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103 Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy and Equal Educational Opportunity Policy

The District and the Board will not discriminate in its employment practices or educational programs and/or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, disability, religion, creed, age (except for permitting/prohibiting students to engage in certain activities), political party affiliation, marital status, or genetic information in accordance with all state and federal laws, rules and regulations.  Further, the District and the Board affirm the right of all students and staff to be treated with respect and to be protected from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm and harassment.
This nondiscrimination policy extends to educational programs, student activities and athletics, student behaviors, Columbus staff members, the public, Columbus employment practices, and all aspects under the jurisdiction of the Columbus Community School District.
The District and the Board will require all persons, agencies, vendors, contractors and other persons and organizations doing business with or performing services for the District to subscribe to all applicable federal and state laws, executive orders, rules and regulations pertaining to contract compliance and equal opportunity.
Inquiries or grievances related to this policy may be directed to the the District Curriculum Director at the District Administrative Office, 1208 Colton Street, Columbus Junction, Iowa, 319-728-2911; to the Director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-1004, 1-800-457-4416; to the Office for Civil Rights Chicago Office, United States Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-4544, (312) 730-1560; or to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chicago Office, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60661, 1-800-669-4000.  Inquiries may also be directed to the Director, Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0146.
Approved: 1995-1996
Reviewed: 2001-2002
Revised: April 9, 2012; March 18, 2013