Non-Discrimination Policy

NON- DISCRIMINATION POLICY 
The Delaware Area Career Center (DACC) 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 (covering Title VI, Title IX, Age Discrimination, and Section 504): for students and staff is the Director of Personnel, 4565 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH 43015, telephone 740-201-3204.

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 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 Delaware Area Career Center, 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 or out of a Delaware Area Career Center 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.  The Delaware Area Career Center will take steps to prevent recurrence of any harassment and to remedy the discriminatory effects on the complainant and others, as appropriate.   


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 Delaware Area Career Center School District, any school official, any third party, 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 grievance process. Examples of different types of grievances may include but are not limited to grievances for discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin, disability or age. 

Informal Procedure
It is recommended but not required that the student/staff grievant attempt to solve the alleged discrimination complaint informally at the Building Principal/designee, Director of Adult Education/designee or immediate supervisor level, respectively, within five (5) calendar days of the date the incident occurred. However, if the alleged discrimination complaint cannot be solved informally, if the grievant wants to proceed directly to file a formal complaint, of if the administrator determines it may be in the best interest of any party to proceed directly to a formal process, the following formal procedure shall be followed. In accordance with the aforementioned statutes, the Delaware Area Career Center prohibits any form of retaliation toward any individual who files a complaint or who participates in a complaint filed under these statutes as listed above.

Formal Procedure
STEP 1 
Any high school student-alleged formal discrimination grievance complaint should first be made to the Building Principal. The Building Principal/designee will conduct a prompt and thorough investigation.

Any adult education student-alleged formal discrimination grievance complaint should first be made to the Director of Adult Education. The Director of Adult Education/designee will conduct a prompt and thorough investigation.

Any staff-alleged formal discrimination grievance complaint should first be made to his/her immediate supervisor. The immediate supervisor/designee will conduct a prompt and thorough investigation.

All complaints will be submitted in writing within 30 calendar days of the date the incident occurred. This complaint is to state the date, time, place and people involved. Any verbal complaint must be submitted in writing within the initial 10-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 to whom the complaint was reported. Contact information is listed below.

If the administrator, to whom you should make the report, is the person to have allegedly been the one to discriminate or harass, the complainant shall make the report to the Superintendent. An alternate person will be assigned by the Superintendent to investigate. See below for contact information.

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 30 calendar days.

Contact information for the Superintendent and district administrators:

Delaware Area Career Center
4565 Columbus Pike
Delaware, OH  43015
740-201-3204


STEP 2 
The decision reached as a result of the investigation conducted pursuant to Step 1 above may be appealed, in writing, to the Delaware Area Career Center's Title VI/Title IX/Age Discrimination/Section 504 Coordinator within ten (10) calendar days of the decision. The coordinator/designee will conduct a prompt and thorough review. Notification of the outcome of Step 2 will be sent in writing, to the parties involved, within 21 calendar day  

TITLE VI/TITLE IX/AGE DISCRIMINATION/Section 504 Coordinator
 

Director of Personnel                      
4565 Columbus Pike
Delaware, OH  43015
740-201-3204

STEP 3 

If not resolved at Step 2, the decision may be appealed, in writing, within ten (10) calendar days of the decision to the Delaware Area Career Center Superintendent who functions as the final mediator at the local level. The Superintendent/designee will conduct a prompt and thorough review.  Notification of the outcome of Step 3 will be sent in writing, to the parties involved, within twenty-one (21) calendar days. 

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, reliable 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. 
 

Note:  At any time, a complaint can be made directly to the Delaware Area Career Center Superintendent. At any time, an individual 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 website is http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html

 

(Approval date: August 17, 2000)
(Re-approval date: May 27, 2010)

(Re-approval date: August 15, 2013)
(Re-approval date: February 19, 2015)
(Re-approval date: August 27, 2015)
(Re-approval date: August 18, 2016)
(Re-approval date: January 19, 2017)
(Re-approval date: January 18, 2018)
(Re-approval date: June 24, 2019)
(Re-approval date: November 21, 2019)