Equal Opportunity 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 shall be discriminated against in educational programs and activities, employment, or admission, on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, height, weight, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, pregnancy, disability or veteran status. The District’s Civil Rights Coordinator is Ms.  Sharron Pitts. Ms. Pitts may be contacted at 1331 Franklin S.E., P.O. 117, Grand Rapids, MI 49501-0117 or (616) 819-2022.

Complaint Procedure

Any student, employee or vendor of the District who believes that his/her/their civil rights have been violated should immediately contact the District's Civil Rights Coordinator. All complaints of discrimination will be investigated, and the results of the investigation and any action taken will be communicated to the parties. If any of the involved parties have questions concerning the progress of the investigation or actions taken by the District to remediate any discrimination, please contact the Civil Rights Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Pitts.

Title IX Complaints

Sexual harassment of school District elected officials or candidates for the Board of Education, District employees, vendors, contractors or others doing business with the District, students, parent(s)/ guardian(s), invitees, volunteers or guests, will not be tolerated. All District employees have a responsibility to report known or suspected instances of sexual harassment that occurs at any location, event, or circumstances over which GRPS has control within the United States to the Title IX Coordinator, Mr. Kurt Johnson, Grand Rapids Public Schools, 1331 Franklin SE., PO Box 117, Grand Rapids, MI  49501-0117, Phone: (616) 819-2010, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  To see the District’s Sexual Harassment policies, please click on Board Policy 5037, 5037-R for employees; and Board Policy 8575, 8575-R for students.

Formal complaints filed either by the Complainant or the Title IX Coordinator will be promptly and thoroughly investigated in accordance with the District’s grievance procedure.  The complaint and grievance process can be found in the Sexual Harassment policy rules (5037-R and 8575-R) linked above.   

No Retaliation

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 principal and/or the Civil Rights Coordinator immediately.

Employee Title IX Training

The Title IX Coordinator, anyone investigating a complaint of sexual harassment, anyone making a final decision based on an investigation report, and anyone hearing an appeal of a decision based on an investigation report shall be trained in the Title IX law and regulations, the investigation procedures and requirements, the decision making process, and the appeal process.  The training materials are located here.

Sharron Pitts
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources & General Counsel and District’s Civil Rights Coordinator
1331 Franklin S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Phone: (616) 819-2022
Fax: (616) 819-3492

  • Sharron Pitts Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and General Counsel