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Student Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying Policy

Student Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying Policy

Overview

The Windham Northeast Supervisory Union and its member school districts (hereinafter "District") are committed to providing all students with a safe and supportive school environment where all members of the school community are treated with respect.

Policies and Procedures

Our district prohibits the unlawful harassment, hazing, and bullying of students. These actions may violate various federal and state laws, including Vermont's Public Accommodations Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Title IX of the federal Education Amendments Act of 1972.

For detailed information, please refer to the following district policies:

Reporting Complaints of Hazing, Harassment, and/or Bullying

Student Reporting

Any student who believes they have been subjected to or have witnessed harassment, hazing, or bullying should report the incident to a designated employee or any school employee.

School Employee Reporting

Any school employee who witnesses or receives information about conduct that might constitute hazing, harassment, or bullying must take reasonable action to stop the conduct, report it to a designated employee, and complete a Student Conduct Form.

Other Reporting

Any other person who witnesses conduct that they reasonably believe might constitute hazing, harassment, or bullying should promptly report the conduct to a designated employee.

Documentation of the Report

If the complaint is oral, the designated employee shall promptly reduce it to writing using a Student Conduct Form.

False Complaints

Any person who knowingly makes a false accusation may be subject to disciplinary action.

Rights to Alternative Complaint Process

Complaints can also be filed with the Vermont Human Rights Commission or the Office for Civil Rights of the US Department of Education.

Contact Information

Designated Employees by School:

School Designated Employee #1 Designated Employee #2
Bellows Falls Union High School Kelly O’Ryan
[email protected]
 
Bellows Falls Middle School Catherine Seltzer
[email protected]
 
Central Elementary School Kerry Kennedy
[email protected]
Alexa Martins
[email protected]
Saxtons River Elementary School Laura Hazard
[email protected]
Lauren Rogers
[email protected]
Westminster Schools Elizabeth Harty
[email protected]
Judy Verespy
[email protected]
Grafton Elementary School Angela Cartier
[email protected]
Shelley Wilson
[email protected]

 

Interim Title IX Coordinator:

Shelley Wilson, Director of Family and Student Services
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (802) 460-1492 ext 1301

Vermont Human Rights Commission:

Address: 14-16 Baldwin Street, Montpelier, VT 05633-6301
Voice: (800) 416-2010 or (802) 828-2480
TTY: (877) 294-9200
Fax: (802) 828-2481
Email: [email protected]

Office for Civil Rights, Boston Office:

Address: U.S. Department of Education, 8th Floor, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109-3921
Voice: (617) 289-0111
TDD: (877) 521-2172
Fax: (617) 289-0150
Email: [email protected]