TST BOCES Sexual Harassment and Non-discrimination Notice

It is the policy of the Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) that all employees and students have a right to work or study in an environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity which encompasses freedom from sexual harassment. The BOCES has a zero tolerance policy against sexual harassment of its employees or students in any form, and states that all employees as well as students at all grade levels of the BOCES must avoid offensive or inappropriate sexual or sexually harassing behavior at school, on school grounds, at school functions, and on school transportation and will be held responsible for ensuring that such workplace is free from sexual harassment.

The BOCES does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, political affiliation, sex, age, marital or veteran status, disability, religious practice, ethnic group, gender expression and identity, weight, or genetic predisposition in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The BOCES recognizes its responsibility to provide an environment free from discrimination, harassment and intimidation in the career, technical or educational programs and activities it operates.

We do not permit discrimination by employees, school volunteers, students and non- employees such as contractors and vendors, as well as any third parties participating in, observing or otherwise engaged in activities subject to the supervision of the BOCES. This includes recruitment and employment practices, pay and benefits, counseling services for students, access by students to career, technical or other educational programs, courses and activities. The Board also prohibits harassment based upon an individual’s opposition to the discrimination or participation in a related investigation or complaint proceeding under the anti- discrimination statutes.

The policy of non-discrimination and anti-harassment will be enforced on school district premises, in school buildings and at all school sponsored events, programs and activities including those that take place off school premises. Inquiries or complaints should be forwarded to the District Superintendent.

This is in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of The Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the 8Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Dignity for all Students Act of 2010.

 

The following person(s) have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the Sexual harassment and non- discrimination policies:

David J. Parsons
Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services
555 Warren Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-257-1551 ext. 1006
dparsons@tstboces.org
Dr. Nicole G. Eschler
Executive Director of Regional School Success
555 Warren Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-257-1551 ext. 7202
neschler@tstboces.org