School Policies & Resources
EDUCATION AT IT'S BEST
The Ocean County Vocational Technical School District will operate in accordance with District Policy 1550- Affirmative Action Program for Employment and Contract Practices/Employment Practices Plan.
We are an equal opportunity employer who fully and actively supports equal access for all people regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, genetic information or testing, family and medical leave, sexual orientation and gender Identity or expression. We prohibit retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the Investigation of any complaint, or otherwise oppose discrimination.
Inquiries regarding affirmative action, discrimination and equity should be directed to:
Affirmative Action/Title IX Officer
Dr. Michael B. Maschi 732.240.6414 (ext. 3318)
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION COMPLAINT FORM
INSTRUCTIONS: All employees and applicants for employment have the right and are encouraged to immediately report suspected violations of the State Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace, N.J.A.C. 4A:7-3.1. In order to facilitate a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation of alleged violation of rights, all complainants are strongly advised, but are not required, to file this form with the Office of Affirmative Action. For detailed information on the complaint process, see the Procedures for Processing Internal Complaints Alleging Discrimination in the Workplace on the district’s Affirmative Action Section of the Website.
Procedures for Processing Internal Complaints Alleging Discrimination in the Workplace
Complaint Reporting: Complaints of prohibited discrimination/harassment can be reported to the district’s Affirmative Action Officers (AA Officer: Dr. Michael B. Maschi, Assistant Superintendent) or to an individual’s supervisor or building administrator. If reporting a complaint to any of those persons presents a conflict of interest, the complaint may be filed directly to the Superintendent of Schools.
All employees and applicants for employment have the right and are encouraged to immediately report suspected violations of BOE Policy 1550.
Supervisory employees shall immediately report all alleged violations of the State Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace to the district’s Affirmative Action Officer Dr. Michael B. Maschi, (Assistant Superintendent). Such a report shall include both alleged violations reported to the supervisor, and those alleged violations directly observed by the supervisor.
Every effort should be made to report complaints promptly. Delays in reporting may not only hinder a proper investigation, but may also unnecessarily subject the victim to continued prohibited conduct.
In order to facilitate a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation, all complainants are strongly advised, but are not required, to submit a Discrimination Complaint Processing Form.
The Ocean County Vocational Technical School District shall maintain a written record of the discrimination/harassment complaint received. Written records shall be maintained as confidential records to the extent practicable and appropriate.
Please complete the Affirmative Action Complaint Form and submit to Dr. Michael B. Maschi, Assistant Superintendent of Schools (firstname.lastname@example.org), 137 Bey Lea Road, Toms River, NJ 08753.
During the initial intake of a complaint, the AA Officer will obtain information regarding the complaint and determine if interim corrective measures are necessary to prevent continued violations of the State’s Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace..
At the AA Officers’ discretion, (when necessary) a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation into the alleged harassment or discrimination will take place. All investigations of discrimination/harassment claims shall be conducted in a way that respects, to the extent possible, the privacy of all the persons involved.
Any person thought to have information relevant to the complaint shall be interviewed and such interviews shall be appropriately documented. Other acceptable methods for gathering information include but are not limited to visual inspection of relevant materials and follow-up interviews, as necessary.
An investigatory report will be prepared by the AA Officer(s). The report will include: (a) a summary of the complaint; (b) a summary of the parties positions; (c) a summary of the facts developed through the investigation and (d) an analysis of the allegations and the facts. The investigatory report will be submitted to the Superintendent of Schools.
The Superintendent of Schools will review the investigatory report issued by the AA Officer(s) and make a determination as to whether the allegation of a violation of the State’s Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace has been substantiated. If a violation has occurred, the Office of Affirmative Action, on behalf of the Superintendent of Schools, will determine the appropriate corrective measures necessary to immediately remedy the violation, including the imposition of discipline, if warranted.
The Office of Affirmative Action, on behalf of the Superintendent of Schools will issue a final letter of determination to the parties. The final letter of determination will set forth the results of the investigation and the right of appeal to the Civil Service Commission (CSC). To the extent possible, the privacy of all parties involved in the process shall be maintained in the final letter of determination. The Division of EEO/AA shall be furnished with a copy of the final letter of determination.
The investigation of a complaint shall be completed and a final letter of determination shall be issued no later than 120 days after the initial intake of the complaint is completed.
The time for completion of the investigation and issuance of the final letter of determination may be extended by the Superintendent of Schools for up to 60 additional days in cases involving exceptional circumstances. In the event of such extension, the Superintendent shall provide the Division of EEO/AA and all parties with written notice of any extension and shall include in the notice an explanation of the exceptional circumstances supporting the extension.
A complainant who is in the career or unclassified service, or who is an applicant for employment, who disagrees with the determination of the Office of Affirmative Action, may submit a written appeal, within twenty days of the receipt of the final letter of determination from the Office of Affirmative Action, to the Civil Service Commission, PO Box 312, Trenton, NJ 08625. The appeal shall be in writing and include all materials presented by the complainant at the University, the final letter of determination, the reason for the appeal and the specific relief requested. See N.J.A.C. 4A:2-1.1 et seq.
Any employee or applicant for employment can file a complaint directly with external agencies such as the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that investigate discrimination/harassment charges in addition to utilizing this internal procedure. Copies of complaints filed with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or in court also must be submitted to the Division of EEO/AA.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION GOALS
The Ocean County Vocational Technical School District will continue to maintain a harassment-free environment for all students by training administrators, teachers, and students in understanding policies and in implementing programs dealing with harassment based on race, religion, ethnicity, and gender.
The Ocean County Vocational Technical School District will continue to revise curriculum to ensure the elimination of discrimination, ensure multi-cultural content, and promote understanding and mutual respect among all students.
The Ocean County Vocational Technical School District will continue to provide equal and bias-free access for all students to all school facilities, courses, programs, activities, and services regardless of race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, religion, English proficiency, socio-economic status, or disability.
The Ocean County Vocational Technical School District will continue to; (a) provide equitable treatment, adequate and appropriate counseling services for all students including females, minority students, limited English-proficient students, non-college bound students, and students with disabilities; (b) ensure exposure to non-traditional career options and post-secondary opportunities for minority and female students.
The Ocean County Vocational Technical School District will continue to ensure gender equity in all physical education and athletic programs, and to continue to ensure equitable opportunities for all students to participate in athletics regardless of race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, English proficiency, socio-economic status, or disability.
The Ocean County Vocational Technical School District will continue to ensure equitable practices in employment at all levels of responsibility, and to avoid engaging in business with firms that discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, religion, English proficiency, socio-economic status, or disability.