Anti-Discrimination Policy from Guilford County [NC] Schools
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The Board of Education for Guilford County Schools, North Carolina's third largest school district with an enrollment of more than 65,800 students and nearly 8,000 employees passed Policy AC, Discrimination-Free Environment at the January 13th, 2004 Board of Education meeting. http://www.guilford.k12.nc.us/boe/2004/1_13/policy_ac.pdf (pdf file)
It is the policy of the Guilford County Board of Education to maintain a learning environment that is free from harassment, bullying, and discrimination. This includes, but is not limited to, harassment, bullying, and discrimination based on an individual's real or perceived race, color, sex, religion, creed, political belief, age, national origin, linguistic and language differences, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, socioeconomic status, height, weight, physical characteristics, marital status, parental status, or disability. The Board prohibits any and all forms of harassment because of those differences.
It shall be a violation of this policy for any student, teacher, administrator, or other school personnel to harass, bully, or discriminate against any person based upon any of the differences listed above. It shall also be a violation of this policy for any teacher, administrator or other school personnel to tolerate such harassment, bullying or discrimination of any person by a student, teacher, administrator, other school personnel, or by any third parties subject to supervision and control of the Guilford county Schools.
The policy proposal came from a committee designed to work on LGBT issues in the Guilford County Schools. The committee was composed of individuals representing GLSEN Greensboro, PFLAG, NEA and various departments within the Guilford County Schools.
The first reading of the Discrimination-Free Environment was presented to the school board on December 9, 2003. The second reading and adoption was at the school board meeting of January 13, 2004. There was no opposition.
Equal Opportunity Employment policy
Adopted Feb 1, 1993; Revised May 11, 2004
The Guilford County Board of Education believes in the dignity of all individuals and in the worth of their labors. To this end, the Board will ensure that all applicants for employment and all employees are employed, assigned, supervised, promoted, compensated, and terminated in full compliance with state and federal equal opportunity statutes. No applicant for employment or current employee will experience discrimination based on race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, physical handicap, sexual orientation or disability.The policy does not extend any rights beyond those granted by state and federal law.
Legal Reference: Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; American Disabilities Act, 1991
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