COMPLAINT PROCEDURES FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
(Procedures for Assurance of Compliance with Federal/State Regulations/
School Board Policies of Prohibition against Discrimination/
Harassment in Educational Activities/Programs)
Notice of Nondiscrimination
The Kansas City Public Schools (the “district”) does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race,
religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic
information or any other factor prohibited by law, or based upon a belief that such a factor exists,
in its programs, services, activities and facilities. The following person has been designated to
handle inquiries from students, parents, and members of the public regarding the nondiscrimination
Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Coordinator
Chief Legal Counsel
2901 Troost, 2nd Floor
Kansas City, Missouri 64109
If the above contact is unavailable, students, parents and members of the public may direct inquiries
regarding nondiscrimination policies to any attorney in the Legal Services Department at:
Legal Services Department
2901 Troost, 2nd Floor
Kansas City, Missouri 64109
The district has established procedures to assure nondiscrimination in educational programs,
services, activities, and facilities, and to ensure the elimination of harassment, including sexual
harassment. It is the policy of the Board that all students will be treated with respect by all
employees, third parties, and fellow students. Hostile treatment or violence against a student on the
basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender
identity, genetic information, or any other factor prohibited by law, or based upon a belief that such
a factor exists, will not be tolerated.
It is recognized that discrimination or harassment complaints by students/parents may arise from
actual or perceived situations and circumstances related to the prohibition of discrimination. It is
the intent of this policy to assure that discrimination or harassment complaints are resolved in an
expeditious, orderly, and equitable manner that serves to fulfill the letter and intent of the law. All
principals are required to make a conscientious effort to fully consider and understand the nature and
basis of the discrimination or harassment complaint of a student/parent and resolve it, to the
satisfaction of the complainant, without delay or refer it, without delay, to the appropriate office for
resolution. The initiation of a discrimination or harassment complaint by a student/parent will not
be used as a basis for actions that adversely affect the student’s standing in his/her school.
Additionally, participation in or assistance in the investigation of a complaint shall not be used as
the basis for adverse actions against a student.
Procedure for Filing Complaints
Discrimination or harassment complaints made under the provisions of this rule will be handled
using federal enforcement agencies standards in the processing and investigation of
discrimination/harassment charges and without extraneous administrative barriers. No anonymous
complaints shall be accepted or processed and all complaints should include, to the best of the
complainant’s ability, specific information regarding the discriminatory or harassing action(s) or
inaction(s), the basis (e.g., age, race, disability, etc.) for the action(s) or inaction(s), the alleged
offender(s), and witnesses, if any. Any complainant who knowingly submits false information will
be subject to disciplinary action. A record will be maintained of each discrimination or harassment
complaint investigation to include the final disposition of each.
A student or parent who believes that he/she has been the subject of discrimination or harassment
because of his/her sex, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual
orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other factor prohibited by law (such as
political beliefs, marital status, social and family background, linguistic preference or pregnancy),
or based upon a belief that such a factor exists, shall communicate his/her complaint or concern to
a teacher, building or District administrator. A student harassing or discriminating against another
student shall be subject to discipline under the Student Code of Conduct.
Due to the sensitive nature of discrimination and harassment complaints, students/parents may file
such a complaint directly with the Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Coordinator as identified
in Board policy AC. In such instances, the complaint shall be resolved by the Anti-Discrimination
and Harassment Coordinator under the same duties and timeline as apply to principal investigations.
If discrimination or harassment is discovered or reported, the district will investigate promptly and
take immediate and appropriate action to stop the discrimination or harassment and deter its
reoccurrence pursuant to Board policies AC and AC-2.
In determining whether alleged conduct constitutes a violation of this policy, the district will
investigate the matter and consider all relevant factors including, but not limited to, the surrounding
circumstances, the nature of the behavior, the relationships between the parties involved, and the
context in which the alleged incidents occurred. Whether a particular action or incident constitutes
a violation of the policy requires a determination based on all of the facts and surrounding
Complainants shall be guaranteed the right to an adequate, reliable and impartial investigation of
complaints, which shall include:
1. The opportunity for the complainants to present witnesses and provide evidence.
2. Completion of investigation within 30 days of the complaint.
3. Timely notice of the outcome of the investigation.
4. The right to appeal the decision of the investigating authority to the superintendent’s desgnee
and to receive notice of the decision within 20 days of the appeal.
If the student/parent does not agree with the final determination made by the Anti-Discrimination
and Harassment Coordinator, he/she may appeal the determination to the Superintendent of the
District by submitting a letter of appeal to the Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Coordinator
within five workdays of the date of the final determination. The decision of the Superintendent shall
be issued within 20 days from the receipt of the appeal and no further appeals shall be taken.
1. Failure on the part of the student/parent to initiate and/or follow up on a complaint in a
timely manner may result in the complaint being considered abandoned. A complaint must
be filed within 300 days of the alleged discriminatory act(s).
2. Failure by a principal to address a complaint within ten workdays will automatically allow
the complainant to move the complaint to the next level of administration.
3. In general, students shall continue attendance at school and pursue their studies, as directed,
while complaints are pending resolution. Appropriate interim actions may be provided to
protect the complainant during the investigation and appeal process.
4. Records of an ongoing investigation shall remain confidential and not subject to disclosure
until a final determination is made on the case.
Nothing in this policy shall be construed as creating a cause of action. Neither the proscriptions of,
nor actions taken under this policy, shall on that basis estop the Board from fully arguing for or
against the existence of any fact and the scope or meaning of any law in any forum.
This rule is intended to effect compliance with federal/state regulations; i.e., Title IX, Section 504
of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794 (Section 504), Title II of the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. § 12131 (Title II), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42
U.S.C. § 2000d (Title VI), and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, 42 U.S.C. § 6101 (Age Act),
Chapter 38; Sec. 38-1, Code of Ordinances by the Council of Kansas City Human Rights
Department, and the implementing regulations of these federal laws.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section
for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for