Nondiscrimination Commitment

Champaign Unit 4 Schools is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in its education programs and activities and employment. The District complies with all laws and applicable regulations that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation by and in the District, including the following:

  1. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  2. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
  3. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  4. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.
  5. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq.
  6. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 
  7. The State Officials and Employees Ethics Act
  8. The Illinois Human Rights Act
  9. Sections 10-22.5, 27-1, and 20.60 of the School Code and 23 Illinois Administrative Code Part 200
  10. Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act, 820 ILCS 108/
  11. Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003, 820 ILCS 112/
  12. Illinois Genetic Information Privacy Act (GINA), 410 ILCS 513/ and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000ff et seq.
  13. Employee Credit Privacy Act, 820 ILCS 70/

The District will use the grievance procedures in Board of Education Policies 296 and 296.01 (Uniform Grievance Procedure) and 296 and 296.02 (Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure) to process complaints based on alleged violations of law or Board policy.

No student, parent/guardian, employee, or other member of the District community will be subjected to retaliation as prohibited under any law or Board policy, including those laws identified above. Retaliation is an adverse act imposed because a person has asserted a right or participated in a process involving the assertion of a right, including reporting a violation of law or Board policy or participating in the grievance processes used to process complaints based on alleged violations of law or Board policy.

Any person who believes any student, employee, or third party or the District generally has engaged in conduct prohibited by the laws cited above or Board policy, including discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, or who has inquiries about the application of the laws cited above or Board policy should contact a District Nondiscrimination/Title IX Coordinator, Nondiscrimination Coordinator, or Complaint Manager using the contact information below:

Nondiscrimination/Title IX Coordinator
Name/Title:                 Orlando Thomas, Executive Director of School Supports and Choice
Office Address:           502 W. Windsor Road, Champaign, IL 61820
Email Address:           thomasor@u4sd.org
Telephone Number:    217-351-3792

Nondiscrimination Coordinator and Complaint Manager
Name/Title:                 Ken Kleber, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
Office Address:           502 W. Windsor Road, Champaign, IL 61820
Email Address:           kleberke@u4sd.org
Telephone Number:    217-351-3822

Complaint Manager
Name/Title:                 Laura Taylor, Deputy Superintendent
Office Address:           502 W. Windsor Road, Champaign, IL 61820
Email Address:           taylorla@u4sd.org
Telephone Number:    217-351-3702

The following agencies may also be able to answer inquiries about some of the laws cited above:

U.S Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) 
Chicago Office
JCK Federal Building 
230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
Telephone: (312) 730-1560
Facimile: (312) 730-1576
Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.ogv

See http://www.ed.gov/ocr 

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Chicago District Office
JCK Federal Building 
Chicago, IL 60604
Telephone: (312) 872-9744
Facsimile: (312) 588-1260
Email: Info@EEOC.org

See http://www.eeoc.gov 

 

Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR)
Springfield Office
535 West Jefferson 
1st Floor
Intake Unit
Springfield, IL 62702
Telephone: (217) 785-5100
Facsimile: (217) 785-5106
Email: IDHR.webmail@Illinois.gov

See http://www2.illinois.gov/DHR 

More information on the Board policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, and retaliation can be found in Board policy, including, for example, Policies 115 (Nondiscrimination Statement), 296 (Uniform Grievance Procedure), 209.01 (General Grievance Process), 296.02 (Title IX Grievance Process), 500.23 (General Personnel – Workplace Harassment Prohibited), 503 (General Personnel – Section 504 or ADA), 720.09 (Student Welfare – Student Harassment Prohibited),  721.20 (Student Welfare – Section 504 and ADA), 835 (Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities),  The Board’s policy handbook is available online at: Unit 4 Board Policies 

Training Materials to Train Title IX Team Members

The following materials have been used to train Title IX Coordinators, investigators, decision-makers, and any person who facilitates an informal resolution process (the District’s Title IX Team members):