Harassment of staff (including those who volunteer their services) is prohibited and will not be tolerated. This includes inappropriate conduct by any person in the school environment, including other employees, Board members, parents, guests, teachers, contractors, vendors and volunteers. It is the policy of St. Mary’s School to provide a safe, positive work environment free of harassment of its entire staff.
Harassment is defined as inappropriate conduct that negatively impacts a staff member’s ability to perform his/her job. This would include harassment based on any of the legally protected characteristics, such as sex, race, color, national origin, religion age, height, weight, marital status or disability. This policy however is not limited to these legal categories and includes any harassment that would negatively impact a staff member, such as stalking, unwelcome taunting, teasing, intimidation, demeaning comments, verbal harassment or abuse, including racial slurs, mocking behavior, or other demeaning comments. If a staff member or other individual believes there has been harassment, regardless of whether it is stated here, she/he should report it and allow administration to determine the appropriate course of action.
Every staff member must report any situation that they believe to be harassment. Reports may be made first to the administrator. If the complaint relates to the Administrator, the Complaint may be filed with the Board President. All complaints will be investigated. The investigation will be handled as confidentially as possible under the circumstances.
If the investigation finds harassment occurred, it will result in prompt and appropriate action. This may include up to expulsion for students, up to discharge for employees, exclusion of parents, guests, volunteers and contacts and removal from any officer position and/or a request to resign for Board members with board decision.