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Nondiscrimination/Title IX

Nondiscrimination Commitment 
Rock Island - Milan School District #41 is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in its educational 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/ 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 District community member 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/Complaint Manager
Debbie Shivers, Human Resources Business Partner 
309.793.5900 ext. 10201
RIMSD #41 Administration Center
2101 6th Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61201

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

U.S. Dept. 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 protected]



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 protected]



Illinois Dept. 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: [email protected]




You can find more information on the Board policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, and retaliation 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). You can find more information about how to report discrimination, harassment, or retaliation 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 at

Provisional Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure—Administrative Procedure Policy 2:265

Training Materials to Train Title IX Team Members
The following materials were 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):