Students, parents of students, employees, and applicants for employment and other individuals
shall have the right to file a formal complaint alleging discrimination under federal or state
regulations requiring non‐discrimination in programs and employment.

Level One ‐ Principal, Immediate Supervisor or Personnel Contact Person
(Informal and Optional ‐ may be bypassed by the grievant)

Employees with a complaint of discrimination based upon their gender, race, national origin,
creed, age, veteran status, marital status, religion, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or
disability are encouraged to first discuss it with their immediate supervisor, with the objective of
resolving the matter informally.  An applicant for employment with a complaint of discrimination
based upon their gender, race, national origin, creed, age, veteran status, marital status,
religion, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability with the personnel contact person
should discuss it with the personnel contact person.

A student, or a parent of a student, or other individual with a complaint of discrimination based
upon their gender, race, national origin, creed, veterans status, marital status, religion, color,
sexual orientation, gender identity or disability is encouraged to discuss it with the instructor,
counselor, supervisor, building administrator, program administrator or personnel contact
person directly involved.

Level Two ‐ Compliance Officer

If the grievance is not resolved at level one and the grievant wishes to pursue the grievance, the
grievant may formalize it by filing a complaint in writing on a Grievance Filing Form, which may
be obtained from the Compliance Officer.  The complaint shall state the nature of the grievance
and the remedy requested.  The filing of the formal, written complaint at level two must be
within 15 working days from the date of the event giving rise to the grievance, or from the date
the grievant could reasonably become aware of such occurrence.  The grievant may request that
a meeting concerning the complaint be held with the Compliance Officer.  A minor student may
be accompanied at that meeting by a parent or guardian.  The Compliance Officer shall
investigate the complaint and attempt to resolve it.  A written report from the Compliance
Officer regarding action taken will be sent to the involved parties within a reasonable time after
receipt of the complaint.

The Compliance Officer is: School Improvement Director/Consultant
1035 15th Street, Nevada, Iowa
515 382‐2783 8:00 a.m. ‐ 4:30 p.m.  Monday through Friday

Level Three ‐ Superintendent/Administrator

If the complaint is not resolved at Level Two, the grievant may appeal it to Level Three by
presenting a written appeal to the Superintendent within five (5) working days after the
grievant receives the report from the Compliance Officer.  The grievant may request a meeting
with the Superintendent.  The Superintendent may request a meeting with the grievant to
discuss the appeal.  A decision will be rendered by the Superintendent within a reasonable time
after the receipt of the written appeal.

A complaint regarding the identification, evaluation, classification, or educational program of an
educationally‐handicapped student shall be governed by a separate due process procedure,
which includes the right to an impartial hearing.

This procedure in no way denies the right of the grievant to file formal complaints with the Iowa
Civil Rights Commission, the U. S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, the Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission, or the Iowa Department of Education for mediation or
rectification of civil rights grievances, or to seek private counsel for complaints alleging
discrimination.

Level Four ‐ Appeal to Board

If the grievant is not satisfied with the Superintendent’s decision, the grievant can file an appeal
with the board within five working days of the decision.  It is within the discretion of the board
to determine whether it will hear the appeal.


Approved: August 12, 1996

Reviewed: February 26, 2001

Revised: March 9, 2015