Harassment Policy & Procedures

The Wooster City School District values the contributions of all students, faculty, staff and visitors.  Racial harassment, a form of racial discrimination, denies students the right to an education and restricts employees from carrying out the district’s mission, which is to facilitate maximum learning for every student.

The Wooster Board of Education has four policies addressing harassment: 1662, 5517, 4362, 3362.

It is the policy of the Board of Education to maintain an education and work environment that is free from all forms of unlawful harassment, including sexual harassment. This commitment applies to all School District operations, programs, and activities. All students, administrators, teachers, staff, and all other school personnel share responsibility for avoiding, discouraging, and reporting any form of unlawful harassment. The Board will vigorously enforce its prohibition against discriminatory harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and transgender identity), disability, age, religion, ancestry, or genetic information (collectively, "Protected Classes") that are protected by Federal civil rights laws (hereinafter referred to as "unlawful harassment"), and encourages those within the School District community as well as third parties, who feel aggrieved to seek assistance to rectify such problems. The Board will investigate all allegations of harassment and in those cases where unlawful harassment is substantiated, the Board will take immediate steps to end the harassment, prevent its reoccurrence, and remedy its effects. Individuals who are found to have engaged in unlawful harassment will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

Reports and Complaints of Harassing Conduct

Members of the School District community, which includes all staff, and third parties are encouraged to promptly report incidents of harassing conduct to an administrator, supervisor or other School District official so that the Board may address the conduct before it becomes severe, pervasive, or persistent. Any administrator, supervisor, or other District official who receives such a complaint shall file it with the District’s Anti-Harassment Compliance Officer at his/her first convenience.

The Board designates the following individuals to serve as "Anti-Harassment Compliance Officers" for the District:

 

Karen Arbogast, Director of Elementary Education
144 N. Market St.
Wooster, OH 44691
330-988-1111, ext. 1240
Rich Leone, Director of Secondary Education
144. N. Market St.
Wooster, OH 44691
330-988-1111, ext. 1235

 

Investigation and Complaint Procedure

For a full description of the Wooster Anti-harassment policy and both formal and information complaint procedures please visit Board of Education Policy 5517