0100 - Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity

Adoption Date: 10/9/2003, Revised: 6/10/2010; 05/10/2012, 05/08/2014, 03/09/2017 
0000 - Goals and Objectives

0100 Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity

The Board of Education, its officers and employees, shall not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of legally protected classes, such as, but not limited to: race, color, national origin, creed, religion, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition), age, sexual orientation, disability (physical or mental), predisposing genetic characteristic, military work or status, domestic violence victim status, or use of a guide dog, hearing dog, or service dog, as applicable. The District will provide notice of this policy in accordance with federal and state law and regulation.

This policy of nondiscrimination includes access by students to educational programs, counseling services for students, course offerings, and student activities, as well as recruitment and appointment of employees and employment pay, benefits, advancement and/or terminations.

Additionally, to promote the District Website’s accessibility to staff, students, and members of the community with disabilities, the District will maintain a website that is accessible (or contains accessible alternatives) on perceivability, operability and understandability principles. The District’s Director of Computer Services is responsible for considering the following when developing or updating the District website:

  • Adding the text equivalent to every image;
  • Posting documents in text-based format such as HTML or RTF in addition to PDFs;
  • Avoiding dictating colors and font settings;
  • Including audio descriptions and captions to videos;
  • Identifying other barriers to access; and
  • Making other considerations when developing the District’s website.

The Board of Education, its officers and employees shall not discriminate against students on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or gender (including gender identity and expression).

A finding that an individual has engaged in conduct in violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action and/or filing of a report with third parties in the manner prescribed by the District code of conduct, the law or applicable contract.

Nothing in this policy shall be construed to prohibit a denial of admission into, or exclusion from, a course of instruction or activity based on a person’s gender that would be permissible under the law, or to prohibit, as discrimination based on disability, actions that would be permissible under the law.

Annual Notification

At the beginning of each school year, the District shall publish a notice of established grievance procedures for resolving complaints of discrimination to parents/guardians, employees, students and the community. The public notice shall:

  1. inform parents, employees, students and the community that education programs, including but not limited to vocational programs, are offered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or gender (including gender identity and expression);
  2. provide the name, address and telephone number of the person designated to coordinate activities concerning discrimination; and
  3. be included in announcements, bulletins, catalogues, and applications made available by the District.

The Associate Superintendent has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the District’s nondiscrimination policies. Contact information for the Associate Superintendent is available on the District’s website. Complaints of sexual harassment or discrimination are covered in policy 0110.

All complainants and those who participate in the investigation of a complaint in conformity with state law and District policies, who have acted reasonably and in good faith, have the right to be free from retaliation of any kind.

The Board authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to establish such rules, regulations and procedures necessary to implement and maintain this policy.

Policy References:
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 29 U.S.C. §621 et seq.
Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §12101 et seq.
Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §2000d et seq. 
Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §2000e et seq. 
Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq. 
§504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. §794
Individuals with Disabilities Education Law, 20 U.S.C §§1400 et seq.
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 P.L. 110-233
34 C.F.R. §§ 100.6, 104.8, 106.9, 110.25
Executive Law §290 et seq. 
Education Law §§10-18 
Education Law §§313(3), 3201, 3201-a
ADA Best Practices Took Lit for State and Local Governments, Website Accessibility Under Title II of the ADA

Policy Cross References:
 » 0110 - Sexual Harassment
 » 5030 - Student Complaints
 » 5300 - Code of Conduct
 » 9140.1 - Staff Complaints and Grievances