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AC - Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action


The Cape Elizabeth School DepartmentBoard doesis notcommitted discriminateto onmaintaining thea basis of sex or other protected categories in its education programsworkplace and activities,learning asenvironment requiredthat byis federalfree from illegal discrimination and state laws/regulations.harassment.

DiscriminationIn accordance with applicable Federal and/or State laws and regulations, Cape Elizabeth School Department prohibits discrimination against and harassment of employees, candidates for employment, students and others with rights to admission or access to school employeesprograms, becauseactivities or premises on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, disability, or genetic information are prohibited.

Discrimination againstidentity and harassment of students because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,expression, religion, ancestry or national origin, or disabilitydisability. areFor prohibited.the purpose of this policy, “sexual orientation” means a person’s actual or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality, or gender identity or expression, and “gender identity” means gender-related identity, appearance, mannerisms, or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, regardless of the individual’s assigned sex at birth.

Further, in compliance with Federal law, Cape Elizabeth School Department prohibits discrimination against school unit employees and candidates for employment on the basis of age, pregnancy, or genetic information.

The Board directsdelegates to the schoolSuperintendent administrationthe toresponsibility implementfor aimplementing continuingthis programpolicy. designed to prevent discrimination against all applicants, employees, students, and other individuals having access rights to school premises and activities.

The Cape Elizabeth School Department hasAffirmative designatedAction andPlan authorizedwill include designation of an Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX CoordinatorOfficer who iswill be responsible for ensuring compliance with all federalFederal and stateState requirements relatingrelated to nondiscrimination, including sexual harassment.nondiscrimination. The Affirmative Action Officer/TitleOfficer IXwill Coordinatorbe isappointed by the Superintendent and will be a person with direct access to the Superintendent.

The CapeSuperintendent/Affirmative ElizabethAction SchoolOfficer Departmentshall hasbe implemented complaint proceduresresponsible for resolvingensuring complaintsthat notice of discrimination/harassment and sexual harassment under this policy. The Cape Elizabeth School Department provides required notices of these complaint procedures and how they can be accessed, as well as the Cape Elizabeth School Department’s compliance with federalFederal and stateState civil rights laws andis regulationsprovided to all applicants for employment, employees, students, parents,parents and others, as appropriate.

The School Department will require all persons, agencies, vendors, contractors, and other interestedpersons parties.and organizations doing business with or performing services for the school unit to subscribe to all applicable federal and state laws pertaining to contract compliance.

  • Equal Employment OpportunityOpportunities Act of 1972 (P.L. 92-261), amending Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000 (2000(e) et seq.)

  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.); 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX regulations)
  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42P.L. U.S.C.88-352) § 2000d)
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (29 U.S.C. § 621 et seq.) Equal Pay Act of 1963 (29 U.S.C. § 206)
  • Section 504 of theVocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) (29 U.S.C. § 794 et seq.),
    as amended
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq.), asPregnancy amendedDiscrimination Act of 1978 Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) (42 U.S.C. § 2000ffet2000ff et seq.)
  • 5 MRSA § 4551, et seq. (Maine Human Rights ActAct); (5 MRSA § 4551 et seq.), as amended

Cross Reference:

  • Cape Elizabeth School Department Affirmative Action Plan ACAA - Harassment and Sexual Harassment of Students

  • ACAA-R – Student Discrimination/Harassment and Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedures
  • ACAB - Harassment and Sexual Harassment of School Employees ACAB-RJICK - Employee Discrimination/Harassment and Title IX Sexual
  • Harassment Complaint Procedures



  • August 20, 1996 Revised:
  • September 8,14, 20201999
  • May 13, 2003
  • October 12, 2004
  • August 28, 2012
  • November 12, 2019