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AC - NONDISCRIMINATION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION 

  • Section A: Foundations and Basic Commitments
AC - NONDISCRIMINATION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION 

Regional School Unit 21 (RSU 21) is committed to implementing programs and practices that support diversity, equity, and inclusion. RSU 21 does not discriminate on the basis of sex or other protected categories in its education programs and activities, as required by federal and state laws/regulations.  

Discrimination against and harassment of school employees because of actual or perceived race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, familial status, disability, or genetic information are prohibited. 

Discrimination against and harassment of students because of actual or perceived race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ancestry or national origin, genetic information, or disability are prohibited.

For the purpose of this policy, and as defined by state law, “race” includes traits associated with race, including hair texture, Afro hairstyles, and protective hairstyles, including braids, twists, and locks.

The Board directs the school administration to implement a continuing program designed to prevent discrimination against all applicants, employees, students and other individuals having access rights to school premises and activities. 

The school unit has designated and authorized an Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator who is responsible for ensuring compliance with all federal and state requirements relating to nondiscrimination, including sexual harassment. The Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator is a person with direct access to the Superintendent. 

Regional School Unit 21 has implemented complaint procedures for resolving complaints of discrimination/harassment and sexual harassment under this policy. The school unit provides required notices of these complaint procedures and how they can be accessed, as well as the school unit’s compliance with federal and state civil rights laws and regulations to all applicants for employment, employees, students, parents and other interested parties. 

Legal Reference: Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 (P.L. 92-261), amending Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 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 (42 U.S.C. § 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 the 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.), as amended 

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (42 U.S.C. § 2000ff et seq.) 

Maine Human Rights Act (5 MRSA § 4551 et seq.), as amended 

Cross Reference: Regional School Unit 21 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-R – Employee Discrimination/Harassment and Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedures 

JICK - Bullying

Equal Opportunity Employment

Adopted: 8/17/2020  

Revised: 6/6/2022 

Revised: 1/9/2023

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