Contact Information

Title IX Coordinator:

Courtney Blackburn
(910)893-8151 ext. 300279
1008 S. 11th Street
Lillington, NC 27546 

OCR Contact Information:

 The contact information for the Office for Civil Rights with jurisdiction over North Carolina is as follows.

4000 Maryland Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1475

Telephone: 202-453-6020 TDD: 800-877-8339

FAX: 202-453-6021           Email:

Title IX

Anti-Harassment Statement

Harnett County Schools acknowledges the dignity and worth of all students and employees. We are dedicated to providing a nondiscriminatory, inclusive, inviting, and safe environment for all students and staff. Our dedication to this is outlined in a broad range of Board Policies, including policy 1710 Discrimination and Harassment Prohibited by Federal Law, policy 1720 Title IX Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex, policy 1725 Title IX Sexual Harassment, and policy 1730 Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disabilities Harnett County Schools does not tolerate any form of harassment or discrimination in any of its educational activities, admission or employment. If any student, parent or employee believes he/she has been the victim of or witness to any form of discrimination or harassment, you are encouraged report those acts to Courtney Blackburn, Title IX Coordinator, by email at, or by telephone at 919.893.8151 immediately. 

Policy Code: 1710/4021/7230-Discrimination and Harassment Prohibited by Federal Law

Statement: The school system does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner.  This requirement extends to admission and employment.  The board will not tolerate discrimination on the basis of sex, including any form of sexual harassment, as that term is defined under Title IX, in any program or activity of the school system.

The board has designated a Title IX coordinator to coordinate its efforts to comply with its responsibilities under Title IX and its implementing regulations.  Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. 

Policy Code: 1720/4030/7235 Title IX Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex

HCS Policies

Filing a Complaint

To make a report of sexual harassment contact the Title IX Coordinator:
Courtney Blackburn
(910) 893-8151 ext. 300279

Training Requirements


  • USDE Resources for LGBTQI+ Students

  • OCR Confronting Anti-LGBTQI+ Harassment in Schools: A Resource for Students and Families

  • USDE FAQs Sex Discrimination

  • HCS Mental Health Support Resources

    Resources from our Mental Health Support Team Clinicians. 

  • Therapeutic Alternatives - Mobile Crisis Response


     Therapeutic Alternatives, Inc. is a health care agency that provides services for people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and/or substance abuse problems.

  • SAFE of Harnett County

    SAFE of Harnett County, Inc., (SAFE) is a private, non-profit organization that provides safety and advocacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  SAFE fulfills this mission through the support of our community and volunteers.

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline

    24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse.

    Contacts to The Hotline can expect highly-trained, expert advocates to offer free, confidential, and compassionate support, crisis intervention information, education, and referral services in over 200 languages.

  • Love is Respect

    Love is Respect is the national resource to disrupt and prevent unhealthy relationships and intimate partner violence by empowering young people through inclusive and equitable education, support, and resources.

  • NC Victim Assistance Network

    In everything we do for those we serve, we will conduct ourselves with fairness, dignity, and compassion.


    The NC Victim Assistance Network (NCVAN) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit that advocates for victims of violent crime, especially surviving family members of homicide victims. This means that we:

    • Help victims understand the investigative/criminal process.

    • Refer victims to specialized trauma-informed counseling services.

    • Provide peer support though our Homicide Support Group.

    • Help victims navigate other systems/processes such as victim’s compensation, estate probate, funeral service, and insurance, to name a few.

    • Provide post-trial advocacy especially if/when an incarcerated offender is considered for release/parole.


    As a non-profit, NCVAN provides these unique services to ease the burden that results when someone becomes a victim of violent crime and we support our services through grant funding from the Governor’s Crime Commission and community funding.

  • Know Your IX

    Founded in 2013, Know Your IX is a survivor- and youth-led project of Advocates for Youth that aims to empower students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools.