Students, parents, employees, applicants for admission and employment, third parties, and sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment with Hope Academy have the right to file a complaint alleging noncompliance with the regulations outlined in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
Complaints may be filed with the Chief Administrator, Hope Academy's Title IX Coordinator:
Laura A. Carroll : 89 Marsh Hill Road, Orange, CT 06477
Phone: (203) 799-6000
Employees or students claiming sexual harassment or other sex discrimination may first discuss the grievance with their principal or immediate supervisor, with the object of resolving the matter informally. A student, parent, employee or third party individual with a sex discrimination/harassment complaint may discuss it with the teacher, counselor, or Administrator involved. Level I of the grievance procedure is informal and optional and may be by passed by the grievant.
If the grievance is not resolved at Level 1 with the Administrator or Designee and the grievant wishes to pursue the grievance, or if Level I is not appropriate for resolving the grievance, the grievance may be formalized by filing a written complaint, providing an interview, or an assisted written complaint when necessary. The Administrator or Designee will seek a list of witnesses or evidence from the grievant, the accused and others as relevant as part of the investigation. The Administrator will conduct a formal investigation under the direct supervision of Hope Academy's Title IX Coordinator, Mrs. Laura A. Carroll. The complaint shall state the nature of the grievance and the remedy requested. The filing of the formal, written complaint at Level 2 must be within six months from the day of the event giving rise to the grievance or from the date the grievant could reasonably become aware of such an occurrence. The grievant may request that a meeting concerning the complaint be held with the Title IX Coordinator. A minor student may be accompanied at that meeting by a parent or guardian. A written report from the Administrator to the grievant and accused regarding action taken will be sent within fifteen (15) working days after receipt of the complaint.
If the complaint is not resolved at Level 2, the grievant or accused may proceed to Level 3 by presenting a written appeal to the Chief Administrator within ten (10) working days after the grievant receives the report from the Administrator or Designee. The grievant or accused may request a meeting with the Chief Administrator or his/her designee. The Chief Administrator or his/her designee has the option of meeting with the grievant or accused to discuss the appeal. A written decision will be rendered by the Chief Administrator or his/her designee within ten (10) working days after receiving the written appeal.
The procedure in no way denies the right of the grievant or accused to file a formal complaint at any time with the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, or other agencies available for mediation or rectification of grievances, or to seek private counsel for complaints alleging discrimination.