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HSE school board to mull revised non-discrimination policy

Posted: 4:11 PM, May 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-08 20:11:00Z
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FISHERS — The Hamilton Southeastern school board will consider an extended revision to its non-discrimination equal opportunity policy after some parents said a one-sentence proposed policy 'was not forward-thinking.'

During a meeting at 7 p.m. tonight, the board is expected to consider a three paragraph policy that the district will not discriminate or tolerate any form of discrimination based on "race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability."

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The policy proposal also calls for the district to "foster a culture and environment that does not marginalize, treat unfairly or disrespect any member of our school community."

Here is the full proposal included on the agenda for tonight's meeting:

Hamilton Southeastern School Corporation will not discriminate or tolerate any form of discrimination in its educational or employment activities for any reason or on any basis prohibited by applicable federal and state laws, including race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability. This includes but is not limited to a characteristic, trait, belief, practice, association or other attribute. Hamilton Southeastern Schools will foster a culture and environment that does not marginalize, treat unfairly or disrespect any member of our school community and will recognize the uniqueness and individuality of all students, educators, staff and administrators so they have an opportunity to succeed. This commitment applies to all School Corporation operations, programs, and activities. All students, administrators, teachers, staff, and all other school personnel share responsibility for avoiding, discouraging, and reporting any form of harassment or discrimination. This policy applies to conduct occurring on school grounds immediately before, during, or immediately after school hours; in any school program or activity taking place in school facilities, on school transportation, or at other off‐campus locations, such as at school‐sponsored field trips or a training program; or using property or equipment provided by the school, including school‐ owned computers and the school’s computer network. The immediate remedy for any act of discrimination shall be to end it, treat the individuals involved equitably, and, as much as practically possible, eradicate any effects of discrimination. The school corporation may impose discipline as appropriate.