Accreditation Complaint Pre-Qualification
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The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) lacks the authority to investigate allegations of civil rights violations. U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights maintains jurisdiction to investigate allegations of violations of civil rights.
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights
Is this a Discrimination complaint?
The Mississippi Department of Education lacks the authority to investigate allegations of discrimination, harassment, bullying, and
retaliation within local school districts. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission maintains jurisdiction to investigate charges
of discrimination, including instances of harassment, hostile work environment, and retaliation. Additionally, under Miss Code Ann. § 37-11-69,
school districts are mandated to include in its personnel policies, discipline policies and code of student conduct a prohibition against
bullying or harassing behaviour, and adopt procedures for reporting, investigating, and addressing such behaviour. Please contact your local
school district for more information on how to report allegations of discrimination, harassment, bullying and retaliation within your local
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Is this complaint regarding allegations of possible violations by a local school district or local school board of the Open Meetings Act (access to public meetings) or the Mississippi Public Records Act of 1983 (access to public records)?
The Mississippi Ethics Commission enforces the Open Meetings Act and the Mississippi Public Records Act of 1983, and thus maintains jurisdiction to investigate alleged violations of the Open Meetings Act and Public Records Act.
Mississippi Ethics Commission
Is this suspected Fraud/Waste/Abuse within a local school district?
Suspected Fraud, Waste and Abuse within a local Education Agency (Local School District) may be reported directly to the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor.
Mississippi Office of the State Auditor
Suspected fraud, waste and abuse may be reported directly to the Office of the State Auditor’s website. If the fraud/waste/abuse is suspected within the MDE, the MDE’s policy can be found here:
Mississippi Department of Education Fraud / Waste / Abuse Policy