How to Report Bullying and Discrimination

TAKE ACTION 

If you have experienced school-based bullying, harassment, or discrimination, file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education today. 

Things to know about filing a complaint:

  • You are entitled to file a claim. Nearly every public school receives some level of federal funding and is therefore  covered by Title IX, which entitles you to file a bullying, harassment, or discrimination claim with OCR
  • Time is of the essence. A complaint must be filed within 180 days of when the bullying, harassment, or discrimination occurred
  • Your confidentiality is assured. Every claim remains confidential and will not be shared without permission
  • A third party may file a claim on behalf of another. In other words, the person making the complaint doesn’t have to be the one who experienced the harassment. A friend, family member or school faculty can file the complaint
  • It’s safe. The school cannot retaliate against anyone who has made a complaint, testified, assisted, or participated in an investigation or proceeding under Title IX
  • You must complete the entire form in order for the report to be counted. Make sure to fill out the entire form. Incomplete information will result in a dismissal of your complaint

How to file a complaint: 

Go to: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html to file online. Read the instructions and click Continue to Complaint Form at the bottom of the page to get started. You may, in addition, share your complaints with the main office by emailing ocr@ed.gov

You can also file a complaint with the Department of Justice (DOJ). There is no time limit to file the complaint, but the DOJ does not investigate all claims. The Department accepts potential complaints via email and phone. Additional information can be found here: http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/edu/documents/filecomp.pdf

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