How to File a Discrimination, Bullying or Harassment Complaint
The district believes discrimination, harassment, and bullying issues may be resolved at the school site. As such, students, parents/guardians may report any act of discrimination, harassment, or bullying by a student, staff member or third party to the site principal. The responsible school official will conduct a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into the complaint. A student or parent/guardian is not required to attempt resolution through the school site before contacting the District Title IX Coordinator.
When sexual harassment is reported, interim steps will be taken to stop harassment and protect the victim from further harassment pending outcome of the complaint.
At any time during the complaint process students or parent/guardian may contact the Title IX Coordinator to file a complaint directly with the district. A student or parent is not required to attempt resolution through the school site before contacting the District Title IX Coordinator.
A complaint must ordinarily be filed within 180 days of the last act of discrimination. If your complaint involves matters that occurred longer ago than this and you are requesting a waiver, you will be asked to show good cause why you did not file your complaint within the 180-day period.
Filing a Uniform Complaint
At any time during the site resolution process, students or parent/guardians may file a Uniform Complaint Form, which can be obtained from the Moreland School District Office.
Investigation of a Uniform Complaint
The Moreland School District will immediately undertake an effective, thorough, and objective investigation of the allegations and provide a written report within 60 days of when the complaint was filed. The report will include a summary of the facts, a decision on the complaint, reason for the decision and corrective actions that have or will be taken, including remedies for the victim. The complainant has the right to present witnesses and evidence.
If the district determines that its policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, or bullying have been violated, disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion or dismissal will be taken. Remedies will also be provided to the victim and remedial action(s) will be required of the school site.
Remedial actions will be taken that are designed to end the harassment, prevent its recurrence and address its effects on the harassed student.
Follow-up with the student will occur to ensure the harassment has stopped and that there is no retaliation.
The district prohibits retaliation against any participant in the complaint process including witnesses. A separate Uniform Complaint may be filed if retaliation occurs against any individual involved in the processing of discrimination, harassment, or bullying complaint. Each complaint shall be investigated promptly and in a way that respects the privacy of all parties concerned.
A student who has a complaint of discrimination or sexual harassment may contact the principal for immediate resolution at the school site. A student or parent/guardian is, however, not required to attempt resolution through the school site, and may first bring the complaint to the District Title IX Coordinator.