ORVA Title IX and Non-Discrimination Notice
Title IX, Section 504, Title VI, & Title VII
OREGON VIRTUAL ACADEMY PUBLIC NOTICE OF SECTION 504, TITLE VI, TITLE VII AND TITLE IX DISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICIES AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
Oregon Virtual Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or age in providing education or access to benefits of education services, activities and programs in accordance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX and other civil rights or discrimination issues; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act; and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008.
As a public charter school, Oregon Virtual Academy may not limit student admission based on race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, disability, the terms of an individual’s educational program, income level, proficiency in the English language or athletic ability, but may limit admission within a given age group or grade level.
Grievance procedures are available to interested persons and inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed below:
Title IX Coordinator (Sexual Discrimination)
Section 504 Coordinator (Handicap Discrimination)
400 Virginia Avenue, Suite 210
North Bend, OR 97459
SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT
Oregon Virtual Academy does not discriminate on the basis of handicap condition in admission or access to its programs and activities. No person shall be denied employment because of any physical, mental or medical impairment, which is related to the person’s ability to engage in the activities involved in the job for which application has been made.
TITLE VI (SECTION 601) OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964
As required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Oregon Virtual Academy does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color or national origin.
TITLE VII OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964
Title VII prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of color, national origin, and sex; therefore sexual harassment is job discrimination. As required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Oregon Virtual Academy does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color or national origin.
TITLE IX OF THE EDUCATION AMENDMENTS OF 1972
As required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Oregon Virtual Academy does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs or activities that it provides. Oregon Virtual Academy does not discriminate in employment of persons on the basis of sex, including recruitment, appointment, salary and benefits.
Title IX also protects students from unlawful sexual harassment in all of the school’s programs and activities whether they take place in the facilities of the school, on a school bus, in a school’s class, at a class training program sponsored by the school at any other location, or elsewhere in relation to the school or a school-related activity. Title IX protects both male and female students from sexual harassment, regardless of who the harasser is. Oregon Virtual Academy will not tolerate any conduct against students in violation of these requirements and disciplinary action will be strictly enforced against all individuals who engage in prohibited conduct.
Sexual Harassment is defined as any unwanted sexual advances, including a request for sexual favors, or verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature which alarms or annoys you, interferes with your privacy or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. Examples of Sexual Harassment include, but are not limited to: telling offensive jokes, questioning or commenting on someone’s sexuality, displaying sexually explicit photographs, spreading sexual rumors, making comments about someone’s body or attire or standing or rubbing against a person, making suggestive noises, gestures or comments.
A hostile environment is one that interferes with ones work performance and may include such events as verbal comments, displaying sexual materials and unwanted sexual contact. To be illegal, a hostile environment must be severe and pervasive, an isolated remark, or event is not sufficient to constitute a hostile environment. The incident must also be unwelcome.
Oregon Virtual Academy is responsible under Title IX to respond to written or verbal reports of sexual harassment and sex discrimination, and all staff must report incidents of sexual harassment or sexual discrimination to appropriate administrative personnel. Title IX prohibits retaliation against anyone who has made a complaint, testified, assisted or participated in any manner in any investigation, proceeding or hearing relating to a complaint of sex discrimination and sexual harassment.
Oregon Virtual Academy’s official responsible for the coordination of activities relating to nondiscrimination on the basis of sex is Zach Keesey. He can provide information on Title IX, including information about his position, complaint procedures and Oregon Virtual Academy policies to any student or employee who feels that his or her rights under Title IX have been violated by the Oregon Virtual Academy or its officials. In addition, any student or employee may make an inquiry or complaint directly to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights.