Non-Discrimination/Sexual Harrasment


Federal Law prohibits educational program and employment discrimination on the basis of gender (Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments); handicap (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973); age (Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967); and race, color, religion, gender, or national origin (Title VII Of The Civil Rights Act of 1964). New Jersey Title 6 prohibits educational program and employment practices discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, ancestry, national origin, and social/economic status.

The Linden School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender ancestry, national origin, social/economic status, age, or handicap in its educational programs or employment practices in accordance with the applicable statutes.

In addition, the Board of Education is committed to maintaining an instructional and working environment that is free from harassment of any kind. It shall be a violation of this policy for students to harass other students, or for students to harass staff members, or for staff members to harass students through conduct or communications of a sexual nature.

Sexual harassment is a violation of state and federal laws. It has been defined under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

Findings of sexual harassment will result in disciplinary action which may include parental conference, suspension (either in or Out of school), and/or a report with the Linden Police Department and any other disciplinary action deemed necessary and appropriate by the Superintendent of Schools/Board of Education.

The Linden Board of Education has a Nondiscrimination/Affirmative Action policy (#2224) and a Grievance Procedure whereby any student, parent, teacher, administrator, or member of the community who has a grievance (A complaint of discrimination or harassment) may present such grievance for consideration. This policy and grievance procedures are available in the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, in the Principal’s Office at each school, and in the district Affirmative Action Office.

Mr. Kevin Thurston
District Affirmative Action Officer
121 W. St. Georges Avenue
Linden , NJ 07036
(908) 486-5432 x8307

District 504 Officer
100 Edgewood Road
Linden , NJ 07036
(908) 587-3285

Regional Civil Rights Director (for Federal laws)
Office of Civil Rights, Region II
U.S. Department of Education
26 Federal Plaza, 33 rd Floor
New York , NY 10278
(212) 264-4633

N.J. Division of Civil Rights
140 East Front Street
PO Box 090
Trenton , NJ 08625-0090
(609) 292-4605