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The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction provides equal opportunity by complying with all Federal laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination, and with requirements set forth by the U.S. Department of Education and North Dakota State Government. If you cannot fully access the information on any web page of this site, please let us know the accessibility issue by contacting Ross Roemmich, Management Information Director, at (701) 328-2189 or by e- mail at rkroemmich@nd.gov. We will try to provide the information to you in an alternate format and/or make the necessary improvements to make the information accessible. If you would like to file a formal grievance under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, you may contact our Section 504/Title II coordinator, Melissa Olson, at (701) 328-2714 or by e-mail at melissaolson@nd.gov. You may also complete the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction grievance form and indicate the issue.
 

COMPLAINT PROCESS

Federal regulations require that each state adopt procedures for receiving and resolving complaints.  It may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, programs or activities by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. 

The complaint should be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination such as name—last, first, middle, date, address, email address of complainant, location of alleged incidence, date, and description.  Alternative means of filing a complaint, such as a personal interview or an audio recording of the complaint will be made available upon contacting the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction at (701) 328-2267.

The complaint should be submitted by the complainant and/or their designee before, but not later than sixty (60) days after the alleged misdoing. The complaint may be submitted electronically via the grievance form or mail a hard copy to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction at 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Department 201, Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0440.

When a written complaint is filed, NDDPI 504 Coordinator or the Director of Information, Communications and Research will investigate the alleged violation. The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction may wish to meet with the complainant and discuss the misdoing and possible resolutions in person within sixty (60) calendar days from the date the complaint is received. Regardless whether a meeting is held, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction will investigate and issue a written response, and where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant.  The investigation and response will be initiated and completed within sixty (60) days from the date the complaint is received.

Once a response is received from the NDDPI, the person making the complaint may submit a reconsideration request or appeal in writing to the State Superintendent within thirty (30) days of the date of NDDPI’s response.  The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s State Superintendent will issue a final decision within thirty (30) days of the request for reconsideration.

Once a response is received from the State Superintendent, the complainant may submit a reconsideration request in writing to the Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20208.