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Equal Opportunity

Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity

The Board is committed to providing a safe learning and work environment where all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. The schools in the district are subject to all federal and state laws and constitutional provisions prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability,  race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, immigration status, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services.

Accordingly, no otherwise qualified student, employee, applicant for employment, or member of the public may be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to unlawful discrimination under any district program or activity on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services.  Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law.

For purposes of this policy, these terms have the following meanings:

  • “Race” includes hair texture, hair type, or a protective hairstyle that is commonly or historically associated with race. 

  • “Protective Hairstyle” includes such hairstyles as braids, locs, twists, tight coils or curls, cornrows, bantu knots, afros, and head wraps. 

  • “Sexual Orientation” means a person’s orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, or transgender status or another person’s perception thereof. 

This policy and supporting regulation will be used to address all concerns regarding unlawful discrimination and harassment.  Alleged conduct regarding sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment will follow the complaint and investigation procedures specific to this conduct.

In keeping with these statements, the following are objectives of this school district: 

1. To promote the rights and responsibilities of all individuals as set forth in the state and federal constitutions, pertinent legislation, and applicable judicial interpretations. 

2. To encourage positive experiences in terms of human values for children and adults who have differing personal and family characteristics or who come from various socio-economic, racial, and ethnic groups. 

3. To consider carefully, in all decisions made which affect the schools, the potential benefits or adverse consequences that those decisions might have on the human relations aspects of all segments of society. 

4. To utilize educational experiences to build each individual's pride in the community in which they live. 

5. To initiate a process of reviewing all policies and practices of this school district in order to achieve the objectives of this policy to the greatest extent possible. 

6. To investigate and resolve promptly any complaints of unlawful discrimination and harassment. 

7. To investigate and appropriately discipline staff and students found to be responsible for incidents of harassment or unlawful discrimination in violation of Board policy.

Annual notice

The district will issue a written notice prior to the beginning of each school year that advises students, parents, employees and the general public that the educational programs, activities and employment opportunities offered by the district are offered without regard to disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. With respect to employment practices, the district will also issue written notice that it does not discriminate on the basis of age, genetic information, or conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth. The announcement will include the name/title, address, email address and telephone number of the person(s) designated to coordinate Title IX and Section 504 and ADA compliance activities.

The notice will be disseminated to persons with limited English language skills in the person´s own language. It will also be made available to persons who are visually or hearing impaired.

The notice will appear on a continuing basis in district media containing general information, including: teachers' guides, school publications, the district's website, recruitment materials, application forms, vacancy announcements, student handbooks, summer program newsletters, and annual letters to parents. 

Harassment is prohibited

Harassment based on a person's disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientiation, marital status, national origin, religion, gender identity/expression, ancestry or need for special education services is a form of discrimination prohibited by state and federal law. Preventing and remedying such harassment in schools is essential to ensure a nondiscriminatory, safe environment in which students can learn, employees can work and members of the public can access and receive the benefit of district facilities and programs. All such harassment, by district employees, students and third parties, is strictly prohibited.

All district employees and students share the responsibility to ensure that harassment does not occur at any district school, on any district property, at any district or school-sanctioned activity or event, or off school property when such conduct has a nexus to the school, or any district curricular or non-curricular activity or event.

Reporting unlawful discrimination and harassment

Any student who believes they have been a target of unlawful discrimination or harassment as defined in Board policy, and supporting regulations, or who has witnessed such unlawful discrimination or harassment, must immediately report it to an administrator, counselor, teacher or the district's compliance officer and file a complaint as set forth in the regulation which accompanies this policy.

Any employee, applicant for employment or member of the public who believes they have been a target of unlawful discrimination or harassment, or who has witnessed such unlawful discrimination or harassment, shall must file a complaint with either an immediate supervisor or the district's compliance officer.

If the individual alleged to have engaged in prohibited conduct is the person designated as the compliance officer, an alternative compliance officer will be designated to investigate the matter in accordance with this policy’s accompanying regulation.  

District action

All district employees who witness unlawful discrimination or harassment must take prompt and effective action to stop it, as prescribed by the district.

The district will take appropriate action to promptly and impartially investigate allegations of unlawful discrimination and harassment, to end identified unlawful behavior, to prevent the recurrence of such identified behavior and to prevent retaliation against the individual(s) who files the complaint and/or any person who participates in the investigation. When appropriate, the district will take interim measures during the investigation to protect against further unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.

To the extent possible, all reports of unlawful discrimination or harassment will be kept confidential. Students or employees who knowingly file false complaints or give false statements in an investigation will be subject to discipline, up to and including suspension/expulsion for students and termination of employment. No student, employee or member of the public will be subject to adverse treatment in retaliation for any good faith report of harassment under this policy.

Upon determining that incidents of unlawful discrimination or harassment are occurring in particular district settings or activities, the district will implement measures designed to remedy the problem in those areas or activities.

Any student or employee who engages in unlawful discrimination or harassment will be disciplined according to applicable Board policies and the district will take reasonable action to restore lost educational or employment opportunities to the target(s).

In cases involving potential criminal conduct, the district will determine whether appropriate law enforcement officials should be notified.

Notice and training

To reduce unlawful discrimination and harassment and ensure a respectful school environment, the administration is responsible for providing notice of this policy to all district schools and departments. The policy and complaint process must be prominently posted on the district’s website, referenced in student and employee handbooks and made otherwise available to all students, staff and members of the public through electronic or hard-copy distribution.   Training materials regarding sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment are available to the public on the district´s website.

Students and district employees will receive periodic training related to recognizing and preventing unlawful discrimination and harassment. District employees must receive additional training related to handling reports of unlawful discrimination and harassment. The training will include, but not be limited to:

•  awareness of groups protected under state and federal law and/or targeted groups;

•  how to recognize and react to unlawful discrimination and harassment; and

•  proven harassment prevention strategies.

 

Adopted April 10, 1990

Revised August 22, 1995

Revised June 14, 2011

Revised August 14, 2012

Revised October 6, 2016

Revised: September 17, 2020

LEGAL REFS.:    20 U.S.C.1681 (Title VII of the Education Amendments of 1972)

      20 U.S.C.1701-1758 (Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972)

29 U.S.C. 621 et seq. (Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967)

29 U.S.C. 701 et seq. (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973)

42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq. (Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act)

42 U.S.C. 2000d, (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended in 1972)

42 U.S.C. 2000e, (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) 

42 U.S.C. 2000ff et seq. (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008)

34 C.F.R. Part 100 through Part 110 (civil rights regulations)

C.R.S. 2-4-401 (13.5) (definition of sexual orientation, which includes transgender)

C.R.S. 18-9-121 (bias-motivated crimes)

C.R.S. 22-32-109 (1)(ll) (Board duty to adopt written policies prohibiting discrimination)

C.R.S. 22-32-110 (1)(k) (definition of racial or ethinic background includes hair texture, definition of protective hairstyle)

C.R.S. 24-34-301 et seq. (Colorado Civil Rights Division)

C.R.S. 34-301 (7) (definition of sexual orientation which includes transgender)

C.R.S. 24-34-402 et seq. (discriminatory or unfair employment practices)

C.R.S. 24-34-402.3 (discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related conditions; notice of right to be free from such discrimination must be posted "in a conspicuous place" accessible to employees)

C.R.S. 24-34-601 (unlawful discrimination in places of public accommodation)

C.R.S. 24-34-602 (penalty and civil liability for unlawful discrimination)

CROSS REFS.:  GBA, Open Hiring/Equal Employment Opportunity

GBAA, Sexual Harassment

JB, Equal Educational Opportunities

JBB, Sexual Harassment