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2260b AdmGuide_Complaint Procedures for Nondiscrimination

Introduction
 
Any person that believes that s/he has been discriminated against or denied equal opportunity or access to
programs or services may file a complaint, with one of the District’s Civil Rights Coordinators, or the
Superintendent.
 
Complaint Coordinators
 
                    Dan Chanen                            Therese Kwiatkowski
                    Director of Human Services       Director of Student Services
                    (414) 773-1040                         (414) 773-1080
                    12121 W. North Ave.                12121 W. North Ave.
 
Informal Procedures
 
The complainant shall orally discuss the complaint with the District's Civil Rights Coordinator, who shall in turn
investigate and answer the complaint. The complainant may also initiate the formal procedure as described below.
 
Formal Procedure
 
Step 1
 
A written statement of the complaint signed by the complainant shall be submitted to the District's Civil Rights
Coordinator within ten (10) business days of receipt of the answer to the informal complaint. The Coordinator shall
further investigate the complaint and reply in writing to the complainant within ten (10) business days.
 
Step 2
 
If the complainant wishes to appeal the decision of the Coordinator, s/he may submit a signed statement of appeal
to the Superintendent within five (5) business days after receipt of the Coordinator's response. The Superintendent
shall meet with all parties involved, formulate a conclusion, and respond in writing to the complainant within ten
(10) business days.
 
Step 3
 
If the complainant remains unsatisfied, s/he may file a written appeal with the Board of Education. The appeal must
be filed within five (5) business days of his/her receipt of the Superintendent's response in step two. The Board of
Education shall meet with the parties within twenty (20) business days of the receipt of the appeal. A copy of the
Board's disposition of the appeal shall be sent to each party within ten (10) business days of this meeting.
 
The District's Coordinator will provide a copy of the District's complaint procedure to any person who files a
complaint and will investigate all complaints in accordance with this procedure.
 
A copy of each of the Acts and the regulations on which this notice is based, may be found in the Civil Rights
Coordinator's office.
 
Student Complaint Procedure Under Section 118.13, Wisconsin Statutes
 
Consistent with the requirements of Section 118.13, Wisconsin Statutes, it is the policy of the District that no
person, on the basis of sex; race; color; religion; national origin; ancestry; creed; pregnancy; marital or parental
status; sexual orientation; or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability; or any other bases protected by
law, may be denied admission to school or be denied participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be discriminated
against in any curricular, extra-curricular, student services, recreational or other program or activity. Areas covered
by this policy include admission to any school, class, program, or activity; standards and rules of behavior,
including student harassment; disciplinary actions, including suspensions and expulsions; acceptance and
administration of gifts, bequests, scholarships and other aids, benefits or services to students from private
agencies, organizations or persons; instructional and library material selection; methods, practices, and materials
used for testing, evaluating and counseling students; facilities; opportunity for participation in athletic programs
or other extra-curricular activities; and school sponsored food service programs. Equitable access will be assured
for all students.
 
If any person believes that the District or any part of the school organization has failed to follow Section 118.13,
Wisconsin Statutes or in some way discriminated against students on the basis of sex, race, religion, national
origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional or
learning disability, s/he may file a written complaint with a District Civil Rights Coordinator, as indicated above, or
the Superintendent.
 
The procedure for resolution of complaints shall be as follows:
 
Step 1
 
A written statement of the complaint shall be prepared by the complainant on the form provided by the District and
signed. This complaint shall be presented to Coordinator. The Coordinator shall send written acknowledgement of
receipt of the complaint to the complainant within forty-five (45) days of receipt of the written complaint.
 
Step 2
 
A written determination of the complaint shall be made by the Board of Education within ninety (90) days of the
receipt of the written complaint unless the parties agree to an extension of time.
 
Step 3
 
If a complainant wishes to appeal a negative determination by the Board, s/he has the right to appeal the decision
to the State Superintendent within thirty (30) days of the Board’s decision. In addition, the complainant may appeal
directly to the State Superintendent if the Board has not provided written acknowledgement within forty-five (45)
days of the receipt of the complaint or made a determination within ninety (90) days of receipt of the written
complaint and the parties have not agreed to an extension of time.
 
Appeals should be address to: State Superintendent, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 125 South
Webster Street, P.O. Box 7841, Madison, Wisconsin 53707.
 
Office For Civil Rights
 
Discrimination complaints may also be filed with the Federal government at the Office for Civil Rights, U.S.
Department of Education, 111 North Canal Street, Suite 1053, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 886-8434. The complaint
must generally be filed within 180 days of the date the discrimination occurred. You do not have to file a complaint
with the District before filing a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights, and you may file complaints with both the
District and the Office for Civil Rights if you wish to do so.
 
Retaliation Prohibited
 
Retaliation for filing a complaint or participating in the investigation of a complaint is strictly prohibited.
 
False Information
 
Any individual who knowingly files a false complaint or knowingly provides false information concerning a complaint
shall be subject to disciplinary action.
 
Approved/Adopted:  July 13, 2009
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Shari Weinstock,
Jul 28, 2011, 1:21 PM