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Garfield Heights City Schools

(216) 475-8100


Anti-Harassment & Discrimination

The Board has designated Sean Patton to serve as the district’s Compliance Officer. The Compliance Officer can be reached at 216-475-8100.

Any complaint can be sent in writing using the form below to:

Garfield Heights City Schools
Attn: Sean Patton
5640 Briarcliff Drive
Garfield Heights, OH 44125

The form may also be sent via email to: [email protected]

Garfield Heights City Schools Board of Education Policy AC includes the following:

The Board’s policy of nondiscrimination extends to students, staff, job applicants, the general public and individuals with whom it does business and applies to race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, religion, sex, economic status, age, disability or military status.

The Board does not discriminate on the basis of legally acquired genetic information.

The Board does not permit discriminatory practices and views harassment as a form of discrimination. Harassment is defined as intimidation by threats of or actual physical violence; the creation, by whatever means including the use of electronic communications devices, of a climate of hostility or intimidation; or the use of language, conduct, or symbols in such a manner as to be commonly understood to convey hatred, contempt or prejudice or to have the effect of insulting or stigmatizing an individual.

Employees or students who engage in discrimination of another employee or student shall be subject to disciplinary action.

Permission, consent or assumption of risk by an individual subjected to discrimination does not lessen the prohibition contained in this policy.

No one shall retaliate against an employee or student because he/she files a grievance; assists or participates in an investigation, proceeding or hearing regarding the charge of discrimination of an individual; or because he/she has opposed language or conduct that violates this policy.

District’s compliance officer/civil rights coordinator

The Board designates the following individual to serve as the District’s compliance
officer/civil rights coordinator:

Title: Director of Human Resources
Address: 5640 Briarcliff Drive, Garfield Heights, OH 44125
Phone number: 216-475-8100

The name, title, and contact information of this individual is annually published in District handbooks and on the District website.

The compliance officer is responsible for coordinating the District’s efforts to comply with applicable Federal and State laws and regulations, including the District’s duty to address any inquires or complaints regarding discrimination/retaliation or denial of equal access in a prompt and equitable manner

Reports and Complaints of Unlawful Discrimination/Harassment

All persons associated with the District, including, but not limited to, the Board, administration, staff, students and third parties are encouraged to promptly report incidents of unlawful discrimination/harassment.

The Board has developed complaint procedures, which are made available to every member of the school community. The Board also has identified disciplinary penalties, which may be imposed on the offender(s).

Matters, including the identity of both the charging party and the accused, are kept confidential to the extent possible.