Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying Policies
BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVED DISCRIMINATION POLICIES
GAAB Complaints of Discrimination
(See GAAC, GAACA, JDDC, JGEC, JGECA, KN, and KNA)
The district is committed to maintaining a working and learning environment free from
discrimination, insult, intimidation, and harassment due to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, genetic information, or disability.
Discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, genetic information, or religion in the admission to, access to, treatment, or employment in the district's programs and activities is prohibited. The Superintendent of Schools, USD 509, 229 S Kickapoo, South Haven, KS 67140, ph # 620-892-5215 x 1, has been designated to coordinate compliance with nondiscrimination requirements contained in Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ( with the exception of discrimination on the basis of sex), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Personal Responsibility Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, and the Food Stamp Act of 1977, as amended.
Complaints regarding alleged discrimination on the basis of sex, as prohibited by Title IX of the
Education Amendments of 1972 and other federal and state laws regulating such discrimination and discriminatory harassment, sh all be handled in accordance with the procedures outlined in board policies GAAC and JGEC and shall be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at Superintendent of Schools, USD 509, 229 S Kickapoo, South Haven, KS 67140, 620-892-5215 x 1. More information may be obtained on discrimination on the basis of sex by contacting the Title IX Coordinator. Complaints alleging discrinlination in child nutrition programs offered by the district shall be handled in accordance with the procedures outlined in board policy KNA, and more information may be obtained on procedures for filing such a complaint by contacting the district compliance coordinator.
Unless otherwise provided in board policy, general complaints, those not alleging acts of
discrimination, will be resolved using the district's general complaint procedures in policy KN.
Any employee who engages in discriminatory, harassing, or retaliatory conduct shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Except as otherwise provided in this policy and board policies GAAC, JGEC, and KNA, any incident of discrimination in any form shall promptly be reported to an employee's immediate supervisor, the building principal, or the district compliance coordinator for investigation and corrective action by the building or district compliance officer. Complaints alleging discriminatory and/or harassing conduct on
the part of the superintendent shall be addressed to the board of education. Except as otherwise provided in board policy regarding complaints of discrimination on the basis
of sex or regarding child nutrition programs, complaints about discrimination, including complaints of harassment, will be resolved through the following complaint procedures:
The building principal shall attempt to resolve complaints of discrimination or harassment in an
informal manner at the building level. Any school employee who receives a complaint of such
discrimination or harassment from a student, another employee, or any other individual shall inform the individual of the employee's obligation to report the complaint and any proposed resolution of the complaint to the building principal. The building principal shall discuss the complaint with the individual to determine if it can be resolved. If the matter is resolved to the satisfaction of the individual, the building principal shall document the nature of the complaint and the proposed resolution of the complaint and forward this record to the district compliance coordinator. Within 20 days after the complaint is resolved in this manner, the principal shall contact the complainant to determine if the resolution of the matter remains acceptable.
If the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the individual in the meeting with the principal,
or if the individual does not believe the resolution remains acceptable, the individual may initiate a formal complaint.
Fomal Complaint Procedures
• A formal complaint shall be fi led in writing and contain the name and address of the person
filing the complaint. The complaint shall briefly describe the alleged violation. If an
individual does not wish to file a written complaint, and the matter has not been adequately
resolved through the infom1al procedures described herein, the building principal may initiate
the complaint. Form11S for filing written complaints are available in each school building
office and the central office.
• A complaint should be filed as soon as possible after the conduct occurs but not later than 180
days after the complainant becomes aware of the alleged violation, unless the conduct
forming the basis for the complaint is ongoing.
• If appropriate, an investigation shall follow the filing of the complaint. If the complaint is
against the superintendent, the board may appoint an investigating officer. In other instances,
the investigation shall be conducted by the building principal, the compliance coordinator, or
another individual appointed by the board or the superintendent. The investigation shall be
informal but thorough. The complainant and the respondent will be afforded an opportunity
to submit written or oral evidence relevant to the complaint and to provide names of potential
witnesses who may have useful information.
• A written determination of the complaint's validity and a description of the resolution shall
be issued by the investigator, and a copy shall be forwarded to the complainant and the
respondent within 30 days after the filing of the complaint. If the investigator anticipates a
determination will not be issued within 30 days after the filing of the complaint, the
investigator shall provide written notification to the parties including an anticipated deadline
for completion. In no event shall the issuance of the written deternination be delayed longer
than 10 days from the conclusion of the investigation.
* If the investigation results in a recommendation that a student be suspended or expelled,
procedures outlined in board policy and state law governing student suspension and
expulsion will be followed.
*If the investigation results in a recommendation that an employee be suspended without
pay or terminated, procedures outlined in board policy, the negotiated agreement (as
applicable), and state law will be followed.
• Records relating to complaints filed and their resolution shall be forwarded to and maintained
in a confidential marmer by the district compliance coordinator.
Formal Complaint Appeal
• The complainant or respondent may appeal the determination of the complaint.
• Appeals shall be heard by the district compliance coordinator, a hearing officer appointed by
the board or the superintendent, or by the board itself.
• The request to appeal the resolution shall be made within 20 days after the date of the written
detennination of the complaint at the lower level.
• The appeal officer shall review the evidence gathered by the investigator at the lower level
and the investigator's report and shall afford the complainant and the respondent an
opportunity to submit further evidence, orally or in writing, within 10 days after the appeal is
• The appeal officer will issue a written determination of the complaint's validity on appeal and
a description of its resolution within 30 days after the appeal is filed.
If it is detennined at any level that discrimination or harassment has occurred, the district will
take prompt, remedial action to prevent its reoccurrence. The district prohibits retaliation or
discrimination against any person for opposing discrimination, including harassment; for participating in the complaint process; or making a complaint, testifying, assisting, or participating in any investigation, proceeding, or hearing.
Use of this complaint procedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of any other remedies
including the right to file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of
Education, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the Kansas Human Rights Commission.
Approved: 1-9-2023 ~
KASB Recommendation - 2/98; 8/98; 4/07; 6/09; 6/15; 6/19; 6/20; 7/20; 12/22
GAAE Bullying by Staff
The board of education prohibits bullying in any form by any student, staff member, or parent towards a student or a staff member on or while using school property , in a school vehicle or at a school- sponsored activity or event.
For the purposes of this policy, the term " bullying" shall have the meaning ascribed to it in Kansas law.
The administration shall propose, and the board shall review and approve a plan to address bullying as prohibited herein. The plan shall include provisions for the training and education of staff members. Staff members who bully others in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and/or termination. If
appropriate , staff members who violate the bullying prohibition shall be reported to local law enforcement.
The board of education prohibits bullying in any form by any student, staff member, or parent towards a student or a staff member on or while using school property, in a school vehicle, or at a school-sponsored activity or event. For the purposes of this policy, the term " bullying" shall have the meaning
ascribed to it in Kansas law. The administration shall propose, and the board shall review and approve
a plan to address bullying as prohibited herein. The plan shall include provisions for the training and education of staff members and students and shall include appropriate community involvement as approved by the board. Students who have bullied others 1n violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and/or expulsion. If appropriate, students who violate the bullying prohibition shall be reported to local law enforcement.
KGC Bullying by Parents
The board of education, in its commitment to provide a positive and productive learning and
working environment for its students and staff in accordance with state law, prohibits bullying in any
fonn by any student, staff member, or parent towards a student or a staff member on or while using
school property, in a school vehicle, or at a school-sponsored activity or event. For the purposes of this
policy, the term "bullying" shalI have the meaning ascribed to it in Kansas law. The administration shall propose, and the board shall review and approve a plan to address bullying as prohibited herein.
Parents participating in prohibited bullying conduct aimed at district students and/or staff
members may jeopardize their access to district facilities; dist1ict property; school sponsored activities,
programs, and events; and/or district students and/or staff members though the district's communication systems. As appropriate, reports to local law enforcement will be filed to report criminal bullying behaviors.
This policy and the district bullying plan may be posted on the district's website, and copies of
such documents shall be made available to parents of current students upon request.
TO REPORT HARASSMENT OR BULLYING
To Report Harassment or Bullying, click the bullying report linked below. This report may be submitted anonymously. You do not have to give your name as the submitter.