Student Hearing Process

The Board recognizes that students have the right to request redress of complaints. Further, the Board believes that the inculcation of respect for lawful procedures is an important part of the educational process. Accordingly, the individual and group complaints should be recognized and appropriate appeal procedures provided.

For purposes of this policy, a student “complaint” shall be any such that arises out of actions that directly affect the student’s participation in an approved educational program.

The Board or its employees will recognize the complaints of the students of this district provided that such complaints are made according to procedures established by Board policy.

The student should first make the complaint known to the staff member or a guidance counselor and both shall attempt to resolve the issue informally and directly.

For complaints that must move beyond the first step, the student shall prepare a written statement of his/her complaint, which shall set forth:

  • The specific nature of the complaint and a brief statement of facts giving rise to it.
  • The manner in which and extent to which the student believes he/she has been adversely affected.
  • The remedy sought by the student.
  • The reasons why the student feels he/she is entitled to the remedy sought.

The complaint may then be submitted, in turn, to the building principal, the Superintendent, and if not resolved, the Board. The following Guidelines will be followed:

  • A five day period of time will be allowed at each level for the hearing of the complaint and the preparation of a response
  • At each level, the student shall be afforded the opportunity to be heard personally by the appropriate school authority.
  • At each step beyond the first, the school authority hearing the complaint may call in the student’s parent or guardian.
  • The student may seek the help of a parent or guardian at any step.