The agreement reached between the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the West Contra Costa Unified School District commits the district to take the following actions:

-- Designate a Title IX coordinator and ensure that grievance procedures comply with Title IX requirements;

-- Hire a consultant with expertise in the area of sexual harassment prevention and training;

-- Revise its policies, procedures and practices for preventing, promptly investigating and remediating sexual harassment and sexual violence;

-- Develop guidance to help ensure the effectiveness of remedial actions and conduct annual assessments of the climate at district schools to evaluate the effectiveness of the actions being taken, the students' attitudes, knowledge and experiences around sexual harassment, and to inform future proactive steps to ensure a safe environment for students;

-- Take interim measures to ensure the safety of victims, reporting students and the school community; and address any ongoing harassment and prevent retaliation;

-- Create a task force composed of parents, students, community members and representatives of community-based organizations to identify strategies to improve the school climate, and prevent sexual harassment and sexual violence;


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-- Develop a comprehensive plan for educating students, parents and employees to ensure that they are aware of Title IX's prohibition against sex discrimination, including the right to be protected from sexual harassment; how to recognize it when it occurs and how to report incidents. The plan will take into account the results of the climate assessments and recommendations of the task force;

-- Provide annual training to all district staff and school resource officers and age-appropriate instruction to students;

-- Increase supervision of students at school sites and at all school-sponsored after-school activities, whether held on campus or off campus;

-- Implement systems for tracking reports that may constitute sexual harassment, even when no formal complaints are filed, to ensure that incidents are promptly and impartially investigated and resolved, and assess the effectiveness of its efforts to prevent and address sexual harassment and sexual violence.