District Status: Schools closed through 5/1; FWCS Offices closed 3/23-4/10 Fort Wayne Community Schools - Nondiscrimination Policy

Fort Wayne Community Schools - 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.

FWCS NONDISCIMINATION POLICY AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

FWCS does not tolerate the unjust or prejudicial treatment of any individual or group’s actual or perceived race, color or ethnic group, religion or religious practice, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, age, marital status, military status, veteran status, disability or any other basis prohibited by state or federal law. The immediate remedy for any act of discrimination shall be to end it, treat the individual equitably, and, as much as practically possible, to eradicate any effects of discrimination. Discipline should be imposed where appropriate. 

FWCS designates the following personnel as the District civil rights coordinators:

Director of Human Resources

Title IX Coordinator

Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator

Title VI and VII Coordinator

(260) 467-2135

1200 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

 

Chief of Family and Community Engagement

504 Coordinator

(260) 467-7250

230 E. Douglas Ave., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Building principals serve as coordinators for allegations of civil rights violations in schools. Unit or department heads are the coordinators for their units or departments.

If you believe that you have experienced discrimination or been denied participation in any program or activity, you may contact any of the above personnel. He or she will explain your right to file a complaint and how that complaint will be investi­gated.

  1. The employee, student or patron alleging discrimination shall notify the appropriate coordinator described above (building level or corporation level). Complaints do not need to be made in writing and may be made anonymously, but coordinators will be better able to address the violation if they are provided specific information about the alleged act or omission and the parties involved. FWCS will take care to keep the identity of the complainant confidential if that is his or her request, but may not be able to guarantee anonymity. Complaints may be submitted online via Let’s Talk and will be assigned to the appropriate coordinator.
  2. The coordinator shall initiate investiga­tion of the circumstances of the complaint within seven calendar days of the receipt of the written com­plaint.
  3. The coordinator shall render a decision within fourteen calendar days of the receipt of the writ­ten complaint. The decision shall be in writing to the complainant if the complaint was received in writing.
  4. FWCS personnel may not discuss education records containing personally identifiable information of students with parents other than their own. This includes disciplinary consequences imposed following investigations.
  5. Reasonable extensions of the deadlines in this Procedure shall be allowed upon request by either party.

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.