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File a Complaint

You can report discrimination and harassment based on sex to any school staff member or to the district's Title IX Coordinator, Debbie Glass. You also have the right to file a complaint (see below). For a copy of your district's nondiscrimination policy and procedure, contact your school or district office or view it online here: MUHSD's Policies and Procedures.


Sexual Harassment

Students are protected against sexual harassment by anyone in any school program or activity, including on the school campus, on the school bus, or off-campus during a school-sponsored activity.

Sexual harassment is unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical behavior that is sexual in nature when:

  • A student is led to believe that he or she must submit to unwelcome sexual conduct or communications as a condition of the student’s academic status or progress, or the conduct is used as a basis for any decision affecting the student regarding a benefit or service, honors, a place on a sports team, programs, or other District activities, or
  • The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact on a student's educational performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment.


Examples of Sexual Harassment


  • Pressuring a person for sexual favors
  • Unwelcoming leering, sexual flirtations, or propositions
  • Unwelcome touching of a sexual nature (massaging, grabbing, fondling, stroking or brushing the body, or touching someone's clothes or body in a sexual manner)
  • Unwelcome sexual slurs, threats, verbal abuse, derogatory comments, or sexually degrading descriptions
  • Graphic verbal comments about an indivdual's body, or overly personal conversation
  • Writing graffiti of a sexual nature
  • Distributing sexually explicit texts, pictures, messages, emails, posters, notes, stories, cartoons, drawings (handwritten or computer generated)
  • Making sexual jokes, rumors, remarks
  • Sexual violence, including rape, sexual battery, sexual assault or sexual coercion
  • Dating violence and relationship abuse

Students also have the right to file a formal complaint (see below). For a copy of your district's sexual harassment policy and procedure, contact your school or district office, or view it online here:

MUHSD Parent Advisory of Rights (Section begins on page 18)


Complaint Options: Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

If you believe that you have experienced sexual harassment at school, you have the right to file a complaint with the district or the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”). If a crime is involved, such as sexual assault or rape, individuals may also file a report with the local police department. A person may pursue one or all of these avenues at the same time.

Before filing a complaint, you can discuss your concerns with the campus principal or with the school district's Director of Student Support or Title IX Coordinator, who are listed above. This is often the fastest way to revolve your concerns.

Complaint to the School District Step 1. Prepare Your Complaint

In most cases, complaints must be filed within six months from the date of the incident or conduct that is the subject of the complaint. A complaint may be verbal or written. Be sure to describe the conduct or incident and explain why you believe sexual harassment has taken place. Communicate your complaint to any school staff member or the district's Title IX Coordinator.

Step 2: School District Investigates Your Complaint

Once the district receives your complaint, the coordinator will give you a copy of the complaint procedure and make sure a prompt and thorough investigation takes place. The superintendent or designee will respond to you in writing.

Step 3: School District Responds to Your Complaint

In its written response, the district will include a summary of the results of the investigation. If it is determined that harassment occurred, the report shall also include any corrective actions that have or will be taken to address the harassment and prevent any retaliation or further harassment including information about any sanction imposed on the respondent which relates directly to the complainant.

Complaint to California Department of Education - Office of Equal Opportunity

If you do not agree with the school district's decision, state law provides the option to file a formal complaint with the California Department of Education - Office of Equal Opportunity. This is a separate complaint process that can take place if one of these two conditions has occurred: (1) you have completed the district's complaint and appeal process, or (2) the district has not followed the complaint and appeal process correctly.

You have 20 calendar days to file a complaint to the California Department of Education - Office of Equal Opportunity from the day you received the decision of the district.

You can send your written complaint to:

    • California Department of Education - Office of Equal Opportunity:

Email: oeoinfo@cde.ca.gov I Phone: 916-445-9174 I Fax: 360-664-2967

Mail or hand deliver: 1430 N Street, Suite 5602, Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

A student may also file a sex discrimination complaint with OCR. Instructions for filing a complaint are below:

OCR's How to File a Discrimination Complaint with the Office of Civil Rights


Complaint Options: Bullying and Non-Sexual Harassment

Students are protected against bullying and non-sexual harassment by anyone in any school program or activity, including on the school campus, on the school bus, or off-campus during a school-sponsored activity.

Bullying/ non-sexual harassment includes: physical, written, verbal, or other harassment, threats, intimidation, cyberbullying, causing bodily injury to, or committing hate violence against any other student or school personnel. Cyberbullying includes the transmission of harassing communications, direct threats or other harmful texts, sounds, or images on the Internet, social media or other technologies using a telephone, computer of any wireless communication device. It also includes breaking into another person’s electronic account and assuming that person’s identity in order to damage that person’s reputation. (BP 5131.2- Bullying).

Complaint to the School District Step 1. Prepare Your Complaint

File your complaint as soon as possible after the incident occurs. A complaint may be verbal or written. Be sure to describe the conduct or incident and explain why you believe bullying/ non-sexual harassment has taken place. Communicate your complaint to any school staff member.

Step 2: School District Investigates Your Complaint

Once the district receives your complaint, an administrator will explain the complaint procedure and make sure a prompt and thorough investigation takes place. The superintendent or designee will respond to you in writing.

Step 3: School District Responds to Your Complaint

In its written response, the district will include a summary of the results of the investigation. If it is determined that bullying/non-sexual harassment has occurred, the report shall also include any corrective actions that have or will be taken to address the harassment and prevent any retaliation or further harassment including information about any sanction imposed on the respondent which relates directly to the complainant.