2.260 - Uniform Grievance Procedure

Uniform Grievance Procedure
The Board desires that complaints brought by students, parents/guardians, employees, or community members be resolved through a fair and equitable process. To promote the effective processing of grievances, therefore, the procedure outlined below should be followed when authorized by Board Policy or when a complaint involves any of the following:
  1. Disability discrimination under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973;
  2. Sexual harassment or sex discrimination under the Illinois Human Rights Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, or Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
  3. *Race discrimination or discrimination on the basis of other protected status under Title VI or Title VII of the Civil Rights Act;
  4. The misuse of funds received for services to improve educational opportunities for educationally disadvantaged or deprived children.
Appointing Nondiscrimination Coordinator and Complaint Managers
The Superintendent shall appoint a Nondiscrimination Coordinator to manage the District’s efforts to provide equal opportunity employment and educational opportunities and prohibit the harassment of employees, students, and others. The Nondiscrimination Coordinator also serves as the District’s Title IX Coordinator.
The Superintendent shall appoint at least one Complaint Manager to administer the complaint process in this policy. If possible, the Superintendent will appoint two Complaint Managers, one of each gender. The District’s Nondiscrimination Coordinator may be appointed as one of the Complaint Managers.
The Superintendent shall insert into this policy and keep current the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the Nondiscrimination Coordinator and the Complaint Managers.
Nondiscrimination Coordinator:
Dr. Julia Wheaton
Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
Consolidated High School District 230
15100 S. 94th Avenue
Orland Park, Illinois 60462
Complaint Managers:
Dr. Kim Dryier
Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services
Consolidated High School District 230
15100 S. 94th Avenue
Orland Park, Illinois 60462
Mr. John Lavelle
Assistant Superintendent for
Business Services
Consolidated High School District 230
15100 S. 94th Avenue
Orland Park, Illinois 60462

1. Informal Resolution.

The Complaint Manager will first attempt to resolve complaints without resorting to this grievance procedure. If a formal complaint is filed under this policy, the Complaint Manager will address the complaint promptly and equitably. A student and/or parent/guardian filing a complaint under this policy may forego any informal suggestions and/or attempts to resolve it and may proceed directly to the grievance procedure. The Complaint Manager will not require a student or parent/guardian complaining of any form of harassment to attempt to resolve allegations directly with the accused (or the accused’s parents/guardians); this includes mediation.

2. Right to Pursue Other Remedies Not Impaired

The right of a person to prompt and equitable resolution of a complaint filed hereunder shall not be impaired by the person’s pursuit of other remedies, e.g., criminal complaints, civil actions, etc. Use of this grievance procedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies and use of this grievance procedure does not extend any filing deadline related to the pursuit of other remedies. If a person is pursuing another remedy subject to a complaint under this policy, the District will continue with a simultaneous investigation under this policy.

3. Filing a Formal Complaint

A person (hereinafter Complainant) who wishes to avail him or herself of this grievance procedure may do so by filing a formal complaint with any District Complaint Manager after attempts at an informal resolution have not been successful. The Complainant shall not be required to file a complaint with a particular Complaint Manager and may request a Complaint Manager of the same gender. The Complaint Manager may request the Complainant to provide a written statement regarding the nature of the complaint or require a meeting with a student’s parent(s)/guardians(s). The Complaint Manger shall assist the Complainant as needed.

4. Deadlines

All deadlines under this policy may be extended by the Complaint Manager as he or she deems appropriate. As used in this policy, school business days means days on which the District’s main office is open.

5. Investigation

The Complaint Manager will investigate the complaint or appoint a qualified person to undertake the investigation on his/her behalf. The Complaint Manager shall ensure both parties have an equal opportunity to present evidence during an investigation. If the Complainant is a student, the Complaint Manager will notify his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) that they may attend any investigatory meetings in which their child is involved. The complaint and identity of the Complainant will not be disclosed except: (1) as required by law, or any collective bargaining agreement, (2) as necessary to fully investigate the complaint, or (3) as authorized by the Complainant, or by the Complainant’s parent(s)/guardian(s) if the Complainant is under the age of eighteen (18) years.

The identity of any witness may remain confidential at the discretion of the Complaint Manager unless required to be disclosed by law or any collective bargaining agreement. The identity of any student witnesses will not be disclosed except: (1) as required by law or any collective bargaining agreement, (2) as necessary to fully investigate the complaint, or (3) as authorized by the parent/guardian of the student witness, or by the student if the student is eighteen (18) years of age or older.

Within 30 school business days of the date the complaint was filed, the Complaint Manager shall file a written report of his/her findings with the Superintendent. The Complaint Manager may request an extension of time. If a complaint of sexual harassment contains allegations involving the Superintendent, the written report shall be filed with the Board, which will make a decision in accordance with Section 4 of this policy. The Superintendent will keep the Board informed of all complaints.

6. Decision and Appeal

Within five school business days after receiving the Complaint Manager’s report, the Superintendent shall mail his or her written decision to the Complainant and the accused by First Class U.S. mail, as well as the Complaint Manager. All decisions shall be based upon the preponderance of evidence standard.

Within 10 school business days after receiving the Superintendent’s decision, the Complainant or the accused may appeal the decision to the Board by making a written request to the Complaint Manager. The Complaint Manager shall promptly forward all materials relative to the complaint and appeal to the Board. Within 30 school business days, the Board shall affirm, reverse, or amend the Superintendent’s decision or direct the Superintendent to gather additional information. Within five school business days of the Board’s decision, the Superintendent shall inform the Complainant and the accused of the Board’s action.

Individuals alleging that they have been discriminated against on the basis of their sex in the provision of or access to programs, activities, services, or benefits have the right to appeal the Board’s decision to the Regional Superintendent and, thereafter, to the State Superintendent of Education. The Regional Superintendent retains discretion whether to hear such an appeal.

This policy shall not be construed to create an independent right to a Board hearing. The failure to strictly follow the timelines in this grievance procedure shall not prejudice any party.
LEGAL REF: Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. §621 et. seq.
Americans With Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §12101 et. seq.
Equal Employment Opportunities Act (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act), 42 U.S.C. §2000e et. seq.
Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. §206(d).
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, 42 U.S.C. §2000ff et. seq.
Immigration Reform and Control Act, 8 U.S.C. §1324a et. seq.
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. §791 et. seq.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. §2000d et.
seq. Title IX of the Education Amendments, 20 U.S.C. §1681 et. seq.105 ILCS 5/2-3.8, 5/3-10, 5/10-20.7a, 5/10-22.5, 5/22-19, 5/24-5/27.1, and 45/1-15.
Illinois Genetic Information Privacy Act, 410 ILCS 513/1 et. seq.
Illinois Whistleblower Act, 740 ILCS 174/1 et. seq.
Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/1-101 et. seq.
Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act, 820 ILCS 180, 56 Ill.Admin.Code Part 280.
Equal Pay Act of 2003, 820 ILCS 112.
23 Ill.Admin.Code §§1.240 and 200-40.
CROSS REF: 5:10 (Equal Employment Opportunity and Minority Recruitment),
5:20 (Sexual Harassment),
6:170 (Title I Programs),
7:10 (Equal Educational Opportunities),
7:20 (Harassment of Students Prohibited),
7:180 (Preventing Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment),
8:70 (Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities),
8:110 (Public Suggestions and Complaints)
ADOPTED: October 1, 1999
REVISED: December 18, 2000; August 19, 2002; January 29, 2004; August 26,
2008; December 17, 2009; July 1, 2011; October 29, 2015;
September 2017
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