Complaint Procedures

Complaint Department

Compliance Officer

The district designates Superintendent Scott Lyons as both the compliance officer and the district’s Title IX coordinator, responsible for coordinating the district’s response to complaints and for complying with state and federal civil rights laws.  Superintendent Lyons can be contacted at Sutter’s Mill School, 4801 Luneman Road, Placerville, (530) 626-3194, or emailed at

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On-Line Resources

The Governing Board recognizes that the district has the primary responsibility to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations governing educational programs. The Board encourages early resolution of complaints whenever possible. To resolve complaints which may require a more formal process, the Board adopts the uniform system of complaint processes specified in Board Policy/Administrative Regulation 1312.3, Uniform Complaint Procedures, and Administrative Regulation 5145.3, Nondiscrimination/Harassment.

Title IX

Title IX remains a critical federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on a student's sex (including sexual harassment), gender, gender identity, pregnancy, and parental status in our schools. It protects male and female students and employees in any educational entity that receives federal funds. In addition, Title IX protects transgender students and students who do not conform to sex stereotypes. State law also prohibits discrimination based on gender (sex), gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

Student Rights under Title IX

The list of rights under section 221.8, includes:

(a)    You have the right to fair and equitable treatment and you shall not be discriminated against based on your sex.

(b)    You have the right to be provided with an equitable opportunity to participate in all academic extracurricular activities, including athletics.

(c)    You have the right to inquire of the athletic director of your school as to the athletic opportunities offered by the school.

(d)    You have the right to apply for athletic scholarships.

(e)    You have the right to receive equitable treatment and benefits in the provision of all of the following:

        (1)    Equipment and supplies.

        (2)    Scheduling of games and practices.

 (3)    Transportation and daily allowances.

 (4)    Access to tutoring.

 (5)    Coaching.

 (6)    Locker rooms.

 (7)    Practice and competitive facilities.

 (8)    Medical and training facilities and services.

 (9)    Publicity.

(f)     You have the right to have access to a gender equity coordinator to answer questions regarding gender equity laws.    

(g)    You have the right to contact the State Department of Education and the California Interscholastic Federation to access information on gender equity laws.

(h)    You have the right to file a confidential discrimination complaint with the United States Office of Civil Rights or the State Department of Education if you believe you have been discriminated against or if you believe you have received unequal treatment on the basis of your sex.

(i)      You have the right to pursue civil remedies if you have been discriminated against.

(j)      You have the right to be protected against retaliation if you file a discrimination complaint.


Complaint Filing

When a verbal report of unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, retaliation, or bullying, is made to or received by the principal or compliance officer, he/she shall make a note of the report and encourage the student or parent/guardian to file the complaint in writing, pursuant to the provisions in AR 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures. Once notified verbally or in writing, the principal or compliance officer shall begin the investigation and shall implement immediate measures necessary to stop the discrimination and ensure that all students have access to the educational program and a safe school environment. The complaint shall be initiated no later than six months from the date when the alleged unlawful discrimination occurred, or six months from the date when the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged unlawful discrimination. The time for filing may be extended for up to 90 days by the Superintendent or designee for good cause upon written request by the complainant setting forth the reasons for the extension. Within 10 business days after the compliance officer receives the complaint, the compliance officer shall begin an investigation into the complaint.  Unless extended by written agreement with the complainant, a final decision shall be sent to the complainant within 60 calendar days of the district's receipt of the complaint. If the complainant is dissatisfied with the compliance officer's decision, he/she may, within five business days, file his/her complaint in writing with the Board.  Any complainant who is dissatisfied with the district's final written decision may file an appeal in writing with the California Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) within 15 calendar days of receiving the district's decision.