HCPSS MPIA Request #2022-055

Emily Williams
Howard Center for Investigative Journalism
Requested Information
We request the following records from your school district:
Any Title IX complaints related to secondary school sports and sex discrimination in your district from 2016-17 to present, which were handled or resolved at the county level.
Evaluations, reports, lists and/or spreadsheets produced in relation to the complaint(s) in item #1.
Date Received
Response Notes

Responsive to this request, staff located one complaint during the timeframe requested handled by the HCPSS Title IX Coordinator. Under both the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), which restricts access to student records, and MPIA GP § 4-313, which prevents disclosure of school district records pertaining to individual students, we are unable to release the responsive records related to this complaint. MPIA GP § 4-329 (b) also prevents disclosure of medical or psychological information about an individual person and MPIA GP § 4-311 prevents disclosure of personnel records of an individual. Even with redaction of identifiers, information contained could reasonably identify individual students or staff, reveal information from an individual student or personnel record, or could do so when combined with other publicly accessible information.

*Some request language is summarized to include the requester's specific document requests and legally protected information (such as personally identifiable information of a student) or personal, defamatory and malicious content removed at the discretion of the school system.

**Responses containing legally protected information available only to the person of interest are omitted from the above report.

***Howard County Public Schools reserves the right to remove erroneous or outdated documents from this site.