The following procedure will be used to address all grievances or complaints:

A complaint may be filed by a student, employee, or applicant for employment or participation in an educational program who believes discrimination or unfair treatment has been practiced against him/her or that practiced or procedures will result in discrimination against them.

Efforts must first be made by the complainant to resolve the differences with the person or persons responsible for such alleged discrimination or mistreatment.

In the event a complaint cannot be resolved as provided in (2) above, the complaint must be submitted to the superintendent. All complaints must be in writing and included specific evidence of discrimination or mistreatment, be signed by the complainant, and filed within three (3) working days after a solution has been attempted and failed or 7 working days after the alleged discrimination or mistreatment occurred.

The superintendent or compliance administrator shall conduct an investigation on the written complaint.

The superintendent may render judgment on the validity of the complaint or may refer it to the Board of Education for hearing of the allegation. The superintendent shall notify the complainant with 3 working days either that no hearing is warranted or notification of the scheduling of a hearing. If no hearing is warranted, a written response will be mailed to the complainant within 10 working days after the receipt of the written complaint. In the event of a hearing, those accused of discrimination or practices will also be notified of the scheduled hearing.

The complainant and/or person accused of discrimination or mistreatment may bring legal counsel or an advisor to the hearing. Legal counsel will not be permitted to speak for their client and may act only in an advisory capacity except as provided by TCA 49-5-512.

If the complainant is not satisfied with the action, he/she may appeal the decision to the following:

Wayne County Board of Education                              Director of the Office for Civil Rights

419 South Main Street                                                   Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare

Waynesboro, TN  38485                                               Washington, D.C.


Compliance Administrators for:

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972

(Race, sex, color or national origin)

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

(Handicapping Conditions)


Walter Butler                                                                     Director of the Office for Civil Rights

Marlon Davis                                                                     Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare

Wayne County Board of Education                                Washington, D.C.

419 South Main Street

Waynesboro, TN 38485