Notice of Non-discrimination
In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law.
Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public.
The School District’s Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is
Asst. Superintendent Laura Mijares
PO Box 1498, Pagosa Springs, CO 81128
970-264-2228 ext 5405
Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.
The following notice of non-discrimination meets the minimum requirements of the
regulations enforced by OCR [Title IX: 34 CFR 106.9; Section 504:34 CFR 104.8; Title IX: 34 CFR
106.8; Section 504:34 CFR 104.7(a)].
Note that the Title IX grievance procedural requirement is fairly prescriptive and must meet certain benchmarks. These are outlined below:
- A complaint must start with formal process, can later move to informal, under certain conditions
- There will be written notice sent to complainant and respondent (or their parent/guardian, if the student is a minor).
- All parties operate under a presumption of innocence
- Investigation may be handled by an internal district employee or a contractor. Both will operate under a prompt timeframe.
- Timelines will be established and adhered to.
- There will be an objective evaluation of evidence.
- The district decision maker my decide on an optional hearing.
- The district upholds an accepted standard of evidence.
- A written report provided to both parties and advisors
- Remedies and sanctions may result from he decision made.