Title IX & Section 504

About Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, often referred to as Title IX, is a federal civil rights law.

Title IX, which began with a focus on discrimination and ensuring equity in sports, includes a major focus on prevention of and response to incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Know Your Rights

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities.

All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges and universities receiving any federal funds must comply with Title IX.

For a statement describing the rights and responsibilities of victims of sexual harassment or those who are the subject of complaints, contact your school office.

How to Get Help or File a Complaint

If you are not sure whether you should make a formal complaint, you can consult the Title IX coordinator at (509) 222-5003 or brian.leavitt@ksd.org. The Title IX coordinator can help you decide if any action needs to be taken and how best to address your situation.

If you believe that you or a Kennewick School District student or staff member has been sexually harassed or sexually assaulted, you can report the incident(s) to any school staff member or the district's Title IX coordinator.

Title IX Coordinator

The Kennewick School District's Title IX coordinator must have knowledge of all Title IX requirements, the district's policies and procedures on sex discrimination, and of all complaints throughout the district that raise Title IX Issues.

The Title IX coordinator's core responsibilities include:

  • Tracking the district's response to reports and complaints of sexual harassment.
  • Determining the appropriate response and remedial actions.
  • Identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems revealed by such reports and complaints.

Kennewick School District's Non-Discrimination Policy


The Kennewick School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Civil Rights Coordinator:
Douglas Christensen
Human Resources Director
(509) 222-5010 | doug.christensen@ksd.org

Title IX and 504 Officer: 
Brian Leavitt
Student Service Director
(509) 222-5003 | brian.leavitt@ksd.org

You can report discrimination and discriminatory harassment to any school staff member or to the district's Civil Rights Coordinator, listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint (see below). For a copy of your district’s nondiscrimination policy and procedure, contact your school or district office: Kennewick School District 1000 W. Fourth Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336 or view at: www.ksd.org


If you believe that you or your child have experienced unlawful discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment at school, you have the right to file a complaint.

Before filing a complaint, you can discuss your concerns with your child’s principal or with the school district’s Section 504 Coordinator, Title IX Officer, or Civil Rights Coordinator, who are listed above. This is often the fastest way to resolve your concerns.

In most cases, complaints must be filed within one year from the date of the incident or conduct that is the subject of the complaint. A complaint must be in writing. Once the district receives your written complaint, the coordinator will give you a copy of the complaint procedure and make sure a prompt and thorough investigation takes place. The superintendent or designee will respond to you in writing within 30 calendar days — unless you agree on a different time period. In its written response, the district will include a summary of the results of the investigation, a determination of whether or not the district failed to comply with civil rights laws, notification that you can appeal this determination, and any measures necessary to bring the district into compliance with civil rights laws. Corrective measures will be put into effect within 30 calendar days after this written response — unless you agree to a different time period. To see the entire complaint process log into: www.ksd.org and go to Title IX page.

Brian Leavitt

Section 504 & Title IX Coordinator
(509) 222-5003

1000 W. Fourth Ave.
Kennewick, WA 99336