has in good faith made a report or complaint, testified, assisted, or participated or refused to participate in any manner in an investigation.