UNIFORM COMPLAINT PROCEDURES
The Governing Board recognizes that the District has the primarily responsibility to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations governing educational programs. The District shall investigate and seek to resolve any complaints alleging failure to comply with such laws and/or alleging unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying in accordance with the uniform complaint procedures.
The District shall use the uniform complaint procedures to resolve any complaints alleging unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying in District programs and activities based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information, or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal Code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
Uniform complaint procedures shall also be used to address any complaints alleging the District’s failure to comply with the prohibition against requiring students to pay fees, deposits, or other charges for participation in educational activities, the requirements for the development and adoption of a school safety plan, and state and/or federal laws in adult education programs, consolidated categorical aid programs, migrant education, career technical and technical education and training programs, child care and development programs, child nutrition programs, and special education programs.
The Board prohibits any form of retaliation against any complainant in the complaint process. Participation in the complaint process shall not in any way affect the status, grades, or work assignments of the complainant.
The Board encourages the early, informal resolution of complaints at the site level whenever possible.
The Board recognizes that a neutral mediator can often suggest a compromise that is agreeable to all parties in a dispute. In accordance with uniform complaint procedures, whenever all parties to a complaint agree to try resolving their problem through mediation, the Superintendent or designee shall initiate that process. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the results are consistent with state and federal laws and regulations.
In investigating complaints, the confidentiality of the parties involved and the integrity of the process shall be protected. As appropriate for any complaint alleging discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, the Superintendent or designee may keep the identity of a complainant confidential to the extent that the investigation of the complaint is not obstructed.
The district’s Williams uniform complaint procedures, AR 1312.4, shall be used to investigate and resolve any complaint related to the following:
- Sufficiency of textbooks or instructional materials
- Emergency or urgent facilities conditions that pose a threat to the health or safety of students or staff
- Teacher vacancies and misassignments
- Deficiency in the district’s provision of instruction and/or services to any student who, by the completion of grade 12, has not passed one or both parts of the high school exit examination
200-262.4 Prohibition of discrimination
8200-8498 Child care and development programs
8500-8538 Adult basic education
18100-18203 School libraries
32289 School safety plan, uniform complaint procedure
35186 Williams uniform complaint procedure
37254 Supplemental instruction based on failure to pass exit exam by end of grade 12
41500-41513 Categorical education block grants
48985 Notices in language other than English
49010-49013 Student Fees
49060-49079 Student records
49490-49590 Child nutrition programs
52160-52178 Bilingual education programs
52300-52490 Career-technical education
52500-52616.24 Adult schools
52800-52870 School-based program coordination
54000-54028 Economic impact aid programs
54100-54145 Miller-Unruh Basic Reading Act
54400-54425 Compensatory education programs
54440-54445 Migrant education
54460-54529 Compensatory education programs
56000-56867 Special education programs
59000-59300 Special schools and centers
64000-64001 Consolidated application process
11135 Nondiscrimination in programs or activities funded by state
12900-12996 Fair Employment and Housing Act
422.55 Hate crime; definition
422.6 Interference with constitutional right or privilege
Code of Regulations, Title 5
3080 Application of section
4600-4687 Uniform complaint procedures
4900-4965 Nondiscrimination in elementary and secondary education programs
United States Code, Title 20
6301-6577 Title I basic programs
6601-6777 Title II preparing and recruiting high quality teachers and principals
6801-6871 Title III language instruction for limited English proficient and immigrant students
7101-7184 Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act
7201-7283g Title V promoting informed parental choice and innovative programs
7301-7372 Title V rural and low-income school programs
First Reading: 4/17/13
Governing Board Adoption: 5/8/13