Equal Opporunity Institution

Grand Rapids Public Schools, as an Equal Opportunity Institution, complies with federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment, including Title IV and Title VII (with amendments) of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974 as amended 38 USC 20-12 and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. It is the policy of the school board that no person, on the basis of race, sex, height, weight, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, disability or veteran status, shall be discriminated against in educational programs and activities, employment and admission. The District’s Civil Rights Compliance Officer is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Mr. Johnson may be contacted at 1331 Franklin S.E., P.O. 117, Grand Rapids, MI 49501-0117 or (616) 819-2100.

Complaint Procedure

Any student, employee or vendor of the District who believes that his or her civil rights have been violated should immediately contact the District's Civil Rights Compliance Officer. Subject to the rights of students or employees, the District will make efforts to keep complainants advised of the progress of the investigation and of any decision it reaches concerning the situation. If any of the involved parties have questions concerning the progress of the investigation or actions taken by the District to remediate any discrimination, sexual harassment, or other misconduct that may have occurred, please feel free to contact the Civil Rights Compliance Officer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Follow-Through At The Conclusion Of The Investigation

If it is concluded, following the investigation, that the allegations have merit and that action will be taken to remediate the situation, the District will follow it’s procedures to attempt to prevent a reoccurrence of discrimination, sexual harassment and/or improper conduct. If there is any repeat of improper conduct we ask that the complainant immediately notify their supervisor, the building principal and/or the Civil Rights Compliance Officer immediately.

Retaliation by anyone against an individual who has reported improper conduct, including sexual harassment is strictly forbidden. If the complainant believes that anyone is retaliating against them in any way, they must notify their supervisor, building principals and/or the Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator immediately.

Administrator/Staff Responsibilities

Any administrator or staff member who observes or receives a complaint of harassment or discrimination must do the following:

1. Report such activity immediately to the Human Resource Office and your immediate supervisor. Cooperate in the investigation and enforcement of the Board policy and laws as requested.