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6 | February 16, 2017 | The tinley junction news tinleyjunction.com Walt’s Certificate 3 DAYS ONLY! FRI. FEB. 17th FOOD CENTERS Coupon Good Friday Feb. 17th thru Sunday Feb. 19th, 2017 SAT. FEB. 18th $5 SUN. FEB. 19th 00 $ 5 00 a purchase of $ 50 00 or more. Valid at Time of Purchase Only. One Coupon Per Customer Per Visit. Not Valid with Any Other Offer. Right On Your Computer OFF Swimsuit cost at center of Lincoln- Way discrimination complaint Kirsten Onsgard Contributing Editor A federal complaint alleges that Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 treated female students unequally by charging them more for swimsuits. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights notified the district in a Jan. 23 letter that it is investigating whether “charging [female students] more than male students for required physical education swimsuits” violated Title IX regulations, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. The complaint also alleges that Lincoln-Way does not properly communicate nondiscrimination policies or how to contact the district’s Title IX coordinator. “The District does not widely disseminate a Notice of Nondiscrimination that meets the requirements of Title IX, including referring inquiries to the Title IX coordinator or to OCR, and notifying all of its students and employees of the contact information for the District’s ‘Title IX Coordinator,’” according to the complaint. Schools, colleges and universities that receive federal funding must comply with Title IX and similar policies — such as those prohibiting discrimination based on race, age, national origin and disability — and must notify students of these policies. The district requires all freshmen to take swimming for one quarter. While they are not required to purchase the swimsuits the district offers, boys suits are sold for $25 and girls suits for $40, lower than the retail prices of $38 and $65, respectively, according to Superintendent R. Scott Tingley. The price of girls swimsuits is higher because they cost the district more to purchase, he said. “The selling of swimsuits is not designed to generate profit for the district,” Tingley said in a statement through a district spokeswoman. In response to the second complaint, Tingley pointed to Title IX information published in the district’s parent-student handbook, policy manual and website. A search of the district’s website found at least a dozen nondiscrimination notices, including board meeting packets, employee applications and the 2016-2017 handbook. The issue was initially brought to Title IX Coordinator Rob Schiffbauer on Sept. 10, 2016, Tingley said. The person “was agreeable to our response,” Tingley said, but filed a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights. District spokeswoman Taryn Atwell said Tingley had “no recollection” of other Title IX complaints brought against the district, and could not find any record of a complaint. An attorney and representatives from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights did not immediately return a request for comment. If the Office for Civil Rights finds the district discriminated against female students, it will attempt to find a resolution with the district to remedy the violation. Lincoln-Way was required to explain why it charges more for girls swimsuits and how it communicates nondiscrimination protocol in a response to the Office for Civil Rights. 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