Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP)
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The Los Angeles Unified School District has the primary responsibility to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations and shall investigate complaints alleging failure to comply with those laws and regulations, including but not limited to, allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying against any protected group or noncompliance with laws relating to all programs and activities implemented by the District that are subject to the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP). The District shall seek to resolve those complaints of noncompliance pursuant to procedures in §§4600-4694 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR) and the District’s governing board policies and procedures under the UCP, including allegations of retaliation for participation in the UCP process and/or to appeal District decisions regarding such complaints.
The UCP process may be used to address complaints alleging:
- Adult education programs established pursuant to §§8500 to 8538, inclusive and §§52500 to 52617, inclusive
- Consolidated categorical aid programs as listed in §64000(a)
- Migrant child education established pursuant to §§54440 to 54445, inclusive
- Career technical and technical education and career technical and technical training programs established pursuant to §§52300 to 52462, inclusive
- Child care and development programs established pursuant to §§ 8200 to 8498, inclusive
- Unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying of protected groups identified under §§200 and 220 and §11135 of the Government Code, including any actual or perceived characteristic as set forth in §422.55 of the Penal Code, or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, in any program or activity conducted by an educational institution, as defined in §210.3, that is funded directly by, or that receives or benefits from, any state financial assistance. (related to employee-to-student, student-to-student, student-to-employee, third party to student, employee-to-third party)
- Lactation accommodations pursuant to §222
- Educational rights of foster youth pursuant to §§48853, 48853.5, and 49069.5, and graduation requirements for foster youth, homeless youth, and other youth (e.g., former juvenile court school pupils, children of military families, newcomers and migratory education students) pursuant to §51225.1,
- Pupil Fees pursuant to §§49010 to 49013, inclusive
- Courses of study without educational content pursuant to §51228.3
- Physical education instructional minutes pursuant to §51223
- Local control and accountability plans (LCAP) pursuant to §52075
- Juvenile court schools, including former students, pursuant to §48645.7
- School safety plans pursuant to §32289
- Deficiencies related to preschool health and safety issues for a California state preschool program pursuant to §8235.5
- Any other state or federal educational program the Superintendent of Public Instruction deems appropriate
- And/or to appeal District decisions regarding such complaints.
The UCP may also be used to address complaints alleging retaliation against a complainant or other participant in the complaint process or anyone who has acted to uncover or report a violation subject to the regulations governing the UCP process. When an allegation that is not subject to the UCP is included in a UCP complaint, the Educational Equity Compliance Office will refer the non-UCP allegation to the appropriate staff or agency and shall work to resolve any UCP-related allegation(s) through the District's UCP process. UCP brochures are available at all school sites in the primary languages of that school community. Complainants are encouraged, where possible, to try to resolve their complaints directly at the school or work site or with their Local District.
Any individual, including a person’s duly authorized representative, public agency, or organization may file a written complaint alleging a matter which, if true, would constitute a violation by the District of federal or state laws or regulations governing the programs and activities as well as allegations of unlawful discrimination identified above. UCP complaints are to be submitted in writing to:
Los Angeles Unified School District
Educational Equity Compliance Office, 18th Floor
333 South Beaudry Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Any complainant has the right to file a written complaint of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying on the basis of a protected category within six months from the date the alleged incident occurred or the complainant first obtained knowledge/facts of the alleged incident. Otherwise, complaints shall be filed no later than one year from the date the alleged violation occurred. For LCAP, the date of the alleged violation is the date when the reviewing authority approves the LCAP or annual update that was adopted by the District.
Any person with a disability or who is unable to prepare a written complaint can receive assistance from the site-administrator/designee or by calling the Educational Equity Compliance Office at (213) 241-7682.
The District assures confidentiality to the maximum extent possible. The District prohibits retaliation against anyone who files a complaint or anyone who participates in the complaint investigation process. Complainants are advised that civil law remedies may also be available to them.
The sixty (60) day timeline for the investigation and District response shall begin when the written complaint is received by the Educational Equity Compliance Office.
UCP Policy, Brochures, and Complaint Forms
The District takes your concerns seriously. For resources and information regarding how and when to file a complaint, please contact the Educational Equity Compliance Office at:(213) 241-7682 (office)(213) 241-3312 (fax)EquityCompliance@lausd.net (email)Alternative means of filing a complaint will be available to individuals with disabilities who require such an alternative.