NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS

New Leaders is committed to a policy of non-discrimination. New Leaders admits program participants of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, handicap, marital or familial status, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to program participants at New Leaders. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, handicap, marital or familial status, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic in administration and operation of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other New Leaders-administered programs, including employment or treatment therein or admission or access thereto. Individuals having inquiries concerning New Leaders’ compliance with applicable law and/or regulations relating to this policy or who wish to file a complaint regarding such compliance should contact New Leaders’ General Counsel, who has been designated by New Leaders as the Title IX Coordinator to coordinate its efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under all nondiscrimination laws and regulations, including but not limited to Title IX and its implementing regulations: Laura Kadetsky, General Counsel, lkadetsky@newleaders.org, 202.315.2037, or 1003 K Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20001.

Disability Accommodations in Application Process

New Leaders is committed to providing equal access and opportunities to candidates with legally recognizable disabilities or handicaps and prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability or handicap in the application process, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, implementing federal regulations, and similar state laws. We will provide reasonable accommodations for our differently-abled candidates in the application process. Applicants may inform us of any disability for which they may need a reasonable accommodation, so that we may provide such accommodation. If you have any questions regarding our disability accommodations policy, please contact our Admissions Department at admissions@newleaders.org or Laura Kadetsky, General Counsel, at lkadetsky@newleaders.org, 202.315.2037, or 1003 K Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20001.

Falsifying Information

All information submitted as part of the New Leaders application process must be the applicant’s own work, be complete and accurate, and not misrepresent the candidate. Certifications and acknowledgments to this effect are required of every candidate as part of the application process. New Leaders reserves the right to deny admission to or dismiss from its programs any individual who violates the provisions of this policy.

All elements of an application to New Leaders’ programs are or will be written by the applicant and in their own words, except for quotations from published and unpublished sources which are clearly noted and acknowledged as such. Applicants may not copy, in part or whole, or otherwise plagiarize the work of other persons. New Leaders reserves the right to reject any application or revoke admission if, at any time, it obtains evidence of copying, collaboration, fabrication, or writing that is not the applicant’s, or if it comes to the organization’s attention that the applicant has received significant assistance from a third party in preparing their responses to the questions, or if similar actions are discovered.

Confidentiality

In order to ensure a fair admissions process, New Leaders requires all applicants to treat its application process as confidential. This means that applicants must not disclose to or share with others any information or material provided by New Leaders as part of the application process that is not otherwise publicly available. New Leaders reserves the right to deny admission to or dismiss from its programs any individual who violates the provisions of this paragraph.

Feedback

Due to the large number of applicants and the high volume of requests, we are unable to provide feedback to individual candidates who are denied admission.

Criminal Records and Background Checks

Applicants and participants are expected to submit to any and all background checks required by their school districts, charter management organizations, charter schools, or other employees; by New Leaders; or by any relevant agencies, including but not limited to state accrediting agencies. New Leaders is not responsible for finding alternative employment for any applicant or participant who cannot be hired by a prospective employer or whose employment is terminated by a current employer as a result of a background check or due to his or her criminal records or involvement in criminal proceedings.

New Leaders reserves the right to deny admission to or dismiss any applicant or participant who has been involved in a criminal proceeding other than one involving a minor traffic violation, regardless of the outcome, in accordance with applicable law. This policy includes criminal matters that were handled by a juvenile court and final determinations that are under seal or otherwise expunged from the public record. In addition, New Leaders reserves the right to inform prospective or current employers or state accrediting agencies of applicants’ or participants’ criminal convictions or involvement in ongoing criminal proceedings. If, through a background check, New Leaders becomes aware of a criminal charge against an applicant or participant, other than a minor traffic violation, that was not disclosed by the applicant or participant when such disclosure was requested, this may be treated as falsification or misrepresentation and be cause for denial of admission to or dismissal from New Leaders’ programs. New Leaders will not be liable to any applicant or participant as a result of any action taken by New Leaders consistent with this paragraph.

If a background check conducted or reviewed by New Leaders yields a result that would preclude an applicant or participant from admission to or continuation in New Leaders programs, New Leaders will take such steps as are required by law before that individual is denied admission to or dismissed from New Leaders programs.