Board of Education Policy 2:260 – Uniform Grievance 

Board of Education Policy 2:260 – Uniform Grievance 


Appointing Nondiscrimination Coordinator and District Complaint Managers 

The Superintendent shall appoint a Nondiscrimination Coordinator to manage the District’s efforts to provide equal opportunity employment and educational opportunities and prohibit the harassment of employees, students, and others. The Nondiscrimination Coordinator also serves as the District’s Title IX Coordinator. The Superintendent shall appoint at least one Complaint Manager to administer the complaint process in this policy. If possible, the Superintendent will appoint 2 Complaint Managers, one of each gender. The District’s Nondiscrimination Coordinator may be appointed as one of the Complaint Managers. 

The Superintendent shall insert into this policy and keep current the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the Nondiscrimination Coordinator and the Complaint Managers. 

Nondiscrimination Coordinator: 
Dr. Latonya Applewhite, OPRFHS, Room 2131, 
708-434-3373

Complaint Managers: 
Dr. Roxana Sanders, OPRFHS, Room 2164, 
708-434-3214

Ms. Lynda Parker, OPRFHS, Room 2165, 
708-434-3258

A student, parent/guardian, employee, or community member should notify any District Complaint Manager if he or she believes that the Board of Education, its employees, or agents have violated his or her rights guaranteed by the State or federal Constitution, State or federal statute, or Board policy, or have a complaint regarding any one of the following: 

  1. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  2. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
  3. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. §2000d et seq.
  4. Equal Employment Opportunities Act (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act), 42 U.S.C. §2000e et seq.
  5. Sexual harassment (Illinois Human Rights Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972)
  6. Bullying, 105 ILCS 5/27-23.7
  7. Misuse of funds received for services to improve educational opportunities for educationally disadvantaged or deprived children
  8. Curriculum, instructional materials, and/or programs
  9. Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act, 820 ILCS 180
  10. Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003, 820 ILCS 112
  11. Provision of services to homeless students Illinois Whistleblower Act, 740 ILCS 174/.
  12. Misuse of genetic information (Illinois Genetic Information Privacy Act (GIPA), 410 ILCS 513/and Titles I and II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), 42 U.S.C. §2000ff et seq.)
  13. Employee Credit Privacy Act, 820 ILCS 70/

The District Nondiscrimination Coordinator will first attempt to resolve complaints without resorting to this grievance procedure. If a formal complaint is filed under this policy, the Nondiscrimination Coordinator will address the complaint promptly and equitably. A student and/or parent/guardian filing a complaint under this policy may forego any informal suggestions and/or attempts to resolve it and may proceed directly to the grievance procedure. The Nondiscrimination Coordinator will not require a student or parent/guardian complaining of any form of harassment to attempt to resolve allegations directly with the accused (or the accused’s parents/guardians); this includes mediation. 

 

Right to Pursue Other Remedies Not Impaired 

The right of a person to prompt and equitable resolution of a complaint filed hereunder shall not be impaired by the person’s pursuit of other remedies, e.g., criminal complaints, civil actions, etc. Use of this grievance procedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies and use of this grievance procedure does not extend any filing deadline related to the pursuit of other remedies. If a person is pursuing another remedy subject to a complaint under this policy, the District will continue with a simultaneous investigation under this policy. 

 

Deadlines 

All deadlines under this policy may be extended by the Nondiscrimination Coordinator as he or she deems appropriate. As used in this policy, school business days means days on which the District’s main office is open. 

 

Filing a Complaint 

A person (hereinafter Complainant) who wishes to avail him or herself of this grievance procedure may do so by filing a complaint with any District Complaint Manager. The Complainant shall not be required to file a complaint with a particular Complaint Manager and may request a Complaint Manager of the same gender. The Complaint Manager may request the Complainant to provide a written statement regarding the nature of the complaint or require a meeting with a student’s parent(s)/guardian(s). The Complaint Manager shall assist the Complainant as needed. 
For bullying and cyber-bullying, the Complaint Manager shall process and review the complaint according to Board Policy 7:180 Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment, in addition to any response required by this policy. 

 

Investigation 

The Nondiscrimination Coordinator will investigate the complaint or appoint a qualified person to undertake the investigation on his or her behalf. The Nondiscrimination Coordinator shall ensure both parties have an equal opportunity to present evidence during an investigation. If the Complainant is a student under 18 years of age, the Nondiscrimination Coordinator will notify his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) that they may attend any investigatory meetings in which their child is involved. The complaint and identity of the Complainant will not be disclosed except: (1) as required by law, this policy, or (2) as necessary to fully investigate the complaint, or (3) as authorized by the Complainant. 
The identity of any student witnesses will not be disclosed except: (1) as required by law or any collective bargaining agreement, (2) as necessary to fully investigate the complaint, or (3) as authorized by the parent/guardian of the student witness, or by the student if the student is 18 years of age or older. 

The Nondiscrimination Coordinator will inform, at regular intervals, the person(s) filing a complaint under this policy about the status of the investigation. Within 30 school business days of the date the complaint was filed, the Nondiscrimination Coordinator shall file a written report of his or her findings with the Superintendent. The Nondiscrimination Coordinator may request an extension of time. If a complaint of unlawful harassment contains allegations involving the Superintendent, the written report shall be filed with the Board, which will make a decision in accordance with the following section of this policy. The Superintendent will keep the Board informed of all complaints. 

 

Decision and Appeal 

Within five school business days after receiving the Nondiscrimination Coordinator report, the Superintendent shall mail his or her written decision to the Complainant and the accused by first class U.S. mail, as well as to the Nondiscrimination Coordinator. All decisions shall be based upon the preponderance of evidence standard. 

Within 10 school business days after receiving the Superintendent’s decision, the Complainant or the accused may appeal the decision to the Board by making a written request to the Nondiscrimination Coordinator. The Nondiscrimination Coordinator shall promptly forward all materials relative to the complaint and appeal to the Board. Within 30 school business days, the Board shall affirm, reverse, or amend the Superintendent’s decision or direct the Superintendent to gather additional information. Within five school business days of the Board’s decision, the Superintendent shall inform the Complainant and the accused of the Board’s action. 

This grievance policy shall not be construed to create an independent right to a hearing before the Superintendent or Board. The failure to strictly follow the timelines in this grievance procedure shall not prejudice any party. 

 

Parents Right-to-Know 

In accordance with ESEA Section 1111(h)(6) PARENTS RIGHT-TO-KNOW, District 200 is notifying every parent that you have the right and may request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher. This information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers including, at a minimum, the following: 

  1. Whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
  2. Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
  3. The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
  4. Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

If at any time your child has been taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks by a teacher not highly qualified, the school will notify you. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Laurie Fiorenza, Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning at 708-434-3688 or at lfiorenza@oprfhs.org 

Academic Honesty Guidelines 

Staff, parents and students are responsible for maintaining the academic integrity of the school. The atmosphere in each classroom, gymnasium, laboratory, library or support center should actively foster academic honesty, as should the atmosphere in the home of each student. Staff should be clear in their advocacy of academic honesty by discussing this topic with their students. Faculty will attempt to employ strategies that reduce the opportunity for dishonesty. Parents should continually emphasize academic honesty and integrity to their children. 


Any action intended to obtain credit for or recognition for work that is not one’s own is considered academic dishonesty. These actions include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Submitting another’s work as one’s own work.
  • Sharing or accepting a copy of a test or scoring device.
  • Sharing quiz/test questions with students in the same or other classes.
  • Copying from another student’s homework or class project.
  • Cheating on a quiz/test by copying from another student or using unauthorized sources of information.
  • Plagiarizing.
  • Fabricating data or sources of information.
  • Copying materials in violation of the copyright laws.
  • Using technology to commit academic fraud.
  • Using technology in violation of the district Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Accessing restricted computer files without authorization.

Procedures Related to Academic Honesty Policy: 

1.  If a student is suspected of violating the academic honesty policy, the faculty member will alert the student and take appropriate action to eliminate the opportunity to cheat. Following the class, the student and faculty member will meet and attempt to resolve the issue. Consequences may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Requirement to re-do the assignment.
  • Grade reduction for the assignment.
  • Grade reduction for the quarter.
  • Grade reduction for the semester.

2.  If a student denies committing academic fraud or if a student and teacher cannot mutually resolve the issue, the teacher will refer the suspected incident to the Division Head for further review.


3.  The Division Head will determine if there is sufficient evidence to substantiate the allegation of Academic Dishonesty. If so, then the procedures below will be followed. If not, the matter will be dropped.


4.  For documentation purposes, the teacher will submit an electronic referral for violation of Academic Honesty Policy via Skyward and notify the parent of the suspected Academic fraud.


5.  In the event that an appeal is requested by the parent, a meeting will be convened within 10 school days of the request. The meeting should include the student, parent, teacher, Division Head, and Director of Student Learning.


6. The Director of Student Learning will issue a final decision within 10 school days of the meeting. Examples of appropriate consequences are listed above. If the incident occurs at the end of a grading period a student will be given an incomplete (I) grade until the final ruling is rendered.

 

Note: A record of the student’s violation will be kept as part of a student’s temporary file. Any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty is not eligible for membership in the District’s honors societies. Current members of the societies found guilty of academic fraud are subject to removal from the academic societies