Grievance Procedures

Title IX requires school districts to have a published grievance procedure. This should be in your student/parent handbook as well as your employee handbook. It should have clear, step by step guidance on what students, parents and employees should do and who they contact if they have a complaint. There should be time frames for each step. It must be clear that there is an appeal process. Please see his document for advice and examples –  Protecting Students from Harassment and Hate Crime – A Guide for Schools is a comprehensive free manual published by US Department of Education – OCR and the National Association of Attorneys General, endorsed by the National School Boards Association http://www.ed.gov/offices/OCR/archives/Harassment/harassment.pdf. OCR does not take this lightly if schools do not have a published procedure and/or they do not follow it.

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