UNIFORM COMPLAINT PROCEDURES
Note: You will be prompted to sign-in when following the links to specific Board Policies and Administrative Regulations. When prompted, use "public" as the username and "sjusd" as the password.This page provides details on the District's nondiscrimination policies and Uniform Complaint Procedures. You may also view the District's 2018-2019 Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) Annual Notice. You can use the Uniform Complaint Form to file a complaint. This form is also available in the following languages: Arabic, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian. BP 1312.3 and AR 1312.3 provide additional information on Uniform Complaints. BP 3260 and AR 3260 provide additional information on Student Fees while BP 5131.2 details the Board Policy on bullying.
The Board of Education is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs, activities and services shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information, or on the basis of a person's association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. The board shall promote programs which ensure that unlawful discriminatory practices are eliminated in all district activities.
Any student who engages in discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Any employee who permits or engages in unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying, including sexual harassment, may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
The District has adopted a strict policy containing rules and procedures for reporting sexual harassment and pursuing remedies and is committed to maintaining an educational environment that is free from harassment, including school, or school-sponsored or school-related activities.
The Board of Education prohibits unlawful sexual harassment of or by anyone (including students and employees) in or from the District. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical contact of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the work or educational setting.
Pupil Fees and other Complaints
The UCP process shall also be used when addressing complaints alleging failure to comply with state and/or federal laws in: Adult Education, After School Education and Safety, Agricultural Career Technical Education; American Indian Education Centers and Early Childhood Education Program Assessments; Bilingual Education; California Peer Assistance and Review Programs for Teachers Education; State and Federal Career Technical and Technical Education and Training; Child Care and Development; Child Nutrition; Compensatory Education; Consolidated Categorical Aid; Course Periods without Educational Content; Economic Impact Aid; Education of Pupils in Foster Care, Pupils who are Homeless, former Juvenile Court Pupils, Pupils of Military Families, Migrant Pupils, and Immigrant Pupils Enrolled in a Newcomer Program; Every Student Succeeds Act; Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP); Migrant Education; Physical Education Instructional Minutes; Pregnant and Parenting Pupils; Pupil Fees; Reasonable Accommodations to a Lactating Pupil; Regional Occupation Centers and Programs; School Safety Plans; School Plan for Student Achievement/School Site Council; Special Education; State Preschool; Tobacco Use Prevention Education; and any other district-implemented program which is listed in Education Code section 64000(a).
A pupil fee includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:
- A fee charged to a pupil as a condition for registering for school or classes, or as a condition for participation in a class or an extracurricular activity, regardless of whether the class or activity is elective or compulsory, or is for credit.
- A security deposit, or other payment, that a pupil is required to make to obtain a lock, locker, book, class apparatus, musical instrument, clothes, or other materials or equipment.
- A purchase that a pupil is required to make to obtain materials, supplies, equipment, or clothes associated with an educational activity.
To File a Complaint
Any student or parent who feels that unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying or sexual harassment has occurred should immediately contact a teacher, the school principal, or District Title IX/Compliance Officer. A complaint may be initiated at the school or by directly contacting the Title IX/Compliance Officer. Copies of an optional complaint form may be obtained from the school office or Title IX/Compliance Officer. Copies of the complaint procedures shall be available free of charge.
A pupil fee or LCAP complaint may be filed anonymously if the complainant provides evidence, or information leading to evidence, to support the complaint.
- Filing a Complaint: File a written complaint or use the complaint form received from the school or Title IX/Compliance Officer. Submit the complaint form to the school principal or Title IX/Compliance Officer.
- Investigation: The District will investigate the complaint and provide a written report of the investigation and decision within 40 days of when the complaint is filed.
- Appeals: If the person making the complaint disagrees with the District’s decision, the complainant has 5 days to appeal the decision to the District’s Board of Education; or alternatively, 15 days to appeal the decision to the California Department of Education.
- A person filing a complaint may also seek civil law remedies, subject to certain timelines.
- At any time, a complainant has the right to file a complaint alleging violations of federal laws or regulations, prohibiting unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying based on any legally protected class, or on the basis of a person's association with a person or group belonging to a legally protected class with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 50 United Nations Plaza, Room 1545, San Francisco, CA 94102.
Complaints will be kept as confidential as appropriate.
The District prohibits retaliation against any participant in the complaint process. Each complaint shall be investigated promptly and in a way that respects the privacy of all parties concerned.
If you have a complaint, contact a teacher, principal, site administrator, or:Title IX/Compliance OfficerLinda C. T. Simlick, General Counsel3738 Walnut AvenueCarmichael, CA 95608Telephone: (916) 971-7110E-Mail: LegalServices@sanjuan.edu