Harassment Policy, Procedures, Reports

Harassment Policy, Procedures, Reports

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 the following policy in place addressing harassment: Policy 2266 Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities.

The Board of Education of the Wooster City School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex (including sexual orientation or gender identity), in its education programs or activities, and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, and its implementing regulations, not to discriminate in such a manner. The requirement not to discriminate in its education program or activity extends to admission and employment. The Board is committed to maintaining an education and work environment that is free from discrimination based on sex, including harassment.

The Board prohibits Sexual Harassment that occurs within its education programs and activities. When the District has actual knowledge of Sexual Harassment in its education program or activity against a person in the United States, it shall promptly respond in a manner that is not deliberately indifferent.

Pursuant to its Title IX obligations, the Board is committed to eliminating Sexual Harassment and will take appropriate action when an individual is determined responsible for violating this policy. Board employees, students, third-party vendors and contractors, guests, and other members of the School District community who commit Sexual Harassment are subject to the full range of disciplinary sanctions set forth in this policy. The Board will provide persons who have experienced Sexual Harassment ongoing remedies as reasonably necessary to restore or preserve access to the District's education programs and activities.

The Wooster Board of Education has four additional policies addressing harassment: Policies 1662 (Administration), 5517 (Students), 4362 (Classified Staff), and 3362 (Certified Staff).
 
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.
 
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.
Wooster City School District Title IX Coordinators

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