The proper channeling of complaints is as follows:
5. Oregon Department of Education
6. Federal Title IX
Step 1 Present to the principal or superintendent. Information may be presented anonymously. All such information will be reduced to writing and will include the specific nature of the offense and corresponding dates.
Step 2 The principal or superintendent receiving the complaint shall appoint an investigator(s) to investigate promptly. Parents will be notified of the nature of any complaint involving their student. The district official will arrange such meetings as may be necessary with all concerned parties within five working days after receipt of the information or complaint. The parties will have an opportunity to submit evidence and a list of witnesses. All findings related to the complaint will be reduced to writing. The district official(s) conducting the investigation shall notify the complainant and parents as appropriate, in writing, when the investigation is concluded and a decision regarding disciplinary action, as warranted, is determined.
A copy of the notification letter or the date and details of notification to the complainant, together with any other documentation related to the incident, including disciplinary action taken or recommended, shall be forwarded to the superintendent.
Step 3 If the complainant is not satisfied with the decision at Step 2, he/she may submit a written appeal to the superintendent or designee. Such appeal must be filed within 10 working days after receipt of the Step 2 decision. The superintendent or designee will arrange such meetings with the complainant and other affected parties as deemed necessary to discuss the appeal. The superintendent or designee shall provide a written decision to the complainants appeal within 10 working days.
Step 4 If the complainant is not satisfied with the decision at Step 3, a written appeal may be filed with the Board. Such appeal must be filed within 10 working days after receipt of the Step 3 decision. The Board shall, within 20 working days, conduct a hearing at which time the complainant shall be given an opportunity to present the appeal. The Board shall provide a written decision to the complainant within 10 working days following completion of the hearing.
Step 5 If the complaint is not satisfactorily settled at the Board level, the student may appeal to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Office of Learning, Education Equity Unit, Oregon Department of Education, 255 Capital Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97310, 53/947-5675 or the Regional Civil Rights Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region X, 915 2nd Ave., Room 3 310, Seattle, W A 9817 4-1099. Additional information regarding filing of a complaint may be obtained through the principal, Title IX coordinator or superintendent.
Direct complaints related to educational programs and services may be made to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.
Source for applicable complaint policy.
JFCF current 4/15/15 - Hazing/Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying/Menacing/Cyberbullying/ Teen Dating Violence Student ** http://policy.osba.org/brookings/J/JFCF%20D1.PDF
JFCF-AR current 4/15/15 -
Dating Violence Complaint Procedures Student