Title IX/ Sexual Discrimination

It is the policy of the Russellville School District Board of Education that there will be no discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, or qualified handicap in the employment practices of the District and/or in any educational program or activity operated by the District.

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District Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Brittany Turner, Ph.D.

Assistant to the Superintendent for Student Support Services

Director of Special Services

Russellville School District

Office: 479-890-5733

Email: brittany.turner@rsdk12.net

Mailing Address: P.O.Box 928, Russellville, AR 72811

A person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, to the Title IX Coordinator in person or by using the mailing address, telephone number, or email address provided.

A report may be made at any time, including during non-business hours, and may be on the individual’s behalf or on behalf of another individual who is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment.

Procedure for Grievance -

Proper steps for employee complaints concerning sexual harassment are:

A. Step 1 - The employee shall state in writing the basis for the complaint, the names of the persons involved, and the dates of any specific incidents. This complaint shall be presented to the employee's immediate supervisor within forty five (45) days of the alleged incidents.

1. When the immediate supervisor is the subject of the complaint, the information should be presented to the next appropriate administrative level.

2. If the complainant feels that the nature of the harassment is particularly serious or threatening, the report should be filed primarily with the district Superintendent or the district equity coordinator, and step 3 will be bypassed.

B. Step 2 - All complaints will be investigated immediately. The administrator will report the findings of his/her investigation and the action taken in writing to the complainant within fourteen (14) calendar days of the receipt of the complaint, either hand-delivered or by certified mail. Upon completion of the investigation, the administrator will take any corrective action necessary.

C. Step 3 - Should the employee feel that the action taken is insufficient; the initial report shall be sent to the District Superintendent or the district equity coordinator, Chris Foley (email: chris.foley@russellvilleschools.net or phone: 479.890.5733).

A summary of any previously proposed resolutions shall be included, along with a statement of the reasons why the proposed resolution is Russellville School District 5805 Page 2 of 2 deemed insufficient.

The complaint will be investigated immediately, and the conclusion of such investigation and the action taken will be reported in writing to the complainant within fourteen (14) calendar days, either hand-delivered or by certified mail.

D. Step 4 - If the problem is still unresolved after Step 3, the complainant may request in writing to the Superintendent a hearing before the Board of Education at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting. E. Step 5 - If the complainant is not satisfied with the proposed resolution of the complaint rendered by the Board of Education, the appeal may be made to the proper state or federal administrative or judicial forums.