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401.1 Equal Employment Opportunity

The Columbus Community School District shall provide equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment in accordance with applicable equal employment opportunity and affirmative action laws, directives and regulations of federal, state and local governing bodies and agencies. The District shall take affirmative action in recruitment, appointment, assignment and advancement of women, minorities and the disabled.  Employees shall be given notice of this policy annually.
Individuals who file an application with the school district will be given consideration for employment if they meet or exceed the qualifications set by the board, administration, and Iowa Department of Education for the position for which they apply.  In employing school district personnel, the Board shall consider the qualifications, credentials, and records of the applicants without regard to age (except for students), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, socioeconomic status, disability, race, national origin, color, religion, and creed.  In keeping with the law, the Board shall consider the veteran status of applicants.
Prior to a final offer of employment for a position, the District will perform any background checks required by law.  The District may determine on a case-by-case basis that, based on the duties, other positions within the District will also require background checks.  Based upon the results of the background checks, the District will determine whether an offer will be extended.
Advertisements and notices for vacancies within the district will contain the following statement:  "The Columbus Community School District is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer."  The statement will also appear on application forms.
The Board will appoint an affirmative action coordinator. The affirmative action coordinator will have the responsibility of drafting the affirmative action plan. The school board will review the affirmative action plan at least every two (2) years.
Employees or applicants for employment having inquiries regarding compliance with equal employment opportunity and affirmative action are directed to contact:
Name                          _____________________________________
Title                             _____________________________________
Location                       _____________________________________
Telephone Number      ________________________________.
Inquiries may also be directed, in writing, to the Iowa Civil Rights Department or to the Chicago Office, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Chicago, IL.  Such inquiry or complaint to the state or federal office may be done instead of, or in addition to, an inquiry or complaint at the local level.
Further information and copies of the procedures for filing a complaint are available in the District's central administrative office and the administrative office in each District attendance center.
Approved: 1994-1995
Reviewed: 2006-2007; November 21, 2011
Revised: September 17, 2008; November 18, 2013