Equal Opportunity Institution
Grand Rapids Public Schools, as an Equal Opportunity Institution, complies with federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment, including Title IV and Title VII (with amendments) of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974 as amended 38 USC 20-12 and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. It is the policy of the school board that no person shall be discriminated against in educational programs and activities, employment, or admission, on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, height, weight, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, pregnancy, disability or veteran status. The District’s Civil Rights Coordinator is Ms. Sharron Pitts. Ms. Pitts may be contacted at 1331 Franklin S.E., P.O. 117, Grand Rapids, MI 49501-0117 or (616) 819-2022.
Title IX Complaints
Formal complaints filed either by the Complainant or the Title IX Coordinator will be promptly and thoroughly investigated in accordance with the District’s grievance procedure. The complaint and grievance process can be found in the Sexual Harassment policy rules (5037-R and 8575-R) linked above.
Retaliation by anyone against an individual who has reported improper conduct, including sexual harassment, is strictly forbidden. If the complainant believes that anyone is retaliating against them in any way, they must notify their supervisor, building principal and/or the Civil Rights Coordinator immediately.
Employee Title IX Training
The Title IX Coordinator, anyone investigating a complaint of sexual harassment, anyone making a final decision based on an investigation report, and anyone hearing an appeal of a decision based on an investigation report shall be trained in the Title IX law and regulations, the investigation procedures and requirements, the decision making process, and the appeal process. The training materials are located here.