Dresden School Board Sexual Harassment Policy GBAA-R
PROCEDURES FOR RESPONDING TO COMPLAINTS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT FRANCES C. RICHMOND SCHOOL AND HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL
1. Tell the offender directly that you find his/her conduct to be unwelcome and offensive and that you would like the behavior to stop.
2. Tell someone else. If you feel uncomfortable confronting the offender, or if you have confronted the offender and the offensive behavior continues, talk with someone — your parent, a school staff person — who can help.
3. Contact the school’s Title IX designee1 to report the alleged sexual harassment. The Title IX designee will listen and ask questions about the alleged incident. The Title IX designee will recommend options depending on the nature of the incident and how you wish to proceed. He or she will also explain the school’s responsibilities if the incident is, in his or her assessment, a serious one.
With your permission, the Title IX designee will meet separately with the alleged offender to hear his or her version of the incident.
If the complainant is a student, and if the alleged offender admits that he or she has sexually harassed the student, the Title IX designee will inform the Principal. If the alleged offender is a student, the Principal will contact the alleged offender’s parents and will determine appropriate sanctions and consequences. If the alleged offender is an employee, the Principal will determine the appropriate course of action.
The Title IX designee will inform you, the complainant, of the outcome and document the incident and the school’s response. All documentation will be kept in the confidential files of the school’s Title IX designee.
If the alleged offender denies sexually harassing you, the Title IX designee may recommend that you initiate a formal complaint. This process is explained in Section 4 of these procedures. If you have a concern that a school employee may be sexually harassing you, or that an adult may be sexually harassing you on the school grounds or at a school sponsored event, you are urged to inform the Title IX designee or the Principal immediately.
A school employee who has knowledge of another employee sexually harassing a student must inform the Principal or Title IX designee.
In the case of students under 18, when an instance of sexual harassment is considered sexual abuse under state law, it must be reported to the mandated state agency.
For the purpose of these procedures, the building level “Title IX designee” shall be that person designated by the Principal or Superintendent to hear complaints of sexual harassment. Other Title IX issues should be directed to the District Title IX Coordinator, Superintendent’s Office, 41 Lebanon Street, Suite 2, Hanover, NH 03755.
4. File a Formal Complaint. To file a formal complaint, contact the Title IX designee or the Principal. If you are a student, the Title IX designee or the Principal will discuss with you at what point your parents should be notified. The procedures for filing a formal complaint are as follows:
a. You will be asked to give a written statement documenting the incident(s). The statement should include a description of the incident(s), the name of the alleged offender, dates, times, locations, specific words or actions, and the names of any witnesses to the incident(s).
b. The Principal will meet with the alleged offender. Every effort will be made to schedule this meeting within one work/school day following the receipt of the written complaint. If the alleged offender is a student, the Principal will inform his or her parents that a formal complaint has been made. The alleged offender will be asked to respond to the complaint in writing. Depending on the nature of the allegation, the Principal and Title IX designee will decide whether it is necessary to restrict contact between the alleged offender and you during the investigation process.
c. If the alleged offender confirms the allegations, the Principal will decide what sanction is appropriate and inform the offender of that sanction. Sanctions against a student may include, but are not limited to, an oral warning or reprimand, a written warning or reprimand, counseling, suspension (either in school or out), or expulsion. A recommendation for expulsion must be approved by the Superintendent. Sanctions against employees shall be administered by the Principal and/or Superintendent and noted in the personnel file.
d. If the alleged offender denies the allegations, the Principal and the school Title IX designee will conduct an investigation of the incident(s). The Principal and the Title IX designee have the option of involving a third party to assist in the investigation. The investigation will involve taking statements from witnesses and from persons who may have knowledge of the alleged incident(s) or of the circumstances giving rise to the complaint. Interviews will be conducted privately and individually and all statements documented in writing. The interviewing of witnesses will take place as soon as possible, preferably no later than a week after the original complaint is filed.
e. The Title IX designee and the Principal will complete the investigation in a timely fashion by making a finding. This finding will be documented in a written report that will be kept in the Title IX designee’s confidential file. Possible findings include: a substantiated complaint, an unsubstantiated complaint, or a knowingly false claim.
f. The Principal and the Title IX designee will communicate their finding, and, if appropriate, a sanction to the alleged offender. If there is a finding of guilt, and the offender is a student, the sanctions against the student may include, but are not limited to, an oral warning or reprimand, a written warning or reprimand, counseling, suspension (either in school or out of school), or expulsion. If a formal complaint against an employee is substantiated, a record of the substantiated complaint will be included in the employee’s file, subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable negotiated agreement. Where a negotiated agreement does not exist, the Superintendent shall direct that a record of the substantiated complaint be placed in the employee’s file. Sanctions against an employee shall be administered by the Principal and/or Superintendent.
g. The Title IX designee will inform you, the person making the complaint, of the finding. The Title IX designee may provide further information, e.g., about sanctions, if it is possible to do so within the limits of the offender’s right to confidentiality.
5. Right to Recourse. If you (or your parents if you are a student) are dissatisfied with the handling of a sexual harassment complaint by the school, you can contact the District Title IX Coordinator. The District Title IX Coordinator is the Superintendent’s designee for sexual harassment complaints. The District Title IX Coordinator can be reached by calling (603) 643-6050 to request an appointment, or by writing to District Title IX Coordinator, SAU 70, 41 Lebanon Street, Suite 2, Hanover, NH 03755. Upon receiving notification that a person wishes to have a complaint reviewed, the District Title IX Coordinator will provide a copy of the procedures that will be followed.
Dresden School Board Approved: 1 September 1994