The Department of Education strictly prohibits discrimination, including harassment, by any employee against a student based on the following protected classes: race, color, national origin, sex, physical or mental disability, and/or religion. In addition to the above protected basis, the Department of Education strictly prohibits any form of harassment and/or bullying based on the following: gender identity and expression, socio-economic status, physical appearance and characteristic, and sexual orientation.
ANTI-HARASSMENT, ANTI-BULLYING, AND ANTI-DISCRIMINATION AGAINST STUDENT(S) BY EMPLOYEES
A student shall not be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to harassment, bullying, or discrimination under any program, services, or activity of the Department of Education.
The Department of Education expressly prohibits retaliation against anyone engaging in protected activity. Protected activity is defined as anyone who files a complaint of harassment, bullying, or discrimination; participates in complaint or investigation proceedings dealing with harassment, bullying, or discrimination under this policy; inquires about his or her rights under this policy; or otherwise opposes acts covered under this policy.
The Department of Education shall develop regulations and procedures relating to this policy to include personnel action consequences for anyone who violates this policy.