STUDENT DUE PROCESS RIGHTS
Student complaints and grievances regarding board policy or administrative regulations and other matters should be addressed to the student's specific teacher, activity sponsor or other certified employee, other than the administration, for resolution of the complaint. It is the goal of the Board to resolve student complaints at the lowest organizational level.
All students will be afforded due process as guaranteed by constitutional provisions. Complaints involving student suspension, expulsion or mandatory reassignment will follow provisions of the Student Discipline Act. All other student complaints are to follow the chain of command as outlined in district policies. Rules for student conduct and appeal procedures will also be published in the student handbook.
If the complaint cannot be resolved by a certified employee, the student may discuss the matter with the principal within five (5) days of the employee's decision. If the matter cannot be resolved by the principal, the student may discuss it with the superintendent within five (5) days after speaking with the principal.
If the matter is not satisfactorily resolved by the superintendent, the student may appeal to the Board in writing. However, the Board will only directly consider appeals dealing with policies, procedures and programs. Any complaints involving employee issues will be passed on to the Board’s legal counsel to determine whether district policies and procedures were followed by the administrator in attempting to resolve the conflict.
Legal Reference: Neb. Statute 79-268 et seq.
Cross Reference: 204.10 Board Meeting Agenda
204.12 Public Participation in Board Meetings
301.04 Communication Channels
504 Student Rights and Responsibilities
506.06 Student Publications
1005.01 Public Complaints
Policy COLUMBUS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Adopted: 09/11/06 Columbus, Nebraska