Policies and Regulations NEPN Code: AC

Foundations and Basic Commitments
Equal Opportunity/Nondiscrimination

The Sioux Falls School District believes that a valuable element of education is the development of respect for all individuals and seeks to provide equal access/equal opportunity for students, employees and the public to District programs and activities.

In an effort to provide a safe, respectful educational environment, the District prohibits discrimination in its policies, employment practices, programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, disability, national origin or ancestry, military/veteran status, genetic information or any other category protected by law. The District prohibits acts of discrimination toward any individual(s) while on District property or at District sponsored activities. Additionally, the District provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

The District prohibits discrimination against students on the basis of parental status, marital status, or pregnancy. Students will not be excluded from any program or activity, including any class or extra curricular activity based on the above.

Prohibited acts of discrimination include racial, sexual (including sexual violence), ethnic or other types of slurs, insults, intimidation, harassment and other such conduct directed toward another person.

The District will make reasonable modifications to its programs, facilities, employment practices, and activities to accommodate otherwise qualified individuals with a disability, unless such modifications would impose an undue burden on the operation of the particular program, or would alter the fundamental nature or purpose of the program or position, or cause an undue hardship on the District.

The District is committed to ensuring the accessibility of its web content, and other communications, to people with disabilities. The District’s website will include information on how to report a website accessibility issue.

Violations of this policy may result in discipline up to and including expulsion for students, up to and including termination for employees and suspension from attending school activities for citizens.

The District prohibits retaliation against any individual who reports a claim under this policy or participates in an investigation of any such claim.

Inquiries concerning equal opportunity/nondiscrimination or retaliation including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, or the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act may be referred to the Civil Rights Officer/Title IX Coordinator, In-House Counsel, at the Instructional Planning Center, 201 East Thirty-eighth Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.

Complaint procedures are outlined in regulation AC-R.


Legal references:

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (discrimination based on national origin or race)
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, gender (including pregnancy), national origin or ancestry)
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (discrimination based on gender)
Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (discrimination based on age)
Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (discrimination based on genetic information)
Americans with Disabilities Act and Amendment Act (discrimination based on disability)
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (discrimination based on disability)
Uniform Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (discrimination based on military/veteran status)
Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act, 20 USC Section 7905 (equal access to public school facilities for the Boy Scouts and other designated youth)

Related Policies/Regulations:

GBAA/GBAA-R – Harassment (Personnel)
IHBA – Programs for Students with Disabilities
JFCE – Student Bullying
JIAA/JIAA-R – Harassment (Students)
KED/KED-R – Concerns/Complaints about Educational Programs for Students with Disabilities


Policy   Board Action (formerly 1000b, 3000b, 5000b & 6000b)
Adopted: 07-08-85 22227  
Amended: 08-12-91 26363A  
Amended: 06-26-95 28182  
Amended: 07-14-97 28842  
Amended: 07-08-02 33293  
Reviewed: 06-09-08 35074  
Amended: 06-22-09 35420  
Amended: 09-13-10 35819  
Amended: 09-26-11 36174  
Reviewed: 04-13-15 37178  
Reviewed: 08-24-15 37275  
Amended: 02-26-18 37965