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NHCS Title IX Committee close to finalizing survey, includes question on sexual harassment

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New Hanover County Schools Title IX survey is close to being done. There will be two versions, one for middle school students and one for high school.      

It’s a 20-question survey that will ask students about sexual and gender-based harassment, the school system’s response to student reporting of misconduct, and the extent to which they are bystanders of this behavior. 

The Title IX Committee has been working on this survey for over two years; current plans won’t see it distributed until all classes reopen full time. Committee Member Leslie Cohen says she’s concerned that the public doesn’t understand why it’s taken so long:

“It’s being seen as footdragging, and I think those are good points to wait until kids are back in school.”

 

But she says,

 

“I think that we can maybe do a better job communicating that out to folks and letting them know where we are.”

The Title IX Coordinator says he hopes to have the survey drafts out to the public in the next month or so. And the Board of Education has the final say on what’s given to students. 

The committee also discussed following the North Carolina High School Athletic Association guidelines on transgender athletes, which allows for participation with documentation, and that the school district will also comply with the Department of Public Instruction’s new rule that a student’s preferred name will be listed on their records.

 

Click here to watch the meeting.