Complaints

Notice of Student Nondiscrimination/Notice of Nondiscrimination

Davis Joint Unified School District is committed to making the schools free from unlawful discrimination and providing equal opportunities for all individuals in education. The District prohibits discriminatory practices whose purpose or effect has a negative impact on the student’s academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment. The District promotes programs that ensure that discriminatory practices are eliminated in all district activities. Any student who engages in discrimination of another student or anyone from the district may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

Any employee who permits or engages in discrimination may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. A student or parent/guardian who believes that discrimination has occurred may contact the principal for immediate resolution at the site. A student or parent/guardian is not required to attempt resolution through the school site before contacting the District Title IX Coordinator.

What is a complaint?

Generally, a complaint is an oral or written statement alleging a violation of federal or state laws or regulations, which may include an allegation of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying. A complaint can be pursued by following the complaint procedures listed below. If the complainant is unable to put the complaint in writing, due to conditions such as a disability or illiteracy, District staff shall assist the complainant in the writing of the complaint.

Questions? Please call the Student Support Services at (530) 757-5300 ext. 140

GENERAL COMPLAINT

Any staff member, parent, student, community member or applicant who has a complaint regarding an employee, a district policy, or other condition of the Davis Joint Unified School District may submit the complaint by completing the COMPLAINT FORM [English] [Spanish] and filing it with the school principal or appropriate District administrator. 

If your complaint alleges an issue of discrimination or failure to comply with certain specified state or federal laws, please use the Federal/State Uniform Complaint Form instead of this form.

Informal Complaint

We encourage you to talk to the school employee directly involved in the situation that is causing your complaint.

Here’s an example:

1.If your complaint is about something that happened in a classroom or the school site, talk to the teacher. If the teacher does not resolve your complaint, talk to the school principal.

2.If your complaint is about a principal or a district problem, call the District Office at: 530-757-5300. Talk to the office in charge of what you are complaining about:

Business Services:  ext. 122
Human Resources: ext. 105
Instructional Services/Curriculum: ext. 144
Special Education: ext. 113
Student Support Services (health, behavior, counseling, discipline):  ext. 140

If talking to the school/district employee in charge does not resolve your complaint, you can make a formal, written complaint.

Formal Written Complaint

Follow these steps:

1. Get a Complaint form from your school's main office, the district office, or online at www.djusd.net 

2. Fill out the Complaint form and give it to your school principal (for a school site problem) or a district administrator (for a complaint about a principal or a district  administrator)

3. Within 5 business days, the principal or district administrator will contact you to let you know what the next steps will be.  

4. If your complaint is about an employee, we are required to tell that employee about the complaint within 3 business days

5 .The District wants to resolve complaints through restorative measures and mediation whenever possible.  If you agree to mediation, the school principal/district administrator will work with you to expedite the process.

6.  If you decline mediation or mediation is unsuccessful, the principal, district administrator, or designee will investigate your complaint.  (This is called Findings of Facts)
  1. Within 30 business days, you will get a letter called an Administrative Response/Actions. This explains what we learned about the problem and how we will respond. (We cannot share detailed information that violates student or personnel privacy rights.)

 

How to Ask for an Appeal

If you disagree with our response, you may ask for an appeal within 10 business days.  Include in your appeal, a copy of your original Complaint Form, the principal’s or District’s Response, and a summary of why you believe the Response does not resolve the complaint.  If your complaint was investigated by a principal or designee, send the documents to the Director of Student Services. If your complaint was investigated by a district administrator, send your documents to the Superintendent.  The district administrator or Superintendent will conduct a Findings of Fact and will send you a response within 30 business days. If you still disagree with our Response, within 30 business days you may ask to speak to the School Board. The Board may agree to let you speak and present your evidence, or they may decide not to hear your complaint and the previous response stands as final. 


TITLE IX COMPLAINT

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. 1681 et. Seq. (Title IX) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities that receive or benefit from Federal financial assistance.  Generally, a school district may not excuse, deny or provide different or lesser services to applicants or beneficiaries on the basis of sex.  Sex discrimination includes a hostile environment created by sexual harassment or sexual violence in the education setting.

Title IX complaints can be filed by completing the UNIFORM COMPLAINT  FORM [English] [Spanish] and returning it to:

Director of Student Support Services, Laura Juanitas

Title IX Compliance Officer
Davis Joint Unified School District
526 B Street
Davis, CA  95616
(530) 757-5300 ext. 140
FAX: 530-757-5323
ljuanitas@djusd.net

UNIFORM COMPLAINT
​Filing a Uniform Complaint 

Pursuant to Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 1312.3, a Uniform Complaint can be made by any staff member, parent, student, community member or applicant who has a complaint alleging (1) unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, (such as sexual harassment, sexual violence or harassment based on a protected characteristic), intimidation, bullying, and retaliation, and (2) violations of other state and federal laws and regulations.  Uniform Complaints can be filed by completing the UNIFORM COMPLAINT FORM [English] [Spanish] and returning it to: 

Director of Student Support Services, Laura Juanitas
Uniform Complaint Compliance Officer
Davis Joint Unified School District
526 B Street
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 757-5300 ext. 140
FAX: 530-757-5323
ljuanitas@djusd.net

For details of the complaint process, refer to the second page of the complaint form.


WILLIAMS COMPLAINT
Filing a Williams Uniform Complaint 

Pursuant to Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 1312.4, Williams Complaint can be made by any staff member, parent, student, community member or applicant who has a complaint concerning deficiencies related to instructional materials, conditions of facilities that are not maintained in a clean or safe manner or in good repair, or teacher vacancy or misassignments.
Williams complaints can be filed by completing the WILLIAMS COMPLAINT FORM [English] [Spanish] and returning it to:

Director of Student Support Services, Laura Juanitas
Williams Complaint Compliance Officer
Davis Joint Unified School District
526 B Street
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 757-5300 ext. 140
FAX: 530-757-5323
ljuanitas@djusd.net

For details of the complaint process, refer to the second page of the complaint form.

STUDENT NUTRITION SERVICES COMPLAINT

​Filing a Student Nutrition Services Complaint 

Any staff member, parent, student, community member or applicant who has a complaint concerning discrimination stemming from the USDA Student Nutrition Lunch Program may submit to the Director of Student Nutrition Services, a USDA COMPLAINT FORM [English][Spanish].
For details of the complaint process, see the second page of the complaint form.

Director of Student Nutrition Services, Karen Harris
USDA Complaint Compliance Officer
Davis Joint Unified School District
1919 5th Street