Equal Educational Opportunities


District 401 prohibits unlawful discrimination in its programs and activities.

Equal educational and extracurricular opportunities shall be available for all students without regard to color, race, nationality, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, gender identity, status of being homeless, immigration status, order of protection status, or actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy.


Sex Equity


No student shall, based on sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, be denied equal access to programs, activities, services or benefits, or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage or denied equal access to educational and extracurricular programs and activities.


Title IX Contact Information


In accordance with Board Policy 2:260, the Superintendent shall appoint a Title IX Coordinator to coordinate the District’s efforts to comply with Title IX. District 401's Title IX Coordinator is:

Dr. Kari Smith, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services
Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401
8201 W. Fullerton Ave., Elmwood Park, IL 60707
smithk@epcusd401.org
708-583-5836

Title IX is a federal civil rights law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. This law protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights' Title IX and Sex Discrimination page.


Third Parties


District 401 will not knowingly enter into agreements with any entity or any individual that discriminates against students on the basis of sex or any other protected status, except that the District remains viewpoint neutral when granting community access to school facilities as explained in Board Policy 8:20 of the Board of Education's District Policy Manual.


Grievances and Complaints


Any student, parent/guardian or employee may file a discrimination grievance by using the Uniform Grievance Procedure as explained in Board Policy 2:260 of the District Policy Manual.


Nondiscrimination Coordinator | Contact Information


Per Board Policy 2:260, the Superintendent shall appoint a Nondiscrimination Coordinator to manage the District’s efforts to provide equal opportunity employment and educational opportunities and prohibit the harassment of employees, students and others.

Below is contact information for this position:

NONDISCRIMINATION COORDINATOR
Dr. Leah Gauthier, Superintendent
Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401
8201 W. Fullerton Ave., Elmwood Park, IL 60707
708-583-5831


Complaint Managers | Contact Information


Per Board Policy 2:260, the Superintendent shall appoint at least one Complaint Manager to administer the District’s efforts to provide equal opportunity employment and educational opportunities and prohibit the harassment of employees, students and others. If possible, the Superintendent will appoint two Complaint Managers, one of each gender.

District 401 has two complaint managers. Below is contact information for these positions:

COMPLAINT MANAGER
Dr. Kimberly Ontiveros, Director for Curriculum and Instruction
Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401
8201 W. Fullerton Ave., Elmwood Park, IL 60707
708-583-5835

COMPLAINT MANAGER
Mr. Doug Noyes, Athletic Director
Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401
8201 W. Fullerton Ave., Elmwood Park, IL 60707
708-583-5468


For Additional Information


The full text of District 401's policy on equal educational opportunities can be found in Board Policy 7:10 in the District Policy Manual.

See also 7:10-E Exhibit, which lists many of the Board policies that address equal educational opportunities and the health, safety and general welfare of students within the District.