Procedures for Handling Complaints of Harassment of Employees

The Orange Southwest Supervisory Union hereby adopts the following administrative procedures to implement the School District’s policy with respect to unlawful harassment of school district employees.

Reporting And Response

Informal Inquiry and Resolution
The complainant and the alleged harasser(s) may agree to a meeting facilitated by a school employee. If all parties involved agree the situation has been resolved during such meeting, the facilitator shall report to the Principal only that the matter has been resolved informally. If any party involved does not agree that the situation has been resolved, a formal investigation shall be initiated.

Investigation

Appeal
A person judged to be in violation of the policy on unlawful harassment and subjected to action under it may appeal the determination and/or the action taken as follows:

Applicable collective bargaining agreement. If the person filing the appeal is an adult school employee who has applicable appeal rights under the grievance procedure in a collective bargaining agreement, the appeal shall proceed in accordance with the person’s rights as outlined in that agreement.

Other. If the person filing the appeal is an adult school employee who does not have applicable appeal rights under the grievance procedure in a collective bargaining agreement, the appeal shall proceed in accordance with school district policy governing employee discipline and with legal due process requirements.

Retaliation
Retaliation for reporting harassment or cooperating in an investigation of harassment is unlawful under 21 V.S.A. §495(a)(5) and 9 V.S.A. §4503(a)(5).

Record Keeping and Notification

Notice
The Superintendent shall provide notice of the policy on unlawful employee harassment and these procedures to all school employees. Copies of the policy and procedures shall be posted on the Orange Southwest Supervisory Union's website: www.orangesw.k12.vt.us. The notice shall:

  1. Include examples of behaviors which, if sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent to interfere with a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from school programs, would constitute unlawful harassment; and
  2. Provide the following information about additional methods of pursuing claims of harassment:
  3. Vermont Attorney General’s Office
    109 State Street
    Montpelier VT 05609-1001
    (802) 828-3171

    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    1 Congress Street
    Boston MA 02114
    (617) 565-3200

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