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Series 0000 - Mission-Goals-Objective

0521 - 5. Equal Opportunity Plan/Nondiscrimination
Posted 04/01/2013 12:00PM


Series 0000 – Mission-Goals-Objectives

5. Equal Opportunity Plan/Nondiscrimination

The Suffield Board of Education is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in relation to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, age or marital status. Respect for the dignity and worth of each individual shall be paramount in the establishment of all policies by the Board and in the administration of those policies by the administration.

In keeping with this philosophy, the following shall be objectives of this school district:

To promote the rights and responsibilities of all individuals as set forth in the state and federal constitutions, pertinent legislation and applicable judicial interpretations and to encourage positive experiences in human values for children and adults who have differing personal and family characteristics or who come from various socio-economic, racial and ethnic groups.

In keeping with requirements of federal and state law, the District demands that there will be no discrimination in employment, assignment and promotion of personnel; in educational opportunities and services offered to students; in student assignment to classes; in student discipline; in location and use of facilities; in educational offerings and materials; and in accommodating the public at public meetings.

The Superintendent shall appoint and make known the individuals to contact on issues concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974, Title VI, Title VII, Title IX and other civil rights or discrimination issues. The Board will adopt and the District will publish grievance procedures providing for prompt and equitable resolution of student and employee complaints.

Federal civil rights laws prohibit discrimination against an individual because he/she has opposed any discrimination act or practice or because that person has filed a charge, testified, assisted or participated in an investigation, proceeding or hearing. ADA further prohibits anyone from coercing, intimidating, threatening or interfering with an individual for exercising the rights guaranteed under the Act.

(cf. 4111 – Recruitment & Selection)
(cf. 4111.1/4211.1 – Affirmative Action)
(cf. 4118.11 – Nondiscrimination)
(cf. 4118.111 – Grievance Procedure – Title IX)
(cf. 4118.113/4218.113 – Harassment)
(cf. 5145.4 – Nondiscrimination)
(cf. 5145.5 – Sexual Harassment)
(cf. 5145.51 – Peer Sexual Harassment)
(cf. 5145.6 – Student Grievance Procedure)
(cf. 6121 – Nondiscrimination)
(cf. 6121.1 – Equal Educational Opportunity)

Legal Reference:

Title VII, Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 2000e, et seq.
29 CFR 1604.11 EEOC Guidelines on Sex Discrimination
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.
34 CFR Section 106.8(b), OCR Guidelines for Title IX.
Definitions, OCR Guidelines on Sexual Harassment, Fed. Reg. Vol. 62, #49, 29 CFR
Sec. 1606.8 (a0 62 Fed. Reg. 12033 (March 13, 1997) and 66 Fed. Reg. 5512 (January 19, 2001)
Meritor Savings Bank, FSB v. Vinson, 477 U.S. 57 (1986)
Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, No. 97-282 (U.S. Supreme Court, June 26, 1998)
Gebbser v. Lago Vista Indiana School District, No. 99-1966, (U.S. Supreme Court, June 26, 1998)
Davis v. Monro County Board of Education, No. 97-843, (U.S. Supreme Court, May 24, 1999)
Connecticut General Statutes
46a-60 Discrimination employment practices prohibited
10-15c Discrimination in public schools prohibited. School attendance by five year olds. (Amended by P.A. 97-247 to include "sexual orientation")
10-153 Discrimination on account of marital status.
17a-101 Protection of children from abuse.
The Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.

Policy adopted: May 5, 1998 SUFFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Policy revised: July 14, 2009, January 3, 2017 Suffield, Connecticut

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