Career & Technical Education

Notice of Nondiscrimination


Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicapping condition. Both federal laws have notification requirements concerning the announcement of vocational education programs offered without discrimination. Notification of vocational education opportunities is crucial if students are to receive timely information which will help them to make informed choices and fully participate in programs which can provide them with marketable skills. Federal laws also obligate each district to identify all "communities" of limited English proficiency living within its jurisdiction.

Annual Notice: 

Prior to the beginning of each school year or academic semester, recipients must advise students, parents, employees and the general public that all vocational opportunities will be offered regardless of race, color, national origin, sex or disability.

The notice must be disseminated in English, plus any language other than English where there is a "community" of limited English proficiency persons living within its jurisdiction.

The public announcement must include the name, address, and telephone number of the person(s) designated to coordinate Title IX and Section 504 compliance activities.  

The notice must include a brief summary of program offerings and admission criteria.

Title IX: 34 CFR 106.8(b); Section 504:  34 CFR 104.7(a); Title II: 28 CFR 35 107(a); Guidelines IV-O.

The annual notice should reach all members of the public in the district’s jurisdiction.

Examples where annual notice might be found:  local newspapers, school newspapers, school calendars or other publications.  

Continuous Non-discrimination Notice: 

Recipients of federal financial assistance that provide vocational (CTE) programs must take continuing steps to notify students, applicants, parents, employees (including those with vision or hearing impairments) and unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with the recipient that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or disability. 

Title IX:  34 CFR 106.9; Section 504: 34 CFR 104.8.

Examples where continuous notice might be found: promotional brochures for CTE programs, employment applications, student handbook, faculty handbook, school newspaper.

Sample Public Notice:

The ________________ School District/BOCES hereby advises students, parents, employees and the general public that it offers employment and educational opportunities, including career and technical education opportunities, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap. Grievance procedures are available to interested persons by contacting the person(s) listed below:

Inquiries regarding this nondiscrimination policy may be directed to:

  1. Title IX Coordinator (sex discrimination)
    Name of Coordinator, Title
    Telephone number
  2. Section 504 Coordinator  (handicap discrimination)
    Name of Coordinator, Title
    Telephone number 

Note:  for the Annual Notice, a brief description of program courses/offerings and admission criteria would be included. For continuous notice, those descriptive items may be excluded.

see also:  http://www.ed.gov/print/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/nondisc.htmlExternal Link

for further information about the Notice of Non-discrimination requirements and elements for publishing one combined notice for all of the requirements.
Last Updated: March 12, 2014