POLICY - It is the policy of the Board of Education and the School District not to unlawfully discriminate on the basis of handicap, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, height, weight, sexual orientation or gender identity. The District reaffirms its policy to comply with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, the Michigan Handicapper’s Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disability Act of 1990, and all other applicable Federal and State laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination.
REGULATION – REGULATION GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES FOR: TITLE VI OF THE EDUCATION AMENDMENT ACT OF 1972, TITLE IX OF THE EDUCATION AMENDMENT ACT OF 1972, SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973, AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT OF 1990
SECTION I - If any person believes that the Southgate Community School district or any part of the school organization has inadequately applied the principles and/or regulations of (1) Title VI of the Education Amendment Act of 1972. (2) Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, and (3) Section 504 Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disability Act of 1990 he/she may bring forward a complaint, which shall be referred to as a grievance, to the local Civil Rights Coordinator at the following address:
Office of the Superintendent • Southgate Board of Education
13940 Leroy • Southgate, MI 48195 • 734-246-4600
SECTION II - The person who believes he/she has a valid basis for grievance shall discuss the grievance informally and on a verbal basis with the local Civil Rights Coordinator, who shall in turn investigate the complaint and reply with an answer to the complaint, he/she may initiate formal procedures according to the following steps.
STEP 1- A written statement of the grievance signed by the complainant shall be submitted to the local Civil Rights Coordinator within ten (10) business days of receipt of answers to the informal complaint. The coordinator shall further investigate the matters of grievance and reply in writing to the complainant within ten (10) business days.
STEP 2 - If the complainant wishes to appeal the decision of the local Civil Rights Coordinator, he/she may submit a signed statement of appeal to the Superintendent of Schools within five (5) business days after receipt of the Coordinator’s response. The Superintendent shall meet with all parties involved, formulate a conclusion, and respond in writing to the complainant within ten (10) business days.
STEP 3 - If the complainant remains unsatisfied, he/she may appeal through a signed, written statement to the Board of Education within (5) days of his receipt of the Superintendent’s response in step two. In an attempt to resolve the grievance, the Board of Education shall meet with the concerned parties and their representative within forty (40) days of the receipt of such an appeal. A copy of the Board’s disposition of the appeal shall be sent to each concerned party within ten (10) days of this meeting.
Civil Rights, Department of Education, Washington, DC 20201.
- Inquiries concerning the nondiscriminatory policy may be directed to Director, Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education, Washington, DC 20201
- The local Coordinator, on request, will provide a copy of the District’s grievance procedure and investigate all complaints in accordance with this procedure. A copy of each of the Acts and regulations on which this notice is based may be found in the Civil Rights Coordinator’s Office.