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Notice of Non-Discrimination

San José Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, marital, parental or family status, color, mental or physical disability, or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in its educational programs and activities or employment practices as required by Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Vocational Education Act of 1976. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the district’s programs. The Board shall promote programs which ensure that any discriminatory practices are eliminated in all district activities. Any school employee who observes an incident of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying or to whom such an incident is reported shall report the incident to the coordinator or principal, whether or not the victim files a complaint. When a school employee witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, he or she should take immediate steps to intervene when it is safe to do so.

Students, parents, employees, or others who wish further information about these regulations, or who wish to file a complaint, should contact the following persons:

For Title IX, discrimination or equity complaints involving students:
Director of Student Services/Student Title IX Coordinator, Darbi O’Connell, 408-535-6080,, 855 Lenzen Avenue, San José, CA 95126

For Title IX, discrimination or equity complaints involving staff:
Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Services, J. Dominic Bejarano, 408-535-6139,, 855 Lenzen Avenue, San José, CA 95126

For Section 504 Compliance complaints involving students:
SJUSD 504 Coordinator,, 855 Lenzen Avenue, San José, CA 95126

For facilities or other ADA complaints:
Director of Maintenance, Grounds, and Operations, Denny Pini, 408-535-6000,, 855 Lenzen Avenue, San José, CA 95126

Board Policy 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities
Board Policy 4030 - Nondiscrimination in Employment
Board Policy 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment - Students

Hate-Motivated Behavior

The Governing Board affirms the right of every student to be protected from hate-motivated behavior. Behavior or statements that degrade an individual on the basis of his/her race, ethnicity, culture, heritage, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical/mental attributes or religious beliefs or practices shall not be tolerated.

Any student who feels that he/she is a victim of hate-motivated behavior should contact the principal. A student may file a complaint in accordance with district complaint procedures. Staff who receive notice of hate-motivated behavior or personally observe such behavior shall notify the principal, Superintendent or designee, and law enforcement, as appropriate. Students demonstrating hate-motivated behavior shall be subject to discipline in accordance with Board policy and administrative regulation.

San José Unified strives to promote harmonious relationships that enable students to gain a true understanding of the civil rights and social responsibilities of people in our society. The district will ensure that staff receive appropriate training to recognize hate-motivated behavior and methods for handling such behavior in appropriate ways, and that students are provided age-appropriate instruction to help promote understanding of and respect for human rights.

Board Policy 5145.9 - Hate-Motivated Behavior