NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION & COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

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The District will not discriminate against any person based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion,
height, weight, marital status, handicap, age, or disability. The administrator in charge of Special Education is appointed the Civil Rights Coordinator regarding complaints of disability/handicap discrimination involving educational services, programs and activities. The Superintendent is appointed the Civil Rights Coordinator regarding discrimination complaints made by students (grades Pre-K through 12) and/or their parent(s)/guardian(s), and involving sex, race, color, national origin, religion, height, weight, age, or marital status. The Superintendent is appointed the Civil Rights Coordinator regarding all other complaints of discrimination.

Inquiries or complaints by students and/or their parent(s)/guardian(s) related to discrimination based on disability/handicap should be directed to:

Special Education Coordinator
NICE Community District
300 Westwood Drive
Ishpeming, Michigan 49849
Phone: (906) 485-1021

Inquiries or complaints made by students (grades Pre K through 12) and/or their parent(s)/guardian(s) related to discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion, height, weight, age, or marital status should be directed to:

The Superintendent of Schools
NICE Community District
300 Westwood Drive
Ishpeming, Michigan 49849
Phone: (906) 485-1021

The Civil Rights Coordinators above are designated to receive and resolve complaints from any person who believes that he/she may have been discriminated against in violation of this policy. Any person who believes he/she has been discriminated against in violation of this policy should file a written complaint with the Civil Rights Coordinator within ten (10) calendar days of the alleged violation. The Civil Rights Coordinator will take, then, the following action: First, cause an investigation of the complaint to be commenced. Second, arrange for a meeting to occur with the complainant, which may include District staff who are knowledgeable of the facts and circumstances of the particular complaint or who have particular expertise that will assist in resolving the complaint. Third, complete the investigation of the complaint and provide, in writing, a reply to the complainant. If the Civil Rights Coordinator determines that a violation has occurred, he/she shall propose a fair resolution of the complaint and deliver the determination to the complainant and the Superintendent.

The complainant may appeal the Civil Rights Coordinator’s determination by so notifying the Superintendent within (10) calendar days of the Civil Rights Coordinator’s determination. The Superintendent may conduct additional investigation of the facts and circumstances surrounding the complaint.

Upon completion of, or at any point in, the grievance process, complainants have the right to file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20201. The complainant should first be directed to the following address:

Office for Civil Rights
600 Superior Avenue, Suite 750
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 522-4970 phone
(216) 522-2573 fax