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Austin Public Schools

Policy 102 - Equal Educational Opportunity

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[Note: School districts are required by statute to have a policy addressing these issues.]


The purpose of this policy is to ensure that equal educational opportunity is provided for all students of the school district.


  • The policy of the school district is to provide equal educational opportunity for all students. The school district does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, parental status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, including gender identity and expression, or age. The school district also makes reasonable accommodations for disabled students.

[Note: Part of the definition of “sexual orientation” within the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) is “having or being perceived as having a self-image or identity not traditionally associated with one’s biological maleness or femaleness,” which is how gender identity and expression gain protection under the MHRA. Minn. Stat. § 363A.03, Subd. 44.]

  • The school district prohibits the harassment of any individual for any of the categories listed above. For information about the types of conduct that constitute violation of the school district’s policy on harassment and violence and the school district’s procedures for addressing such complaints, refer to the school district’s policy on harassment and violence.
  • This policy applies to all areas of education including academics, coursework, cocurricular and extracurricular activities, or other rights or privileges of enrollment.
  • Every school district employee shall be responsible for complying with this policy conscientiously.
  • Any student, parent, or guardian having a question regarding this policy should discuss it with the appropriate school district official as provided by policy. In the absence of a specific designee, an inquiry or a complaint should be referred to the superintendent.

Legal References:

  • Minn. Stat. § 121A.03, Subd. 2 (Sexual, Religious, and Racial Harassment
  • and Violence Policy)
  • Minn. Stat. Ch. 363A (Minnesota Human Rights Act)
  • 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972)
  • 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq. (Americans with Disabilities Act)

Cross References:

  • MSBA/MASA Model Policy 402 (Disability Nondiscrimination)
  • MSBA/MASA Model Policy 413 (Harassment and Violence)
  • MSBA/MASA Model Policy 521 (Student Disability Nondiscrimination)
  • MSBA/MASA Model Policy 522 (Student Sex Nondiscrimination

Policy Adopted: 01/12/04
Policy Reviewed: 05/10/10
Policy Reviewed: 05/13/13
Policy Reviewed: 11/10/14
Policy Updated: 03/13/17
Policy Updated: 12/9/19