Uniform Grievance Procedure

  • 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 its 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:

      • Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §12101 et seq.

      • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., excluding Title IX sexual harassment complaints governed by policy 2:265, Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure

      • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. §791 et seq.

      • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. §2000d et seq.

      • Equal Employment Opportunities Act (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act), 42 U.S.C. §2000e et seq.

      • Sexual harassment prohibited by the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, 5 ILCS 430/70-5(a); Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/; and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §2000e et seq. (Title IX sexual harassment complaints are addressed under policy 2:265, Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure)

      • Breastfeeding accommodations for students, 105 ILCS 5/10-20.60

      • Bullying, 105 ILCS 5/27-23.7

      • Misuse of funds received for services to improve educational opportunities for educationally disadvantaged or deprived children

      • Curriculum, instructional materials, and/or programs

      • Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act, 820 ILCS 180/

      • Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003, 820 ILCS 112/

      • Provision of services to homeless students

      • Illinois Whistleblower Act, 740 ILCS 174/

      • Misuse of genetic information prohibited by the Illinois Genetic Information Privacy Act, 410 ILCS 513/; and Titles I and II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, 42 U.S.C. §2000ff et seq.

      • Employee Credit Privacy Act, 820 ILCS 70/.

    The Complaint Manager will first attempt to resolve complaints without resorting to this grievance procedure. If a formal complaint is filed under this policy, the Complaint Manager 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 this grievance procedure. 

    The Complaint Manager 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.

    For additional information, please see Policy 2:260 (Uniform Grievance Procedure) in the LTHS District #204 Board of Education Policy Manual.

Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure

  • As required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and its implementing regulations (34 C.F.R. Part 106), the District does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of its education programs or activities, and it complies with Title IX concerning everyone in the District’s education programs and activities, including applicants for employment, students, parents/guardians, employees, and third parties.

    Title IX Sexual Harassment Prohibited

    Sexual harassment as defined in the Title IX implementing regulations ("Title IX Sexual Harassment") is prohibited. Any person, including a District employee or agent, or student, engages in Title IX Sexual Harassment whenever that person engages in conduct on the basis of an individual’s sex that satisfies one or more of the following:

      • A District employee conditions the provision of an aid, benefit, or service on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct; or

      • Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the District’s educational program or activity; or

      • Sexual assault as defined in 20 U.S.C. §1092(f)(6)(A)(v), dating violence as defined in 34 U.S.C. §12291(a)(10), domestic violence as defined in 34 U.S.C. §12291(a)(8), or stalking as defined in 34 U.S.C. §12291(a)(30).

    Examples of Title IX Sexual Harassment can include, but are not limited to, touching, crude jokes or pictures, discussions of sexual experiences, teasing related to sexual characteristics, spreading rumors related to a person’s alleged sexual activities, rape, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion.

    For additional information, please see Policy 2:265 (Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure) in the LTHS District #204 Board of Education Policy Manual.