Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Code: AC

Maine School Administrative District No. 31

Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity and

Affirmative Action


The MSAD 31 Board is committed to maintaining a workplace and learning environment that is free from illegal discrimination and harassment.


In accordance with applicable Federal and/or State laws and regulations, MSAD 31 prohibits discrimination against and harassment of employees, candidates for employment, students and others with rights to admission or access to school programs, activities or premises on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry or national origin, or disability. For the purpose of this policy, “sexual orientation” means a person’s actual or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality, or gender identity or expression.


Further, in compliance with Federal law, MSAD 31 prohibits discrimination against school unit employees and candidates for employment on the basis of age or genetic information.


MSAD 31 prohibits retaliation against individuals for participating in an investigation concerning or opposing suspected discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, ancestry, national origin, or disability.


The Board delegates to the Superintendent the responsibility for implementing this policy. The Affirmative Action Officer (the SAD 31 Director of Special Services, telephone: 207-732-8307, address: Penobscot Valley High School, 23 Cross Street, Howland, ME 04448) will be responsible for ensuring compliance with all Federal and State requirements related to nondiscrimination. The Affirmative Action Officer will be appointed by the Superintendent and will be a person with direct access to the Superintendent.


The Superintendent/Affirmative Action Officer shall be responsible for ensuring that notice of compliance with Federal and State civil rights laws is provided to all applicants for employment, employees, students, parents and others, as appropriate.


Legal Reference: Equal Employment Opportunities Act of 1972 (P.L. 92-261) amending Title VII of the

Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000(e) et seq.)

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.)

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (P.L. 88-352)

Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (29 U.S.C. § 621 et seq.)

Equal Pay Act of 1963 (29 U.S.C. § 206)

Section 504 of Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 794 et seq.)

Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq.)

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)

(42 U.S.C. § 2000ff et seq.)

5 MRSA § 4551, et seq. (Maine Human Rights Act); 19301-19302

Cross Reference: MSAD 31 Affirmative Action Plan

AC-R – Grievance and Complaint Procedures

ACAA - Harassment and Sexual Harassment of Students

ACAA-R - Student Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedure

ACAB - Harassment and Sexual Harassment of School Employees

ACAB-R - Employee Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedure



First Reading: 05/15/2013

Second Reading: 06/19/2013

First Reading: 12/19/2018

Second Reading: 01/16/2019





This is a required policy