SBA Non-Discrimination Compliance Policy

Stratford Friends School (the “School”) has received a loan pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program administered by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”).  This policy is intended to demonstrate good faith compliance with the regulations issued by the SBA and by other governmental agencies enforcing the laws that attach to the School due to the School’s receipt of federal financial assistance through the SBA loan.   This policy shall remain in place from the time the School receives the SBA funding until the loan is paid or forgiven.

School Compliance Officer

The School identifies the following individuals to act as its Compliance Officers under this policy:

Title IX and Section 504 Compliance Officers:

Yvonne Wagner: 610-355-9580   email: YWagner@stratfordfriends.org
Heather Dooley-Henry: 610-355-9580 email: HDooley-Henry@stratfordfriends.org

The Compliance Officers shall be responsible for coordinating the School’s effort to meet its responsibilities under this policy. The Compliance Officers will receive and investigate any complaints filed under this policy and make recommendations to the Head of School for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints.  The School will provide its Compliance Officers and staff appropriate training on this policy and their obligations hereunder.

Non-discrimination, Anti-harassment, Non-retaliation

The School acknowledges its obligations to prohibit discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability/handicap, or religion in admission to its educational programs, activities, and services, and in employment opportunities.  Retaliation against an individual for filing a complaint under this policy or participating in the informal or formal resolution is prohibited.

Academic and Non-Academic Services for Persons with Disabilities

The School remains committed to excellence in educational programming and acknowledges its obligation to ensure that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. This includes both academic and non-academic services, such as counseling, extracurricular services, athletics, transportation, health services, recreational activities, clubs, and other activities.

The School will also assess its ability to make reasonable accommodations to disabled individuals to permit such persons to participate in and enjoy the benefits of the School’s programs and activities so long as doing so does not fundamentally alter the nature of the School’s program.  Individuals who seek an accommodation should contact Yvonne Wagner or Heather Dooley-Henry (Compliance Officers for 504).

Employment Obligations for Applicants and Employees with Disabilities

The School acknowledges its obligation under the SBA regulations and laws applicable to recipients of federal financial assistance to prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant based upon his/her disability.  This obligation extends to all aspects of employment, including the hiring and employment processes.

The School will also assess its ability to make reasonable accommodations to disabled individuals so long as doing so does not create an undue hardship.  Individuals who seek an accommodation should contact Yvonne Wagner or Heather Dooley-Henry (Compliance Officers for Section 504).

Facilities Access

The School acknowledges its obligation under the SBA regulations to operate its programs and activities in existing facilities so they are readily accessible to qualified individuals with disabilities. The location in facilities (or movement of classes, meetings, etc. to other facilities) will be scheduled in a manner that will not knowingly deny a student, employee, parent, or visitor with a disability the opportunity to participate on the same basis as such persons without disabilities. Accommodations may be provided to allow access to educational programming or meetings.

Complaint Procedure

Who may make a complaint?

A person (student, parent, employee, or applicant) may use this complaint procedure to report a concern or allegation that s/he is being denied an equal opportunity to access the School’s education programs, activities or services, including employment opportunities.

Who can a complaint be made to?

A complaint may be reported to the Compliance Officer, an Administrator, or to a staff member. Any complaint received by an Administrator or staff member shall be promptly reported to a Compliance Officer for handling.

How do you file a complaint?

A complaint may be made verbally or in writing. The School has an SBA Complaint Form available for those who choose to use it.

A complaint may also be filed with the SBA directly by sending a letter to the Administrator, Small Business Administration (SBA), Washington, D.C. 20416.

Or you can file a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR). OCR’s electronic complaint form is at the following website:

https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html