Nondiscrimination Policy

FWCS Nondiscrimination Policy

Fort Wayne Community Schools supports the principle that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, religion, color, marital status, national origin, sex, age, disability or limited English proficiency. No person is excluded from participating, denied the benefits of, or otherwise subject to unlawful discrimination on such basis under any educational program or student activity.

  • If you believe that you have experienced discrimination or been denied participation in any program or activity, contact your building principal or unit head, who acts as Compliance Officer. He or she has a copy of the student grievance procedure which explains your right to file a complaint and how that complaint is filed and investigated.
  • Title IX compliance officer is the Director of Human Resources, (260) 467-2135.
    The 504 compliance officer is the Director of Student Services, (260) 467-2120.
    The Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VI compliance officer is the Chief Academic Officer, (260) 467-2005, 1200 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

Civil Rights Nondiscrimination Grievance Procedure

This nondiscrimination grievance procedure applies to civil rights regulatory TITLE VI (race, color, national origin including limited English proficiency), TITLE IX (sex/gender), SECTION 504 of the REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973 (handicapping conditions), and the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Interested parties include school corporation officers, employees, students and patrons. The nondiscrimination procedure applies to acts or omissions relating to protected rights based upon age, race, color, sex, handicapping condition, and national origin including limited English proficiency.

Civil rights regulations require the identification and notification of employees, students, and patrons of the corporation's Civil Rights Coordinator(s). The Coordinators for Fort Wayne Community Schools are as follows:

  • The building principal or designee serves as the compliance coordinator for allegations of building level violations affecting students, employees, or building patrons.
  • The Superintendent or designee serves as the compliance coordinator for violations at the corporate level such as policy or practice.

CIVIL RIGHTS NONDISCRIMINATION GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

  • Level One
    • The officer, employee, student, or patron alleging a violation shall submit the initial complaint in writing to the appropriate compliance coordinator described above (building level or corporation level). The complaint shall stipulate the specific act or omission, the date of same, and parties involved.
    • The compliance coordinator shall initiate investigation of the circumstances of the complaint within seven (7) calendar days of the receipt of the written complaint.
    • The compliance coordinator shall render a decision within fourteen (14) calendar days of the receipt of the written complaint. The decision shall be in writing to the complainant.
    • The complainant shall have seven (7) calendar days to react to the decision before it becomes final. If the complainant disagrees with the decision of the compliance coordinator and submits a written document so stating to the compliance officer, a level two procedure shall be initiated.
  • Level Two
    • The compliance coordinator shall submit the statement of written disagreement and all related information to the Superintendent within three (3) calendar days of receipt.
    • The Superintendent shall review all materials and schedule a meeting within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of the statement of written disagreement and all related information. The participants shall be the complainant, the compliance coordinator, and the Superintendent. Other witnesses may be called with mutual prior notice of three (3) calendar days.
    • The Superintendent shall make a decision within seven (7) calendar days of the final meeting of parties. This decision shall be final.

NOTE: By mutual agreement, circumstances of calendar availability may result in extension of stipulated time allowances if a request is made in writing by either party and so agreed to by the parties. If the alleged violation, interpretation or application is of a corporate nature such as a written rule, regulation, or policy, then Level Two is initiated immediately.