The Sun Prairie Area School District is committed and dedicated to providing equal access to educational services for every student in the district and to providing a learning environment free of any form of harassment against or between students.
No student may be discriminated against in any school programs, activities or in facilities usage because of the student's sex, (gender identity, gender expression and non-conformity to gender role stereotypes), color, religion, profession or demonstration of belief or nonbelief, race, national origin (including limited English proficiency), ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, homelessness status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability. Harassment is a form of discrimination and shall not be tolerated in the district. It is the responsibility of administrators, staff members and all students to ensure that student discrimination or harassment does not occur.
This policy does not prohibit the provision of special programs or services to students based on objective standards of individual need or performance.
Homeless children, unaccompanied homeless youth (youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian) and youth residing in the District shall be provided with equal access to the District’s educational programs, have an opportunity to meet the same challenging State of Wisconsin and Sun Prairie Area School District Academic standards and shall not be segregated on the basis of their status as homeless. The District shall establish safeguards that protect homeless students from discrimination based on their homelessness.
Students who have been identified or regarded as having a disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), shall be provided reasonable accommodations in educational services or programs and facilities. When program or classroom modifications are necessary in order to provide a disabled student with equal opportunity, they will be made as required by law. Facilities modifications necessary to provide for appropriate access and participation for persons with disabilities shall be made to the extent required by law.
The district shall also provide for reasonable accommodation of a student’s sincerely held religious beliefs in accordance with established Board policies. Any modifications or accommodations granted under this policy shall be provided to students without prejudicial effect. See School Board Policy IND, Accommodating a Student’s Beliefs.
Any person who believes that a student has been the subject of prohibited discrimination or harassment shall report the matter in accordance with established complaint procedures. Complaints or questions regarding this policy shall be referred to:
Sun Prairie Area School District Office
Attention: Assistant Superintendent of Operations (Title IX Coordinator)
501 South Bird Street
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin 53590
All reports regarding student discrimination or harassment shall be taken seriously, treated fairly and promptly and thoroughly investigated. The district shall take all appropriate and necessary action to eliminate student discrimination and harassment, up to and including discipline of the offenders. There shall be no retaliation against any person who files in good faith (or who is believed to have filed a complaint) under this policy. It is also against this policy to retaliate against any person who otherwise participates in any investigation, inquiry, or other proceeding related to an incident, report, or complaint underneath this policy. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, harassment, or inappropriate disparate treatment. Such retaliation shall be considered a serious violation of Board policy independent of whether the report, complaint, or allegation in question is substantiated. Allegations or concerns regarding retaliation may be reported to the District using the procedures that are established for reporting harassment and discrimination.
(PI 9.05 Wisconsin Admin Code and District Policy JB, Student Discrimination and Harassment and Procedure JB-R, Student Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedures.
The Sun Prairie Area School District is committed to providing fair and equal employment opportunities and to providing a professional work environment free of all forms of discrimination, including harassment.
The District shall not unlawfully discriminate against properly qualified and eligible employment candidates or employees on the basis of age, race, religion, profession or demonstration of belief or non-belief, color, disability, citizenship, marital status, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, political affiliation, membership in the National Guard, state defense force or any other reserve component of the military forces of Wisconsin or the United States, arrest or conviction record not substantially related to a person's job duties, the use or nonuse of lawful products off school premises during nonworking hours, the use of family or medical leave or worker's compensation benefits, genetic information, or any other factor prohibited by state or federal law.
Reasonable accommodations shall be made for qualified individuals with a disability or handicap and to employees with sincerely held religious beliefs to the extent required by law, unless such accommodations would impose an undue hardship on the District. A reasonable accommodation is a change or adjustment to job duties or work environment that permits a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to perform the essential functions of a position or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment equal to those enjoyed by employees without disabilities.
The District shall not tolerate harassment based on any personal characteristic described above. Harassment and other unacceptable activities that could become a condition of employment or a basis for personnel decisions, or interfere with an employee's work performance are specifically prohibited.
Sexual harassment, whether committed by supervisory or nonsupervisory personnel, is unlawful and also specifically prohibited. In addition, the District shall not tolerate acts of non-employees (volunteers, vendors, visitors, etc.) that have the effect of harassing District employees in the workplace.
Harassment can occur as a result of a single incident or a pattern of behavior where the purpose or effect of such behavior is to create an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment. Harassment encompasses a broad range of physical and verbal behavior that can include, but is not limited to, the following:
(1) Unwelcome sexual advances, comments or innuendo;
(2) Physical or verbal abuse;
(3) Jokes, insults or slurs directed toward the protected groups set forth above (Such comments are unacceptable whether or not the individual within the protected group is present in the workplace to overhear them and whether or not a member of a group professes to tolerate such remarks);
(4) Taunting based on personal characteristics described above intended to provoke an employee; and/or
(5) Requests for sexual favors used as a condition of employment or affecting any personnel decisions such as hiring, promotion, compensation, etc.
It is the responsibility of all employees to ensure that discrimination and harassment do not occur. It is the intent of the Sun Prairie Area School District to comply with both the letter and spirit of the law in making certain discrimination does not exist in its policies, regulations and operations.
Anyone who believes that he or she has been the subject of discrimination or harassment or has knowledge of violations of this policy shall report the matter in accordance with established complaint procedures. All reports regarding employee discrimination or harassment shall be taken seriously, treated fairly and promptly and thoroughly investigated. Individual privacy shall be protected to the extent possible. There shall be no retaliation against any person who files a complaint under this policy.
The District shall take appropriate and necessary action to eliminate employee discrimination or harassment. Actions that result in discrimination on a basis not related to an employee’s job performance or that are determined to be harassment, shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. In addition, employees who fail to respond to discrimination or harassment complaints or to act on their knowledge of violation of this policy will likewise be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.
This policy and its accompanying procedures shall be published annually and distributed to all staff. District staff will be required to sign an acknowledgement of receipt of the policy and procedure on an annual basis. Training shall be conducted annually on this policy for all staff in the District. (See District Policy GBA and Procedure GBA-R).