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Uniform Complaint Procedures

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District has the primary responsibility to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations governing educational programs. The Board encourages the early, informal resolution of complaints whenever possible and appropriate. 

Uniform Complaint Procedures BP 1312.3
Uniform Complaint Procedures AR 1312.3

Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) have been adopted to resolve complaints which cannot be resolved through the informal process. BP 1312.3 and AR 1312.3 outline how complaints alleging violation of state or federal laws governing educational programs, allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying, the charging of unlawful pupil fees and the non-compliance of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) are addressed. 

General Information

The district shall follow uniform complaint procedures when addressing complaints alleging unlawful discrimination against any protected group as identified under Education Code 200 and 220 and Government Code 11135, including actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color, or mental or physical disability, or age, bullying or when a charge of an impermissible fee is alleged, 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 district program or activity that receives or benefits from state financial assistance. (5 CCR 4610). 

Uniform complaint procedures shall also be used when addressing complaints alleging failure to comply with state and/or federal laws in adult education programs, consolidated categorical aid programs, migrant education, career technical and technical education and career technical and technical training programs, child care and development programs, child nutrition programs, and special education programs. (5 CCR 4610)

Types of Uniform Complaints

The Uniform Complaint Procedures shall be used when addressing complaints alleging failure to comply with state and/or federal laws in: 

  • Accommodations for Pregnant and Parenting Students 
  • Adult Education  
  • After School Education and Safety 
  • Agricultural Career Technical Education
  • Career Technical Education 
  • Child Care and Development Programs 
  • Compensatory Education
  • Consolidated Categorical Aid Programs 
  • Course Periods without educational content
  • Discrimination, Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying, and Title IX
  • Educational and graduation requirements for students in foster care, homeless students, students from military families, and students formerly in a juvenile court school 
  • Every Student Succeeds Act
  • Local Control and Accountability Plans 
  • Migrant Education
  • Physical Education instructional minutes
  • Student Fees
  • Reasonable Accommodations to a lactating student 
  • Regional Occupational Centers and Programs 
  • School Plans for Student Achievement
  • School Safety Plans
  • School Site Councils
  • State Preschool Programs
  • State Preschool Health & Safety Issues in license-exempt programs
  • Any complaint 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 this policy
  •  Any other state or federal educational program the State Superintendent of Public Instruction or designee deems appropriate

Other Types of Complaints

Uniform Complaint Procedure

Contact Us

Sarah Coley
Uniform Complaints Officer
Administrative Director I, Student Services