Title IX Sexual Harassment Information and Public Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web Accessibility

       Sexual harassment  (under Title IX) is conduct on the basis of sex that is one or more of the following:

  •    A school employee conditions the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the school on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct;

  •     Unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would find to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it “effectively denies a person equal access” to the school’s education program or activity; or

  •     Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking.

The district shall designate and authorize an employee as the Title IX Coordinator to comply with its responsibilities pertaining to sexual harassment under Title IX. Inquiries about the application of Title IX should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator listed below:

Ashley Sanderson, Title IX Coordinator
Ash Fork Joint Unified School District #31
PO Box 247 Ash Fork, AZ 86320 (928) 637-2561 X109

Important Links

Ash Fork Joint Unified School District #31 Sexual Harassment Policy

Policy ACAA

Regulation ACAA-R

Administrative Policy

Reporting Sexual Harassment

Any person may make a report of sexual harassment regardless of whether the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of the reported conduct or not. 

  •    Reports may be made in person, by mail, telephone,  or email using the contact information provided for the Title IX Coordinator.

  •     Reports can be made at any time, including non-business hours, by using the telephone number or email.

  •     The district will respond promptly to when any school employee has been given notice of sexual harassment.

  •     Upon receipt of a report of sexual harassment, the Title IX Coordinator will contact alleged victim to inform them of the following:

  •   Their right to file a formal complaint.

  •   How to file a formal complaint.

  •   Free supportive measures available to them with or without filing a formal complaint.

Formal Complaint 

The formal complaint is the official document alleging sexual harassment, which can be filed by the student, employee, parent, or Title IX Coordinator. Once a formal complaint is filed and signed by the Title IX Coordinator, the district’s grievance procedure is followed to provide a prompt and equitable resolution of complaints from students and employees alleging sexual harassment. The grievance procedure requires the following steps be taken:

  •    Both the complainant (alleged victim) and the respondent (alleged abuser) will receive written notice of the complaint with sufficient details to allow respondent to prepare a response. 

  •     Respondent is presumed innocent. 

  • An investigation will be initiated after the written notice has been sent to both the complainant and the respondent. A written investigative report will be prepared and made available for both parties to review. Both parties will have 10 days to respond to the evidence in writing.

  • Evidence from the investigation will be objectively evaluated to reach conclusions about whether or not the respondent is responsible for the alleged sexual harassment. The standard of evidence used is the preponderance of evidence standard.

  • A written determination will be prepared and provided to both parties, along with information on how to appeal.


Neither the district 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. 

Title IX Training for Employees

Public Notice of Non-Discrimination

Ash Fork Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sex, age, or disability in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. The District provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups pursuant to the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act. The lack of English language skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the District’s activities and programs. Ash Fork Public Schools also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.

This notice is provided as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to the designated compliance coordinator(s) at PO Box 247 Ash Fork, Az. 86320, or at the phone number or email listed below.

As to issues regarding disability discrimination: Evelina Acosta, Director of Special Education,
Ash Fork Joint Unified School District #31
PO Box 247 Ash Fork, AZ 86320 (928) 637-2561

As to issues regarding Sexual Harassment: Ashley Sanderson, Title IX Coordinator
Ash Fork Joint Unified School District #31
PO Box 247 Ash Fork, AZ 86320 (928) 637-2561 x109

As to issues regarding any other type of discrimination: Seth Staples, Superintendent & Compliance Officer
Ash Fork Joint Unified School District #31
PO Box 247 Ash Fork, AZ 86320 (928) 637-2561

Aviso Público de No Discriminación 

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Ash Fork no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, religión, origen nacional, etnicidad, orientación sexual, sexo, edad o discapacidad en la admisión a sus programas, servicios o actividades, en el acceso a ellos, en el tratamiento de personas o en cualquier aspecto de sus operaciones. El Distrito brinda igualdad de acceso a los Boy Scouts y otros grupos juveniles designados de conformidad con la Ley de acceso equitativo de Boy Scouts of America. La falta de habilidades en el idioma inglés no será una barrera para la admisión o participación en las actividades y programas del distrito. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Ash Fork tampoco discrimina en sus prácticas de contratación o de empleo.

Este aviso se proporciona como lo requiere el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, el Título IX de las Enmiendas de Educación de 1972, la Ley de Discriminación por Edad de 1975 y la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades de 1990.

Las preguntas, quejas o peticiones de información adicional con respecto a estas leyes, se pueden enviar al coordinador(es) de cumplimiento designado a PO Box 247 Ash Fork AZ 86320, o al número de teléfono o correo electrónico que se anotan a continuación.

Para asuntos relacionados con la discriminación por discapacidad: Especial/Coordinador(a) Evelina Acosta
Ash Fork Joint Unified School District #31
PO Box 247Ash Fork, AZ 86320 (928) 637-2561

Para asuntos relacionados con acoso sexual:  Ashley Sanderson, Title IX Coordinator
Ash Fork Joint Unified School District #31
PO Box 247 Ash Fork, AZ 86320 (928) 637-2561 x109

Para asuntos relacionados a cualquier otro tipo de discriminación: Seth Staples, Superintendent & Compliance Officer Ash Fork Joint Unified School District #31 PO Box 247 Ash Fork, AZ 86320 (928) 637-2561 sstaples@afjusd.org

Website Accessibility  

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Ash Fork Public Schools District is committed to providing accessible web content for all individuals seeking online information about the District’s programs, services, and activities.  

If, because of a disability, you are unable to access the District’s web content, have questions about the accessibility, and/or would like to report barriers to accessing web content regarding the District’s programs, services, and activities, then please contact us by phone at 928-637-2561

When you contact the District, please provide the URL of the material you tried to access, the problem you encountered, and your contact information.

Instructions for filing a complaint against the District under Section 504 and/or Title IX are set forth in District Policy IJNDBA, which is available through ASBA.