The Equal Status Acts (2000-2015) places certain requirements on schools and educational institutions in relation to how they deliver their services.
The Equal Status Acts specify four areas in which an education institution must not discriminate:
- the admission of a student, including the terms or conditions of the admission of a student,
- the access of a student to a course, facility or benefit provided by the school,
- any other term or condition of participation in the school and
- the expulsion of a student or any other sanction.
The Acts require that schools and educational institutions do not discriminate across the nine grounds (although there are exemptions in relation to gender and religion).
They must reasonably accommodate students with disabilities. Harassment and sexual harassment is prohibited in education institutions.
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