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Report Bullying, Harassment, and Discrimination in Schools

You can do something!

 

posted: March 16, 2017

be aware and ready to take action!

 

HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT

Click here to file your complaint online. Read the instructions and click Continue to Electronic Complaint Form at the bottom of the page to get started.

 

For more guidance from PFLAG National:

Claim Your Rights

Claim Your Rights Fact Sheet

 

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT FILING A COMPLAINT

You are entitled to file a claim. Nearly every public school receives some level of federal funding and is therefore protected under Title IX, which entitles you to file a bullying, harassment, or discrimination claim with OCR.

 

Time is of the essence. A complaint must be filed within 180 days of when the bullying, harassment, or discrimination occurred.

 

Your confidentiality is assured. Every claim remains confidential and will not be shared without permission.

 

A third party may file a claim on behalf of another person. In other words, the person making the complaint doesn’t have to be the one who experienced the harassment. A friend, family member or school faculty member can file the complaint.

 

It’s safe. The school cannot retaliate against anyone who has made a complaint, or testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation or proceeding under Title IX.

 

You must complete the entire form in order for the report to be counted. Make sure to fill out the entire form. Incomplete information will result in a dismissal of your complaint.

 

However, Title IX does not explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, so it's important to report "sex" as one of the bases for discrimination.

 

 

BACKGROUND

Many students have experienced bullying, harassment, or discrimination in school because of sexual orientation or gender identity. According to GLSEN, approximately 85% of high school students report being harassed in school because of their real or perceived sexual orientation and 64% of students report being harassed for being too masculine or too feminine.

 

What is Title IX, and how is it relevant?

Nearly every public school that receives federal funding is protected under Title IX. Title IX prohibits harassment directed at an LGBTQ student that is sexual in nature, and also prohibits gender-based harassment, including protections for gender expansive students who don’t conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity and femininity.

 

The Office for Civil Rights handles these complaints:

How OCR Handles Complaints

Questions and Answers on OCR's Complaint Process

 

San Francisco Office:

Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education

50 United Nations Plaza

San Francisco, CA 94102

Telephone: (415) 486-5555

Facsimile: (415) 486-5570

Email: OCR.SanFrancisco@ed.gov

 

Headquarters:

Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-1100

Customer Service Hotline #: (800) 421-3481

TTY#: (800) 877-8339

Email: OCR@ed.gov

Web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr

 

 

 

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