In order to uphold core principles stated within its Handbook, the WIAA may sanction schools that fail to protect those involved in interscholastic activities from derogatory or inappropriate behavior deemed harmful to physical or mental well-being.
NOTE: The WIAA is not an appropriate organization with whom to report instances of physical or sexual abuse towards a student. Mandatory reporters or patrons with direct knowledge of physical or sexual abuse should report to law enforcement or Child Protective Services immediately.
The following complaints, regarded as employee or student discipline matters only, shall be returned to the complainant:
- Matters of employment and/or employee discipline, which can best be resolved through the school district’s complaint process, including but not limited to: playing time, team level assignments (Varsity/JV), assignment of a student to a specific coach, equipment use, or dissatisfaction with a contract or payment term.
- Matters of student discipline, which can best be resolved through the school district’s complaint process, including but not limited to: academic eligibility, drug/alcohol use, playing time or playing position, specific workout requirements, or dissatisfaction with a calendar, schedule, or event location.
Complaints which are outside the scope of the WIAA will be returned to the complainant via the contact address provided.
The WIAA is not empowered to change an educator’s or coach's employment status. The WIAA may not force an employing school district to take certain disciplinary actions against a student, staff member, or public visitor. Based on information received, the WIAA may prioritize the investigation of certain reports over others.
Anonymous complaints will not be considered by the WIAA. Complainants must include their name and contact information (phone, email, or mailing address) to assist in the prompt investigation of concerns. If you wish to remain anonymous, please speak with a school principal (or other school official) about alternative options for reporting to the WIAA. Whenever possible, complainants are encouraged to provide first-hand accounts that include names and contact information for witnesses.
Upon a ruling by the Executive Director or by the Executive Board, the member school of the accused party may be subject to probation, mandatory appearance before the Executive Board, a required plan of action, forfeitures, fines, a lack of institutional control penalties, suspension of membership, or expulsion from the Association. The Executive Director or the Executive Board may determine that no penalties are necessary when an incident has been handled appropriately and in a timely fashion by the school and/or district of the accused party.
- Complainant creates and completes each section of the Complaint Form.
- Once submitted, the WIAA is notified of the complaint.
- The WIAA notifies all parties/individuals included on the complaint form.
- A confirmation is sent to the complainant within 48 hours, acknowledging receipt.
- Every effort is made to complete the investigation process within 30 days; however, should the investigation require more time, a 30-day status update shall be provided.
If you have questions or comments about the Discriminatory Harassment Complaint Form process, please contact Nick Mendro (Content Development Specialist). If you have other questions regarding the WIAA's policy on bias reporting beyond the scope of the complaint form, please contact either Sam Brown (Director of Appeals & Education Development) or Mick Hoffman (Executive Director).