Policy 8130


The District provides equal opportunity for students and does not discriminate against any student enrolled in (or any candidate for admission to) its programs and activities on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age. Further, the District does not discriminate on the basis of weight, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, sexual orientation, gender, or any other basis prohibited by state or federal non-discrimination laws, and provides equal access to its facilities to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Educational Services for Married/Pregnant Students

The District will not discriminate against students based on their parental or marital status. The opportunity to participate in all of the services, programs, and activities of the District will not be restricted or denied because of pregnancy, parenthood, or marriage. 

Pregnant students will be encouraged to remain and participate in District programs. The forms of instruction provided to these students may include any or all of the following:

a) Remain in school with provisions for special instruction, scheduling, and counseling as needed;
b) Receive home instruction;
c) Attend BOCES programs.

In this regard, the Superintendent or designee, in consultation with student services staff, the school physician and the student's personal physician, may make program modifications which are feasible and necessary to accommodate the special needs of these students.

Investigation of Complaints and Grievances

The District will act to promptly, thoroughly, and equitably investigate all complaints, whether verbal or written, of discrimination and will promptly take appropriate action to protect individuals from further discrimination. All complaints will be handled in a manner consistent with the District's policies, procedures, and/or regulations regarding the investigation of discrimination and harassment complaints, including Policy 3420 - Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment in the District and Policy 7551 - Sexual Harassment of Students. 

Additional information regarding the District's discrimination and harassment complaint and grievance procedures, including, but not limited to, the designation of the Civil Rights Compliance Officer (CRCO), knowingly making false accusations, and possible corrective actions, can be found in Policy 3420 - Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment in the District. 

Prohibition of Retaliatory Behavior (Commonly Known as "Whistle-Blower" Protection)

The Board prohibits any retaliatory behavior directed against complainants, victims, witnesses, and/or any other individuals who participated in the investigation of a complaint of discrimination. Complaints of retaliation may be directed to the CRCO; however if the CRCO is the alleged offender, the report will be directed to another CRCO, if the District has designated another individual to serve in that capacity, or to the Superintendent.

When appropriate, follow-up inquiries will be made to ensure that discrimination has not resumed and that all those involved in the investigation of the discrimination have not suffered retaliation. 

Policy References:
Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 USC § 12101 et seq.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 USC § 794 et seq.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 USC § 2000d et seq.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 USC § 1681 et seq.
20 USC § 1701, et seq.
45 CFR § 84.40

NOTE:  Refer also to 
Policy 3420 - Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment in the District
District Code of Conduct

Adopted: 6/22/99
Revised: 9/6/22

Policy 8130