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Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying

Policy Code 1710/4021/7230: Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying

The Jackson County Board of Education acknowledges the dignity and worth of all students and employees and strives to create a safe, orderly, caring, and inviting school environment to facilitate student learning and achievement. The board prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age and will provide equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups as required by law. The board will not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination, harassment, or bullying in any of its educational or employment activities or programs.


The superintendent has appointed the following individuals to coordinate the school system’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under federal non-discrimination laws. These responsibilities include investigating any complaints communicated to school officials alleging noncompliance with Title VI or Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination Act, and/or the Boy Scouts Act, or alleging actions which would be prohibited by those laws.

Title IX Coordinator
Age Discrimination Coordinator
Coordinator for Other Non-Discrimination Laws

Name: Dr. Kim Elliott
Office Address: 398 Hospital Road, Sylva, NC 28779
Phone Number: 828-586-2311 Ext. 1933

Section 504 Coordinator
ADA Coordinator

Name: Kelly Doppke
Office Address: 398 Hospital Road, Sylva, NC 28779
Phone Number: 828-586-2311 Ext. 1928

Records and Reporting

The superintendent or designee shall maintain confidential records of complaints or reports of discrimination, harassment, or bullying. The records must identify the names of all individuals accused of such offenses and the resolution of such complaints or reports. The superintendent also shall maintain records of training conducted and corrective action(s) or other steps taken by the school system to provide an environment free of discrimination, harassment, and bullying.

The superintendent shall report to the State Board of Education all verified cases of discrimination, harassment, or bullying. The report must be made through the Discipline Data Collection Report or through other means required by the State Board


The superintendent shall evaluate the effectiveness of efforts to correct or prevent discrimination, harassment, and bullying and shall share these evaluations periodically with the board.

Policy Adopted: June 25, 2001
Policy Updated: November 16, 2015