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Gwinnett County Public Schools

Title IX / Nondiscrimination Policies

Office of Employee Relations (Title IX)

The Office of Employee Relations (Title IX) ensures the equitable administration of applicable federal, state, and GCPS regulations and laws impacting the GCPS community and fosters positive relationships between the school system and its students and employees.  The Office of Employee Relations (Title IX) also administers the complaint and appeal processes; investigates employee, student, and community complaints of discrimination or harassment; and facilitates ADA reasonable accommodation requests. In addition, it ensures compliance with legal requirements associated with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act; Age Discrimination in Employment Act; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; Age Discrimination Act; Titles I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act; and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. 

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is committed to equal opportunity, a culture of inclusion, and an environment free from discrimination and harassment in its educational programs, activities, and employment practices. 

GCPS prohibits discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, disability, genetics, or veteran status in its activities, programs, and employment. The prohibition against discrimination applies to all employees, students, Board members, and all other members of the GCPS community, including affiliates, invitees, and guests. 

In addition, GCPS provides equal access to designated youth groups. GCPS expressly prohibits subjecting any person to discrimination or harassment on the basis of his/her membership in a protected class by the following laws: Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Age Discrimination Act of 1975; Title I and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. 

The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding Title IX and other policies:

Phone: 678-301-6811

Email: Cathy.Hardin@gcpsk12.org

Cathy Hardin

Chief Human Resources Officer
District Title IX, Section 504, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Age Discrimination Act Coordinator

Gwinnett County Public Schools
437 Old Peachtree Road, NW
Suwanee, GA 30024

Phone: 678-301-6175

Email: Ivy.Gardner@gcpsk12.org

Ivy B. Gardner, JD, MBA

Director of District Title IX Compliance
Gwinnett County Public Schools
437 Old Peachtree Road, NW
Suwanee, GA 30024

Questions regarding discrimination may alternatively be addressed to either the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, depending on the status of the complainant.

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It is the policy of the Gwinnett County Public Schools not to discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, color, disability, religion or national origin in any program or activity, employment, admission, service, treatment, admissions to facilities or access to any program or activity operated by the Board or in the employment practices of the Board.  It is the express policy of the Board to comply with all appropriate laws and regulations relating to discrimination now in effect or hereafter enacted including Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Age Discrimination Act of 1975; Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 and all accompanying regulations.