Educational Equity, Non-discrimination, Affirmative Action, Bullying & Harassment

Heartland AEA has policies and procedures in place to protect children and families, as well as staff and prospective employees from abuse, discrimination, bullying and harassment.

Affirmative Action Plan

This plan outlines current data and compares the data to external indicators, which are then used to set both qualitative and quantitative goals. The document is organized according to the key affirmative action/equal employment opportunity requirements found in Iowa Code.

Affirmative Action Plan

Board Policies

Board Policy 101 – Educational Equity

Board Policy 102 – Bullying & Harassment

Board Policy 103 – Non-discrimination & Affirmative Action

Non-discrimination Statement

It is the policy of Heartland AEA not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetics, pregnancy, disability, military or veteran status, parental, family or marital status. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. 

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities in federally funded schools at all levels. If any part of a school district or college receives any Federal funds for any purpose, all of the operations of the district or college are covered by Title IX.

Title IX protects students, employees, applicants for admission and employment and other persons from all forms of sex discrimination, including discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity. All students (as well as other persons) at recipient institutions are protected by Title IX—regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, part- or full-time status, disability, race or national origin—in all aspects of a recipient’s educational programs and activities.

To file a Title IX complaint, fill out the general complaint form button below and indicate that the complaint is a Title IX complaint. You may also contact the Title IX Complaint Coordinator, Juliette Houseman, Human Resources & Benefits Manager, with any questions.

Title IX Resources



Investigator Training

K-12 Decision Makers

K-12 Supportive Measures & Informal Resolution

Training Module for K-12 Staff

Complaint Process

Heartland AEA will respond promptly to allegations of abuse, discrimination, bullying and harassment of students, their families, staff and prospective employees by investigating or arranging for the investigation of an allegation. The processing of a complaint or allegation will be handled confidentially to the maximum extent possible.


If you would like to file a complaint, complete the form below.

General Complaint Form


If you have questions or a complaint related to this policy, contact the Chief Human Resources Officer, 6500 Corporate Dr., Johnston, IA 50131-1603; the Director, Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; or Director, Office for Civil Rights, Kansas City, MO 64106.