5068.15 Notice/Formal Complaints of Sex and Gender-Based Harassment, Discrimination, and/or Retaliation

Notice or formal complaints of sex or gender-based harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation may be made using any of the following options:

  1. File a complaint with, or give verbal notice to, the Title IX Coordinator or the Superintendent if the complaint involves the Title IX Coordinator. Such a report may be made at any time, including during non-business hours, by using the telephone number, email address, or by mail to the office address listed for the Title IX Coordinator or Superintendent on the District’s website at https://www.msd281.org/annual_notices_for_stakeholders_community/title_i_x.
  2. File a complaint externally through the U.S. Department of Education information listed in Section 5068.10.
  3. When notice is received regarding conduct that may constitute Title IX sexual harassment, the District shall provide information about supportive measures and how to file a formal complaint, as described in Appendix A of our new Title IX procedures.

A formal complaint means a document filed/signed by the alleged victim or signed by the Title IX Coordinator or Superintendent, if the complaint involves the Title IX Coordinator, alleging an individual violated this policy and requesting that the District investigate the allegation(s). As used in this paragraph, the phrase “document filed/signed by the alleged victim” means a document or electronic submission (such as by electronic mail or through an online portal provided for this purpose by the District, if applicable) that contains the alleged victim’s physical or digital signature, or otherwise indicates that the alleged victim is the person filing the complaint. For example, an alleged victim may send an email to the Title IX Coordinator, identify themself as the alleged victim and the one sending the email, to file a formal complaint. If notice is submitted in a form that does not meet this standard, the Title IX Coordinator will contact the alleged victim to ensure that it is filed correctly.

Parents and legal guardians of primary and secondary school students who have the legal authority to act on their child's behalf may file a formal complaint on behalf of their child. (Revised 11/18/2020)