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Title IX in Athletics ARCHIVED 2023-09

Piedmont Unified believes that all young people have the right to learn and grow in a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, including gender discrimination.

Title IX now covers all forms of sex discrimination, including harassment, but it is best known for its impact to gender equity in athletics.  

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 assistanceTitle IX
Civil Rights Act, Amendments from 1972

Athletics Gender Equity Audit

The district began an audit of its high school athletics program beginning in the 2021-22 school year.  The effort was championed by new Title IX Coordinator Stephanie Griffin and new Director of Athletics Bradley Smet.  A task force was assembled to bring in multiple viewpoints, and Donna Lopiano, a national Title IX figure, was brought in to provide guidance and a methodology.

The audit process identified a participation gap of 55 female students and several disparities in benefits.  PHS began addressing the gap and disparities going into the 2022-23 school year and continued the task force to improve the monitoring instrument.


The 2022 audit process identified a participation gap of 55 female athletic opportunities and several disparities in benefits. 

Latest News in Title IX Equity Work

Sex Equity in Education Act

In addition to the federal Title IX regulations, it is the policy of the State of California that all persons, regardless of their gender, should enjoy freedom from discrimination of any kind in the educational institution of the state. The laws found in the CALIFORNIA EDUCATION CODE 221.5-231.5 External link opens in new window or tab. are collectively known as the Sex Equity in Education Act.

Per the California Education Code, the District is required to annually report and post its gender equity reports and maintain data for three school years. 

SENATE BILL NO. 1349 221.9

Commencing with the 2015–16 school year and every year thereafter, each public elementary and secondary school in the state, including each charter school, that offers competitive athletics shall publicly make available at the end of the school year all of the following information:

  1. The total enrollment of the school, classified by gender
  2. The number of pupils enrolled at the school who participate in competitive athletics, classified by gender
  3. The number of boys’ and girls’ teams, classified by sport and by competition level
  4. The data required pursuant to subdivision 
    1. shall reflect the total number of players on a team roster on the official first day of competition
    2. The school shall make the information specified in subdivision publicly available
    3. The materials used by a school to compile the information specified in subdivision shall be retained by the school for at least three years after the information is posted on the Internet