Non-discrimination/Title IX & FOIA

The School Board takes seriously its obligations to ensure that no student or employee suffers discrimination on the basis of sex, as defined in Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972.  Title IX is a federal law, enacted in 1972 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.

Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in educational programs or activities that receive financial assistance.  Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment, which is defined as conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:

An employee of the District conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the District on participation in unwelcome conduct;

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

Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking, as defined by applicable law.

Reporting Harassment/Discrimination 
Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. Such a report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number or electronic mail address, or by mail to the office address, listed for the Title IX Coordinator. 

Next Steps
After a report of sexual harassment has been made, the school and/or Title IX Coordinator will reach out to the individual affected by the alleged misconduct, provide supportive measures, discuss the grievance policy, and offer the opportunity for the complainant to file a formal complaint if the behavior meets the Title IX definition of sexual harassment.  If a formal complaint is filed, appropriate steps will be taken to investigate. Upon completing the investigation, the outcome will be shared with all stakeholders.

Appeal Procedures
In the Title IX process, if a person does not like the outcome of the decision maker, they can appeal to the Appellant Decision Maker for a review of the case.

Please refer to Board Policy #2266 for additional information.


Training Materials 2021-2022
Title IX Basics: External Link
Title IX Investigator / Decision-Maker Level 1: External Link
Title IX Coordinator: External Link
Title IX Decision-Maker Appeals: External Link

Title IX Coordinator Refresher: External Link
2021 Investigator Refresher and Update Course: External Link
2021 Decision-Maker Refresher and Update Course: External Link


Contact Information

Mr. Troy VanderLaan

High School Principal

Civil Rights Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator

10760 68th Avenue

Allendale, MI 49401



Civil Rights and Title IX Coordinator

Mr. Troy VanderLaan, High School Principal
10760 68th Avenue
Allendale, MI 49401 

Mrs. Jennifer Kraai, HR Coordinator
10505 Learning Lane
Allendale, MI 49401 


Website ADA Compliance Officer


Amy Vissers
10505 Learning Lane
Allendale, MI 49401