Title IX Grievance Policy - English
What is bullying?
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Behavior is considered bullying if it materially and substantially disrupts the educational environment and/or infringes on the rights of another student(s) at school.
What is sexual harassment by another student?
Sexual harassment of a student by another student includes unwanted and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, whether by word, gesture, or any other sexual conduct, including requests for sexual favors.
What is sexual discrimination against students?
Discrimination against an individual because of gender, gender identity, and/or sexual orientation.
What is sexual abuse by another student?
Sexual abuse is defined as "illegal sex acts performed against a minor…" It may include, but is not limited to fondling, sexual assault, or sexual intercourse. Sexual abuse is a form of child abuse that must be reported to appropriate law enforcement authorities.
Will I be informed if my child has been bullied, sexually harassed or sexually abused at school?
The District will notify parents of all students involved in bullying/harassment by students. Notification may be by telephone or personal conference.
What will the District do when it learns of bullying, sexual harassment or sexual abuse of a student? When a principal or other school administrator receives a report that a student is being bullied, sexually harassed or abused, he or she will initiate an investigation and take prompt action to intervene.
What do I do if I am concerned that my child has been bullied, sexually harassed or sexually abused at school?
A student or parent who has a complaint alleging bullying, sexual harassment/abuse by other student(s) may request a conference with the principal, the principal's designee, or the District's Title IX coordinator. The conference will be scheduled and held as soon as possible but within seven calendar days. The principal or Title IX coordinator will coordinate an investigation. Oral complaints should also be documented in writing to assist in the District's investigation.
A complaint may also be filed separately with the Office of Civil Rights: Regional Director Office of Civil Rights, Region VI
1999 Bryan Street, Suite 1620, Dallas, TX 75201
Telephone: (214) 661-9600 Fax: (214) 661-9587 TDD: (800)877-8339
Who is the Title IX coordinator and how do I contact that person?
The Title IX coordinator for the District is:
Name: Rich Laffey
Position: Director of Student Support
Address: 2602 S. Belt Line Road, Grand Prairie, 75052-5344
The Title IX coordinator is a District employee who has the responsibility to assure District compliance with the requirements of Title IX involving peer to peer interactions. The coordinator may investigate or oversee an investigation of a complaint alleging violations of Title IX. If a Sexual Harassment/Abuse incident involves an adult, please contact Karry Chapman, Chief of Human Capital.
The District has adopted complaint procedures for handling Title IX complaints, which may be obtained from the principal or Title IX coordinator. The student may be accompanied by the parent or other advisor throughout the complaint process.
Will my complaint be confidential?
To the greatest extent possible, complaints will be treated in a confidential manner. Limited disclosure may be necessary in order to complete a thorough investigation.
What if I am not satisfied with the Campus/District's resolution of my complaint?
Step 1) If the parent is not satisfied with the campus assistant principals’ resolution of the complaint, he or she should request a meeting and meet with the campus principal.
Step 2) If the parent is not satisfied with the campus’ initial response to the complaint, he or she has seven calendar days to request a conference with the Title IX Coordinator or Area Superintendent/designee who will schedule and hold a conference. Prior to or at the conference, the parent must submit a written complaint that contains: a statement of the complaint; any evidence to support the complaint; the resolution sought; the student's and/or parent's signature and the date of the conference with the campus principal.
Step 3) If the parent considers the resolution to continue to be unsatisfactory, he or she may request that the complaint be heard by the Board of Trustees at its next regular meeting, in accordance with policy BE(LOCAL). The Board will hear the complaint in closed meeting, unless otherwise required by the Texas Open Meetings Act. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Board will decide what action it deems appropriate.