About Title IX

  • The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces, among other statutes, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance.

    Title IX states 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. Sex discrimination under Title IX includes sexual harassment and sexual violence. Sexual Harassment is defined as conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:

    1. An employee of the recipient conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct.
    2. Any 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 (as defined in the Clery Act), dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as defined in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

    Innovative Arts Academy commitment to nondiscrimination extends to students, employees, prospective employees and the community.

    Title IX concerns should be brought to the attention of the Title IX Coordinator. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX may be made to Equal Rights and Opportunities Director, or to the Director of Civil Rights, Department of Health, Education, Welfare, Washington, D.C.

    Title IX Compliance Officer and Coordinator

    In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, Innovative Arts Academy has a designated Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Designees for employees and students. Innovative Arts Academy Title IX Coordinator should be contacted regarding any inquiries as to the application of Title IX or filing a harassment complaint.

    Rocco Seiler
    Title IX Coordinator / Director of Human Resources
    Innovative Arts Academy
    330 Howertown Road, Catasauqua, PA  18032
    610 403-2787 (phone)
    610 403-2687 (fax)

    Title IX Training Materials

    Training Presentation - New Title IX Regulations K-12 Schools (F/R)

    Training Presentation - New Title IX Regulations for K-12 Schools (K/S)

    Non Discrimination in Programs and Employment Policy

    Innovative Arts Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability or any other legally protected classification in the employment or in the administration of any of its educational programs and activities. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with state and federal laws including Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. All inquiries concerning this policy/questions regarding specific programs, services and facilities for the handicapped should be directed to the IAA equal rights, Title IX officer.