(Covering Title VI, Title IX, Age Discrimination, and Section 504, revised 1/20/16)
NON- DISCRIMINATION POLICY
The Ripley-Union-Lewis Huntington Local Schools (RULH) affirms that equal opportunities are offered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, military status, national origin, disability, age, and ancestry of person. No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity conducted under its auspices. This shall extend to employees therein and to admission thereto. Inquiries concerning the application of this policy may be referred to the superintendent or designated coordinators. This policy shall prevail in all Board policies concerning school employees and students. The designated coordinator is (covering Title VI, Title IX, Age Discrimination, and Section 504): for students Title XI Compliance Officer – Mr. Don Rabold, c
/o Brown County Educational Service Center, 9231 Hamer Road,
Georgetown, OH 45121, Phone -
(937) 378-6118 Extension 514
Non-discrimination extends to students, staff, job applicants, the general public, and individuals with whom it does business. The Board does not permit discriminatory practices and views harassment as a form of discrimination. Harassment is defined as intimidation by threats of or actual physical violence; the creation, by whatever means including the use of electronic communications devices, of a climate of hostility or intimidation; or the use of language, conduct or symbols in such a a manner as to be commonly understood to convey hatred, contempt or prejudice or to have the effect of insulting or stigmatizing an individual. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. It is any unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is severe or pervasive and affects working and/or learning conditions or creates a hostile work and/or learning environment.
All persons associated with the District, including but not limited to, the Board, the administration, the staff and the students, are expected to conduct themselves at all times so as to provide an atmosphere free from discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment. Harassment, whether verbal or physical or occurring in our out of a District building, or at a school-sponsored social functions or activities, is illegal and unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Any person who engages in sexual harassment while acting as a member of the school community is in violation of this policy and will. Individuals may be disciplined for engaging in sexual harassment but there will be no retaliation against anyone involved in a sexual harassment matter.
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES PREAMBLE
Alleged Discrimination Grievance Procedure
In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Civil Right (OCR) Guidelines, any student/professional staff, (e.g., teachers, counselors, or supervisors), parents, guardians, or third party who believe that the Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington Local School District, any school official, or any student has inadequately applied the principles and/or regulations of the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (race, color, national origin), Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972 (sex/gender), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (disability), or the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, 20, U.S.C. Et. seq., which prohibits discrimination on the basis of age in educational programs receiving financial assistance, she/he may file a complaint which shall be referred to as a formal grievance process. Examples of different types of grievances may include: racial/ sexual/disability based harassment; different treatment; failure to implement the Section 504 plan or the Individualized Education Program; etc…
It is recommended but not required that the grievant attempt to solve the alleged discrimination complaint informally at the Building Principal within five (5) calendar days of the date the incident occurred. However, if the alleged discrimination complaint cannot be solved informally, or if the grievant wants to proceed directly to file a formal complaint, the following formal procedure shall be followed. In accordance with the aforementioned statutes, the RULH Board of Education prohibits any form of retaliation toward any individual who files a complaint or who participates in a complaint filed under these statutes.
Any student alleged formal discrimination grievance complaint should first be made to the Building Principal. Staff complaints will first be made to his/her immediate supervisor. All complaints will be made within thirty (30) calendar days of the date the incident occurred. This complaint is to state the date, time, place, and people involved. All complaints are to be submitted in writing. Any verbal complaint must be submitted in writing within the initial ten day reporting period. If you need assistance in putting your complaint in writing due to a disability or for other reasons, please contact the person conducting the investigation.
As part of the investigation, a prompt and thorough investigation will be conducted by the Building Principal or immediate supervisor. If this investigative person is the person to have allegedly been the one to discriminate or harass, the complainant shall make the report to the Superintendent. See below for contact information. An alternate person will be assigned to investigate. Step 1 provides both parties an opportunity to present evidence and to identify witnesses. Notification of the outcome of Step 1 will be sent in writing, to the parties involved, within thirty (30) calendar days.
Any district level complaint can be made directly to Dr. Linda Naylor, RULH Superintendent using the contact information below:
Ripley Union Lewis Huntington Local Schools District Office
502 South Second Street, Ripley, Ohio 45167
The decision reached as a result of the investigation conducted pursuant to Step 1 above may be appealed, in writing, to the district’s Title VI/Title IX/Age Discrimination/Section 504 Coordinator within ten (10) calendar days. The Coordinator will provide written notification of the decision.
TITLE VI/TITLE IX/AGE DISCRIMINATION/Section 504 Coordinator:
Mr. Donald Rabold
c/o Brown County Educational Service Center
9231 Hamer Road
Georgetown, OH 45121
(937) 378-6118 Extension 514
If not resolved at Step 2, the decision may be appealed, in writing, within ten (10) calendar days to the RULH Superintendent who functions as the final mediator at the local level. The Superintendent will provide written notification of the final decision.
At any time during the investigative process, the complainant has the right to contact the Office for Civil Rights, US Dept of Education, 600 Superior Avenue, East, Suite 750, Cleveland, OH 44114-2611.
The Board of Education recognizes that, in the interest of effective compliance, a procedure is necessary whereby all students and employees can be assured of a prompt and impartial hearing on their grievances. No reprisals of any kind shall be taken against any student or employee initiating or participating in the grievance procedure.