Non-Discrimination Policy

Fostering Equitable Environments

The District prohibits discrimination based on race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information (for employment), national origin, religion, age (for employment), disability, socioeconomic status (for programs), marital status (for programs), or veteran status (for employment) in its educational programs, activities, and its employment practices.

Equal opportunity in educational programs and activities shall be provided to all students in the District. In order to monitor progress, course enrollment and other relevant data (as required by the Department of Education and the Office of Civil Rights) shall be collected on the basis of designated categories and shall be updated annually.

Further, the District expressly prohibits any form of harassment of students or employees. Harassment or intimidation is defined as annoying, tormenting, teasing or using derogatory words or statements pertaining to or as a result of one’s race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information (for employment), national origin, religion, age (for employment), disability, socioeconomic status (for programs), marital status (for programs), or veteran status (for employment), when made by any student, employee, agent of or person under the control or supervision of the District, while on school property or engaged in or attending any school sponsored activity.

Harassment may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Submission to harassment is made directly or indirectly a term of condition of any individual’s employment or education.
  • Harassment interferes with or affects an individual’s academic or professional performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, offensive, abusive, employment or educational environment.

No employee, agent or person under the control or supervision of the District shall tolerate discrimination or harassment of any other individual, including students, or other school personnel, who are on school property or who are engaged in or attending any school sponsored activity. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact Dr. Dora Jung, director of student services & equity education/title ix coordinator at (712) 279-6075, jungd@live.siouxcityschools. com. Any such incidents of discrimination or harassment must be reported to an immediate supervisor or to the director of student services & equity education/title ix coordinator or director of human resources. Submission of a good faith complaint or report of discrimination or harassment will not affect the complainant or reporter’s future employment, grades, learning or working environment or work assignments. All complaints will be fully investigated and acted upon as necessary to ensure that the discrimination or harassment stops and does not recur.

The District will take any and all appropriate action, including any necessary discipline, against any employee, student, agent or any other person under the control or supervision of the District, who retaliates against any person who reports, testifies, assists, and/or participates in a proceeding, investigation or hearing relating to an incident of alleged discrimination or harassment. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal or harassment. This policy should not be read to negate other District policies prohibiting other forms of unlawful discrimination, inappropriate behavior and/or hate crimes within this District. It is the intent of the District that all such policies be read consistently to provide the highest level of protection from unlawful discrimination in the provision of educational and employment services and opportunities.

If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact one of the following:

Director of Student Services & Equity Education: Dr. Dora Jung
Sioux City Community School District
627 4th St., Sioux City, IA 51101
Phone: 712-279-6667
Email: jungd@live.siouxcityschools.com

Director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission
Grimes State Office Building
400 E. 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Phone: 1-800-457-4416

Director of the Region VII Office of Civil Rights
Department of Education
Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204
Phone: 312-730-1560
Fax: 312-730-1576
Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov