Statement of Non-Discrimination

Dutchess BOCES offers employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding this non-discrimination policy may be directed to the following individuals. These officials will provide information, including complaint procedures to any citizen, student or employee who feels that his or her rights may have been violated by the BOCES or its officials.

Student inquiries regarding discrimination on the bases listed above may be made to Norah Merritt, and employee inquiries may be made to Jodi Delucia. Inquiries may also be made to the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005, (646) 428-3800, ocr.newyork@ed.gov.

Title IX Coordinator
Jodi Delucia, Deputy Superintendent
Dutchess BOCES
5 BOCES Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
845.486.4800 x2250


Section 504 & DASA Coordinator
  Norah Merritt, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
Dutchess BOCES
5 BOCES Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
845.486.4800 x2278


Click HERE for the Civil Rights Complaint Form



The Dignity Act (Education Law §11[7]) defines harassment as the creation of a hostile environment by conduct or by verbal threats, intimidation or abuse that has or would have the effect of unreasonably or substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or mental, emotional or physical well-being.

Dignity for All Students Act Coordinators

Melissa Murphy
845.486.8004 x5407

Keisha Tillman
845.486.4840 x3407

Nicholas Millas
845.486.8001 x4555

Equal Opportunity Employer
Dutchess BOCES does not discriminate based on age, race, sex, creed, color, national origin, marital status or disability

Click HERE for the DASA Form 

Who To Contact [PDF format]