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Title IX Complaints
The Brookings-Harbor School District 17C is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational environment. Brookings-Harbor School District 17C does not permit discrimination or harassment in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law.
What is Title IX?
Title IX is a federal law that was passed in 1972 to ensure that male and female students and employees in educational settings are treated equally and fairly. It protects against discrimination based on gender. It is one of several federal and state anti-discrimination laws that define and ensure equality in education. The regulations implementing Title IX, published in 1975, prohibit discrimination, exclusion, denial, limitation, or separation based on gender. Title IX states:
"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
Anyone wishing to make a formal complaint regarding discrimination or sexual harassment may contact the District Title IX Coordinator:
Report A General Complaint
Report a General Complaint to the District:
No staff member, student, parent or guardian of a student attending school in the district or person that resides in the district will be denied the right to petition the district with a complaint. A complainant will be referred through the proper administrative process for resolution of a complaint before investigation or action by the Board. An exception will be a complaint against the superintendent or one that involves Board actions or Board operations. Read more.
- Step One: Any member of the public who wishes to express a concern should discuss the matter with the school employee involved. The employee shall respond within five working days.
- The Supervisor: Step Two If the individual is unable to resolve a problem or concern with the employee, the individual may file a written, signed complaint with the supervisor. The supervisor shall evaluate the complaint and render a decision within five working days after receiving the complaint.
- The Superintendent: Step Three If Step 2 does not resolve the complaint, within 10 working days of the meeting with the supervisor, the complainant, if he/she wishes to pursue the action, shall file a signed, written complaint with the superintendent or designee clearly stating the nature of the complaint and a suggested remedy. (A form is available, but is not required.) The superintendent or designee shall investigate the complaint, confer with the complainant and the parties involved and prepare a report of his/her findings and conclusion and provide the report in writing or in an electronic form to the complainant within 10 working days after receiving the written complaint.
- The Board: Step Four If the complainant is dissatisfied with the superintendent’s or designee’s findings and conclusion, the complainant may appeal the decision to the Board within five working days of receiving the superintendent’s decision. The Board may hold a hearing to review the findings and conclusion of the superintendent, to hear the complaint and to hear and evaluate any other evidence as it deems appropriate. All parties involved, including the school administration, may be asked to attend such hearing for the purposes of making further explanations and clarifying the issues. Read more.
Appeal to the Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction:
For complaints that allege a violation of Oregon Division 22 Standards, restraint and seclusion or retaliation as defined in Oregon Revised State (ORS) 659.852, the complainant may have appeal rights for a complaint with the Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction. Read more.
Report Hazing, Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying, Menacing, Cyberbullying, Teen Dating Violence or Domestic Violence:
Report an Incident of Sexual Harassment: