Saint Paul Public Schools Title IX Information

  • Welcome Message from the Title IX Coordinator

    Hello and welcome!

    My name is Desiree' Payne, and I have worked for the Saint Paul Public School District for almost 30 years. In addition to this role, I am also happy to serve as the district Ombudsperson.

    Title IX is a federal statute that prohibits recipients of federal financial assistance from engaging in discrimination on the basis of sex. Sexual harassment is also a form of prohibited discrimination. The U.S. Department of Education recently released regulations on the implementation of Title IX pertaining to sexual harassment complaints.  The regulations were released May 6, 2020, and went into effect on August 14, 2020.

    With the release of the regulations, the district has established procedures on how to investigate and respond to sexual harassment complaints. These procedures apply to everyone. As the Title IX Coordinator, I am a primary point of contact for overseeing compliance with the procedures and making sure that sexual harassment complaints are responded to and consistently investigated. 

    I am available any time to answer questions about Title IX, the procedures, how to file a Title IX complaint, or to talk about what it means to file a Title IX complaint. Please contact me using the contact information below.

    Warmest regards,

    Desiree' Payne


    Prohibition on Discrimination

    In addition to Title IX, district maintains policies which prohibit sex-based discrimination, in compliance with other state and local laws and ordinances. The district also prohibits discrimination, harassment, and violence on the basis of other protected classes, such as race, disability, national origin, and status with regard to public assistance and retaliation. The district believes that its community (staff, students, volunteers, parents, etc.) should be able to pursue their education, employment, and interests in a safe and respectful environment that is free from sex-based discrimination and other sexual misconduct. The district strives to be vigilant and attentive to these issues and remains committed to investigating, remedying, and preventing sex discrimination and other forms of prohibited conduct.


    To Make a Complaint

    Any person may make a Title IX complaint.  Complaints to the Title IX Coordinator will be accepted in numerous ways, including the following:


    Title IX Coordinator Contact Information

    Desiree' Payne
    360 Colborne St.
    Saint Paul, MN  55102,
    612-430-2805 (*cell, preferred)
    651-767-8394 (office)

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    The information in the FAQs below is summary information. Please contact the Title IX Coordinator for a full explanation. Additional details are also included in the Title IX Grievance Procedures.

  • What is Title IX?

  • What does the Title IX Coordinator do?

  • Is there sexual misconduct that doesn't fall under Title IX?

  • What is "sexual harassment" under Title IX?

  • Does Title IX apply to students and staff?

  • What are my rights under Title IX?

  • What district policies prohibit sex-based discrimination?

  • What is the difference between a 415 complaint and a Title IX complaint?

  • Who can I speak with to get more information on Title IX?