Independent Review

As provided by 16 V.S.A. §565(f)(2), a complainant or his/her parents/guardians may ask for an independent review of a school's handling of a harassment complaint if:

A. The complainant believes that the school did not correctly analyze the complaint and failed to conduct an investigation of the incident in question believing that the alleged conduct may not rise to the level of unlawful harassment (see 16 V.S.A. §14(a)); or,

B. the complainant was dissatisfied with the final determination of the school officials as to whether harassment occurred; or,

C. although final determination was made that harassment occurred, the complainant believes that the school’s response was inadequate to correct the problem.

In addition, a school may request an independent review for itself.

If a complainant wishes to request an independent review, he/she must do so by submitting a written request to the superintendent of schools.  The superintendent will then choose a neutral independent reviewer from a list of 9 persons (see list below) designated by the Vermont Department of Education and Vermont Human Rights Commission to conduct independent reviews.  The school district/supervisory union will bear the cost of the independent review.