Filing a Complaint

While the NEHS national office cannot hear appeals or render decisions regarding selection or dismissal of students, the office does investigate complaints involving a chapter’s noncompliance with the NEHS National Constitution and/or policies of NEHS. The national office has established official guidelines for handling complaints from parents or other interested parties regarding the activities of active NEHS member chapters.

Step 1: Contact your chapter adviser and principal.
The first step to filing a complaint with the NEHS national office is to raise your concerns regarding the violations with the chapter adviser and the principal of the school.

Step 2: Should the principal not resolve or correct the policy violations, the next step is to bring these concerns to the school district superintendent (or equivalent person in the private school hierarchy.)

The national office will only pursue matters on your behalf if proof of these contacts is provided, and the local administration has had an opportunity to address and correct the issue(s).

Step 3: Review the NEHS complaint process FAQ.
Before you begin the complaint process, please visit the NEHS complaint process FAQ page to make sure that filing a formal complaint is the right action for you to take and you are familiar with the procedures and possible outcomes that may result.

Step 4: Submit a completed NEHS complaint with supporting documents. 
To ensure a thorough review of your concerns, complete the official NEHS complaint form online and provide all required information. Updates regarding the status of a complaint will be sent via email or will come directly from the school. Complaints are reviewed within 20 business days of submission.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • Please include copies of chapter bylaws, dismissal and selection procedures, and any other relevant correspondence with the school. Bylaws are typically provided to NEHS members by the chapter adviser or school principal. Chapters are required to publish their selection procedures and provide dismissal information upon request. If these documents do not exist or the chapter is unwilling or unable to provide them, please note this in your complaint submission.
  • Please do not embellish or otherwise misrepresent actions of the chapter and avoid including any unfounded allegations or rumors in your correspondence.
  • Please do not include academic records, medical records, recommendations, legal documents, or other privileged information. All complaints and supporting documents become the property of NEHS and cannot be returned.

Complete a complaint form online