Information Regarding Non-Discrimination

  • The Bolivar-Richburg Central School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, military status, political affiliation, race, creed or religion, color, national origin, or disability in the employment and educational opportunities it offers, including career and technical educational opportunities as required by Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

    The Board of Education affirms its compliance with those sections of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 dealing with program accessibility.

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in federally assisted programs or activities solely on the basis of disability.  The District shall make its program and facilities accessible to all its students with disabilities.

    The District shall also identify, evaluate and extend to every qualified student with a disability under Section 504 a free, appropriate public education, including modifications, accommodations, specialized instruction or related aids and services, as deemed necessary to meet their educational needs as adequately as the needs of non-disabled students are met.

    Sexual Harassment of Students

    The Board of Education affirms its commitment to non-discrimination and recognizes its responsibility to provide for all District students an environment that is free of sexual harassment and intimidation.  Sexual harassment is a violation of law and stands in direct opposition to District policy.  Therefore, the Board prohibits and condemns all forms of sexual harassment by employees, school volunteers, students, and non-employees such as contractors and vendors which occur on school grounds and at all school sponsored events, programs and activities including those that take place at locations off school premises or those that take place in another state.  Generally, sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when:

    1. Submission to or rejection of such sexually harassing conduct and/or communication by a student affects decisions regarding any aspect of the student’s education, including participation in school-sponsored activities;

    2. Conditions exist within the school environment that allow or foster obscene pictures, lewd jokes, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other harassing activities of a sexual nature; and

    3. Such conduct and/or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with a student’s academic performance or participation in an educational or extracurricular activity, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive learning environment; and/or effectively bars the student’s access to an educational opportunity or benefit.

    Complaint Process

    Any student suspecting discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, military status, political affiliation, race, creed or religion, color, national origin, or disability may make a claim of discrimination using the procedure outlined below.  Anyone who is aware of or has a complaint about sexual harassment should also follow this procedure.  This claim or complaint is filed with the Superintendent/designee, who will assist with the complaint process if necessary.  The following information should be included on the complaint. 

    1. The exact nature of the complaint – actions, policies, or practices believed to be discriminatory and any person believed to be responsible.

    2. The date, time and place of the alleged discriminatory action(s).

    3. The names of witnesses or persons who have knowledge about the complaint.

    4. Any available written documentation or evidence that is relevant to the complaint.

    5. The actions that could be taken to correct the complaint

    The Superintendent/designee shall cause a review of the complaint to be conducted (including necessary meetings and interviews) and a written response mailed to the complainant within ten school days after receipt of the complaint.

    If it is agreed that discrimination occurred, corrective action will be taken to restore denied rights.

    If there is not agreement, a written appeal may be submitted to the Board of Education indicating the reasons for disagreement.  The Board of Education shall consider the appeal at its next regularly scheduled meeting following receipt of the appeal.

    A complaint of illegal discrimination may also be filed with the Federal Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education.