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503.03 Student Civil Rights Grievance Procedure

503.03            

STUDENT CIVIL RIGHTS GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

Students and/or parents of students of the Muscatine Community School shall have the right to file a formal complaint alleging non-compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations. This includes, but is not limited to disagreements on actions related to Section 504 regarding the identification, evaluation or educational placement of a student.

LEVEL ONE — Teacher, Counselor, Principal or District Personnel Officer

A student or parent with a complaint of discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, gender identity, parental status, language, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, veteran status or disability may discuss it with the teacher, counselor, appropriate building administrator, or the District personnel officer.

LEVEL TWO — Compliance Officer

If the grievance is not resolved at level one and the grievant wishes to pursue the grievance, (s)he may formalize it by filing a complaint in writing on a Compliance Violation Form, which may be obtained from the Compliance Officer.  The complaint shall state the nature of the grievance and the remedy requested.  The filing of the formal, written complaints at level two must be within fifteen (15) working days from date of the event giving rise to the grievance or from the date the grievant could reasonably become aware of such occurrence.  The grievant may request that a meeting concerning the complaint be held with the Compliance Officer.  A minor student may be accompanied at that meeting by a parent or guardian.  The Compliance Officer shall investigate the complaint and attempt to resolve it.  A written report from the Compliance Officer regarding action taken will be sent within fifteen (15) working days after receipt of the complaint.  Copies will be sent to the parents, or to the student if said student is 18, in compliance with the student records laws.

LEVEL THREE — Superintendent

If the complaint is not resolved at level two, the grievant may process it to level three by presenting a written appeal to the superintendent within ten (10) working days after the grievant receives the report from the Compliance Officer.  The grievant may request a meeting with the superintendent or designee.  The superintendent or designee has the option of meeting with the grievant to discuss the appeal.  A written decision will be rendered by the superintendent or designee within ten (10) working days after receipt of the written appeal.  Copies will be sent to the parents or student, as noted above.

LEVEL FOUR — Third Party

If the complaint is not resolved at the third level, the grievant may process it with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, the Federal Office of Civil Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the Iowa Department of Education, or seek private counsel.

The Board of Directors shall:

  1. Annually identify the District Civil Rights Compliance Officer at an open public meeting.
  2. Annually publish the name and telephone number of the Compliance Officer to all students:
    1. In the student handbook
    2. In a local newspaper of general circulation, and
    3. In all buildings by prominent posting

Approved: 04/22/91     Reviewed: 03/10/14     Revised: 02/09/09

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