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Uniform Complaint Procedure

Uniform Complaint Procedure

The Newport-Mesa unified School District has the primary responsibility to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations governing educational programs. The Board encourages the early, informal resolution of complaints whenever possible and appropriate. Board Policy (BP) 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) has been adopted to resolve complaints which cannot be resolved through the informal process. BP 1312.3 outlines how complaints alleging violation of state or federal laws governing educational programs, allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying, the charging of unlawful pupil fees and the non-compliance of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) are addressed.

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals.  District programs, activities, practices, and employment shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on race, color, ancestry, national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity or expression; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

The UCP shall be used when addressing complaints alleging failure to comply with state and/or federal laws in:

  • Adult Education
  • After School Education and Safety
  • Career Technical Education
  • Child Care and Development Programs including state preschool 
  • Consolidated Categorical Programs
  • Discrimination, Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying
  • ESEA Titles I-VII
  • Foster and Homeless Youth
  • Local Control Funding Formula and Local Control Accountability Plans
  • Migrant Education
  • Nutrition Services - USDA Civil Rights
  • Regional Occupational Centers and Programs
  • School Facilities
  • Special Education
  • Tobacco-Use Prevention Education Program
  • Unlawful Pupil Fees

Complaints alleging discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying must be filed within six (6) months from the date the alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying occurred, or the date the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, unless the time for filing is extended by the superintendent or his or her designee. A pupil fee complaint shall be filed no later than one year from the date the alleged violation occurred.

Complaints, other than issues relating to pupil fees, must be filed in writing with the following designated Uniform Complaint Officer:

Leona Olson
Assistant Superintendent, Chief Human Resources Officer
Title IX Coordinator & Compliance Officer

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