Statement of nondiscrimination

The nondiscrimination statement in its entirety must be placed in all school newsletters twice each school year. It must also be posted in each school, unit and department in the district. Posters are available from the Compliance/EEO Office.

 

Printable versions: ASD Statement of Nondiscrimination | ASD Statement of Nondiscrimination for Publications | Nondiscrimination and Harassment Policies brochure

 


114 Nondiscrimination & Harassment

  1. The Board is committed to an environment of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, economic status, union affiliation, disability, and other human differences. No person shall be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, any academic or extracurricular program or education opportunity or service offered by the District. The District will comply with the applicable statutes, regulations, and executive orders adopted by Federal, State, and Municipal agencies. The District notes the concurrent applicability of the individuals with Disabilities Act, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the relevant disability provisions of Alaska law.
  2. All students and employees of the Anchorage School District have a right to pursue their education or occupation in compliance with applicable law and policy with dignity in a safe environment. Neither discrimination nor harassment of employees, students or volunteers is permitted in the District. This policy applies with regard to District facilities, premises, vehicles, computers, servers, and electronics located both on and off school property; and conduct on non-school property if the student or employee is at any school-sponsored, school-approved, or school-related activity or is otherwise subject to the authority of the District.
  3. It is prohibited to discriminate against or grant a discriminatory advantage based on race; color; gender; national origin; age; marital status; political or religious beliefs; physical or mental disabilities; family, social, or cultural background; or sexual orientation, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification or legitimate academic need.
  4. Violation of this policy by Board members, administrators, employees, parents, volunteers, students, vendors, or others doing business with the District is prohibited. Employees and students whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including discharge, suspension, or other appropriate action. Other individuals whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to appropriate sanctions as determined and imposed by the Superintendent or Board.

 

114.1 Service Animals

  1. The District will comply with all applicable laws concerning the use of service animals on District property and in connection with District services. The Superintendent will develop procedures and guidelines to implement this policy and permit the use of service animals by individuals with disabilities, taking into consideration the individual circumstances of the request and impact on others and in accordance with existing district policies (114, 480 & 729.3).
  2. The District will comply with all applicable laws concerning the use of service animals on District property and in connection with District services. The Superintendent will develop procedures and guidelines to implement this policy and permit the use of service animals by individuals with disabilities, taking into consideration the individual circumstances of the request and impact on others and in accordance with existing district policies (114, 480 & 729.3).
  3. No individual shall intentionally interfere with the use or assistance of a service animal by harassing or obstructing the service animal or its user.
  4. “Service animal” shall include those animals as identified in applicable state and federal laws and regulations.

 

114.2 Inappropriate Behavior

  1. The Anchorage School District supports respectful learning and working environments and believes strongly this environment must be structured to reflect diverse cultural traditions and contributions. The District values diversity among students and staff and believes that all students and staff have the right to participate in school activities free from harassment. Behavior by board members, administrators, employees, parents, volunteers, students, vendors, or others doing business with the District that ridicules, harasses, intimidates, or threatens students, staff or community members, or otherwise undermines a respectful, safe, and effective school environment, is prohibited. Individuals or groups are in violation of this policy if they engage in any of the above behaviors in a way that is disruptive to the work or educational environment, such as:
    1. Making demeaning remarks directly or indirectly, such as name-calling, racial slurs or "jokes"; or
    2. Physically threatening or harming an individual; or
    3. Displaying demeaning visual or written materials; or
    4. Defacing, damaging, or destroying property or materials; or
    5. Performing any other act that is clearly harassing in nature.
  2. Any student, staff, or community member who believes that he or she has been the subject of harassment and/or discriminatory behavior should report the incident immediately to the principal or department supervisor. Complaints regarding harassment/discriminatory behavior will be investigated immediately.
  3. Any student, staff or community member who violates this policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

 

114.3 Sexual Harassment

  1. The Anchorage School District supports respectful learning and working environments and believes strongly this environment must be structured to reflect diverse cultural traditions and contributions. The District values diversity among students and staff and believes that all students and staff have the right to participate in school activities free from harassment. Behavior by Board members, administrators, employees, parents, volunteers, students, vendors, or others doing business with the District that ridicules, harasses, intimidates, or threatens students, staff or community members, or otherwise undermines a respectful, safe, and effective school environment, is prohibited. Individuals or groups are in violation of this policy if they engage in any of the above behaviors in a way that is disruptive to the work or educational environment, such as:
    1. Making demeaning remarks directly or indirectly, such as name-calling, racial slurs or "jokes”; or
    2. Physically threatening or harming an individual; or
    3. Displaying demeaning visual or written materials; or
    4. Defacing, damaging, or destroying property or materials; or
    5. Performing any other act that is clearly harassing in nature.
  2. Any student, staff, or community member who believes that he or she has been the subject of harassment and/or discriminatory behavior should report the incident immediately to the principal or department supervisor. Complaints regarding harassment/discriminatory behavior will be investigated immediately.
  3. Any student, staff or community member who violates this policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

 

920 Adult/Student Boundaries

  1. Employees of the Anchorage School District are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and appropriate manner when dealing with students. Appropriate adult/student boundaries are crucial to the success, well being, and safety of students.
  2. All employees are expected to be professional in their attitude and behavior toward students, parents, and fellow workers and to abide by the Code of Ethics of the Education Profession adopted by the Professional Teaching Practices Commission and the Municipality of Anchorage Code of Ethics.
  3. The District will investigate and respond to any act or allegation of inappropriate adult interactions with students. Employees whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including discharge, suspension, or other appropriate action. Other individuals whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to appropriate sanctions as determined, and imposed by the Superintendent or Board.

 

Reporting

Any student, staff, or community member who believes that he or she has been the subject of harassment and/or discriminatory behavior should report immediately to the principal or department supervisor. Complaints regarding harassment/discriminatory behavior will be investigated immediately.

 

In addition, employees and students may also report to the district's Equal Employment Opportunity Director, who also serves as the Title IX and ADA/ADAAA Coordinator, or to any of the following external agencies:

 

 

Any student, staff or community member who violates these policies can be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

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