7:010 Equal Educational Opportunities

Equal educational and extracurricular opportunities shall be available for all students without regard to color, race, nationality, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, gender identity, status of being homeless, immigration status, order of protection status, actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy.  Further, the District will not knowingly enter into agreements with any entity or any individual that discriminates against students on the basis of sex or any other protected status, except that the District remains viewpoint neutral when granting access to school facilities under Board policy 8:020, Community Use of School Facilities.  Any student may file a discrimination grievance by using the 2:260 Uniform Grievance Procedure.

Sex Equity

No student shall, based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity be denied equal access to programs, activities, services, or benefits or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage, or denied equal access to educational and extracurricular programs and activities.

Any student may file a sex equity complaint by using the Board Policy 2:260 Uniform Grievance Procedure.  A student may appeal the Board of Education’s resolution of the complaint to the Regional Superintendent of Schools (pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/3-10 of The School Code) and, thereafter, to the State Superintendent of Education (pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/2-3.8 of The School Code).

Administrative Implementation

The Superintendent shall appoint a Nondiscrimination Coordinator.  The Superintendent and Building Principal shall place this information in staff and student handbooks, and use reasonable measures to inform staff members and students of this policy and grievance procedure.

Cross Reference: 

2:260 Uniform Grievance Procedure

7:020 Harassment of Students Prohibited

7:050 School Admissions and Student Transfers To and From Non-District Schools

7:060 Residence

7:130 Student Rights and Responsibilities

7:180 Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation and Harassment

7:330 Student Use of Buildings – Equal Access

8:020 Community Use of School Facilities

Legal Reference(s): 

42 U.S.C. §11431 et seq., McKinney Homeless Assistance Act.

20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., 34 C.F.R. Part 106; Title IX of the Educational Amendments.

29 U.S.C. §791 et seq., Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

775 ILCS 35/5, Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Ill. Constitution, Art. I, §18.

Good News Club v. Milford Central School, 121 S.Ct. 2093 (2001).

105 ILCS 5/3.25b, 3.25d(b), 10-20.12, 10-22.5, and 27-1.

775 ILCS 5/1-101 et seq., Illinois Human Rights Act.

23 Ill.Admin.Code §1.240 and Part 200.

Date Adopted: 01/26/2010

Date Amended:  10/06/2015