Know Your Rights

What You Need to Know About Filing a Report

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

There are a few important 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 protected under Title IX, which entitles you to file a bullying, harassment, or discrimination claim with Office for Civil Rights.
  • Time is of the essence.  A complaint must be filed within 180 days of when the discrimination or bullying and harassment 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 bullying, harassment, or discrimination.  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, or testified, assisted, or participated in any manner 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.

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Get more answers or help with filing a report from PFLAG National or GLSEN now.


PFLAG National
Diego Sanchez, Director of Policy
Phone: (202) 467-8180 ext. 221 

GLSEN Public Policy Office
Shawn Gaylord, Director of Public Policy
Phone: (202) 621-5822