No district employee or student shall be subjected to discrimination in employment or any district program or activity on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The district is committed to providing equal access and equal opportunity in its programs, services and employment including its policies, complaint processes, program accessibility, district facility use, accommodations and other Equal Employment Opportunity matters. The district also provides equal access to district facilities for all youth groups listed in Title 36 of the United States Code, including scouting groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries and complaints regarding unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation: Whitney Banks, Compliance and Investigations, 440 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111, (801) 578-8388. You may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, Denver, CO, (303) 844-5695.
The Educational Equity Department is responsible for monitoring civil rights compliance in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education, (OCR) Office for Civil Rights regulations which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, age or religion (Title VI); on the specific basis of sex (Title IX); and (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) which is designed to eliminate discrimination on the basis of handicap [disability] in any program or activity receiving Federal Financial Assistance; and (Title VII) equal employment opportunity (EEO) and fair employment practices.
- OCR Compliance Monitoring for Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, and Title VII
- Respond to civil rights related inquiries and alleged discrimination complaints.
- Use following steps to process civil rights related complaints:
- Report such conduct to a counselor, supervisor, administrator or the District Compliance Officer within 10 calendar days of the alleged act of discrimination or harassment.
- An informal review and/or investigation of the complaint will be conducted at the site of the alleged act.
- If the issue is not resolved, a formal complaint should be submitted to the District Compliance Officer within 10 calendar days (refer to Board Policy G-19 (GBCD) Non-Discrimination and Anti Harassment for Students and Employees Complaint Form).
- The District Compliance Officer or designee will initiate an investigation and inform the complainant within 15 working days.
- All investigations will be treated with discretion to protect the privacy of those involved. All efforts will be made to treat the information as confidential; however, absolute confidentiality of all information obtained through an investigation cannot be guaranteed.
- An investigation shall be completed as quickly as possible and within 25 working days of receipt of the complaint, unless extenuating circumstances require longer.
- Within 10 working days of the completion of the investigation, the District Compliance Officer shall notify all parties of the findings of the investigation.
- Nothing in policy or procedure prohibits a person from filing a discrimination or harassment complaint with the Regional Office for Civil Rights: Department of Education, Region VIII, Federal Office Building, 1244 Speer Blvd., Suite 300, Denver, CO 80204.
- Process civil rights Serve as complaint resolution facilitator at the request of complainant and/or LEA.
- If remedies not satisfactory, inform complainant of right to file with Region VIII, OCR