District 115 Nondiscrimination Commitment

Lake Forest Community High School District 115 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/
  14. The Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act, 20 U.S.C. 7905

For students, this includes the requirement that no person, including a District employee or agent, student, or other community member, shall discriminate against, harass, intimidate, or bully a student based on actual or perceived race; color; national origin; military status; unfavorable discharge status from military service; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity; gender-related identity or expression; ancestry; age; religion; physical or mental disability; order of protection status; status of being homeless; actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy; association with a person or group with one or more of the aforementioned actual or perceived characteristics; or any other distinguishing characteristic identified in Board policy 7:10, Equal Educational Opportunities.

For employees, this includes the requirement that no person, including another District employee or agent, a student, or another community member, shall discriminate against or engage in harassment or abusive conduct against an employee based on an employee’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, disability, pregnancy, marital status, order of protection status, military status, or unfavorable discharge from military service, nor shall they engage in harassment or abusive conduct based on an individual’s other protected status identified in Board policy 5:10, Equal Employment Opportunity and Minority Recruitment.

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 or by emailing titleix@lfschools.net.

Nondiscrimination/Title IX Coordinator:

Rebecca Jenkins
rjenkins@lfschools.net
Deputy  Superintendent for K-12
300 S. Waukegan Rd.
Lake Forest, IL  60045
847-604-7422
 

Complaint Managers:

 
Dr. Patrick Sassen
psassen@lfschools.net
1285 McKinley Rd.
Lake Forest, IL  60045
847-582-7363   
Dr. Jennifer Sterpin
jsterpin@lfschools.net
1285 McKinley Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045
847-582-7766
   
Mr. Frank Lesniak
flesniak@lfschools.net
1285 N. McKinley Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045
847-582-7736   
Ms. Michelene Tomek
mtomek@lfschools.net
1285 McKinley Rd.
Lake Forest, IL  60045    
847-582-7362

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
Facsimile: (312) 730-1576
Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov
See 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
Info@EEOC.org
See 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 www2.illinois.gov/DHR  

The District will use the grievance procedures in Board of Education Policies 2:260 (Uniform Grievance Procedure) and 2:265 (Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure) to process complaints based on alleged violations of law or Board policy.

District administration also uses the following administrative procedures to process complaints of Title IX Sexual Harassment:

2:265 Administrative Procedure AP2 - Formal Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint Grievance Process

2:265 Administrative Procedure E2 - Title IX Sexual Harassment Glossary of Terms

More information on the Board policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, and retaliation can be found in Board policy, including, for example, Board policies 5:10 (Equal Employment Opportunity and Minority Recruitment), 5:20 (Workplace Harassment Prohibited), 7:10 (Equal Educational Opportunities), 7:20 (Harassment of Students Prohibited); 7:180 (Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment) More information about how to report discrimination, harassment, or retaliation can be found in Board policies  2:260 (Uniform Grievance Procedure) and 2:265 (Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure). The Board’s policy handbook is available online here.

Title IX Team Training Materials

The following materials were used to train the District’s Title IX Coordinators, Investigators, Decision-makers, and Informal Resolution Facilitators (the District’s Title IX Team members):