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1.3.P.1 Non - Discrimination / Equal Opportunity
Compliance  Officer

The Compliance Officer is the Assistant Superintendent for Human Relations.  Any person who feels unlawfully discriminated against or to have been the victim of unlawful discrimination by an agent or employee of the District or who knows of such discrimination against another person should file a complaint with the Compliance Officer.  If the Compliance Officer is the one alleged to have unlawfully discriminated, the complaint shall be filed with the President of the Board.   Complaints to either the Compliance Officer or Board President should be filed at the following address:  
Dysart Unified School District No. 89,
15802 N. Parkview Place,
Surprise, AZ 85374
(623) 876-7000

Complaint  Procedure

Complaints should be filed within sixty (60) calendar days of the incident.  To request a waiver of this timeline, contact the Compliance Officer.  If possible, complaints should be filed in writing on the District's complaint form.  If this is not possible, contact the Compliance Officer. 

The District is committed to investigating each complaint and to taking appropriate action on all confirmed violations of policy.  The Compliance Officer shall investigate and document complaints filed pursuant to this procedure within twenty (20) school days of receipt of the complaint.  Any person filing a complaint can present any relevant evidence or witnesses to the Compliance Officer and the Compliance Officer will consider this evidence. In investigating the complaint, the Compliance Officer will maintain confidentiality to the extent reasonably possible.  The District shall also investigate incidents of policy violation that are raised by the Governing Board, even though no complaint has been made.  If the Compliance Officer or any individual assigned to participate in reviewing a complaint has a conflict of interest, another individual shall be assigned.  

The Compliance Officer will notify the complainant of the results of the investigation in writing no later than thirty (30) school days after the complaint is filed with the Compliance Officer.

If the person alleged to have violated policy is a teacher or an administrator, the due process provisions of the District's Policy Section 7.46 shall apply, except that the supervising administrator may be assigned to conduct the hearing.  In cases of serious misconduct, dismissal or suspension proceedings in accordance with A.R.S. 15-539 et seq. may be initiated.  The District also may recommend a suspension without pay, dismissal, or impose other appropriate discipline.

If the person alleged to have violated policy is a support staff employee, the District may follow due process and impose discipline under Policy Section 7.64 if the evidence so warrants.  The District also may recommend a suspension without pay, dismissal, or impose other appropriate discipline.

If the person alleged to have violated policy is a student, the District may impose discipline in accordance with Policy Section(s) 10.42, 10.44 and 10.45.  Discipline may include up to in school suspension, an out of school suspension, or expulsion as per the relevant District policies and procedures.

Appeal  Procedure

Either party may appeal the Compliance Officer's decision in writing to the Superintendent or the Superintendent's designee, for a period of up to twenty (20) calendar days after the decision is delivered to the parties.  If an appeal in writing is not possible, please contact the Superintendent or the Superintendent's designee to file an appeal.  The Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee may meet with the complainant and the District administration in his or her discretion and shall review the record of the items submitted to the Compliance Officer.  The Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee shall issue a written decision regarding the appeal no later than thirty (30) school days from the date of the appeal.  The Superintendent’s decision shall be final.

Any timeline mentioned herein can be extended by mutual, written agreement of the parties.