The Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE) is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in its education programs and activities and employment. CASE does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, immigration status, order of protection status, status of being homeless, military status, unfavorable discharge from military service or any other protected category in employment or in the provision of services, programs, and activities. The Cooperative complies with all laws and applicable regulations that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation by and in the Cooperative, including the following:
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
The State Officials and Employees Ethics Act
The Illinois Human Rights Act
Sections 10-22.5, 27-1, and 20.60 of the School Code and 23 Illinois Administrative Code Part 200
Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act, 820 ILCS 108/
Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003, 820 ILCS 112/
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.
Employee Credit Privacy Act, 820 ILCS 70/
The Cooperative will use the grievance procedures in Board of Education Policies 2:260 (Uniform Grievance Procedure) and 2:265 (Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure) to process applicable complaints based on alleged violations of law or Board policy.
No student, parent/guardian, employee, or other member of the Cooperative community 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 Cooperative 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 Cooperative Nondiscrimination/Title IX Coordinator, Nondiscrimination Coordinator, or Complaint Manager using the contact information below: