Harassment and hazing policy

Harassment and Hazing Policy—Philosophy

Everyone at Perpich Arts High School has the right to feel safe from discrimination, violence and offensive or degrading remarks or behavior related to their group affiliations, including but not limited to: race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation or age. The arts high school upholds a policy specifically prohibiting such behavior and it will respond promptly and fairly to all allegations.

All students, staff and faculty at Perpich Arts High School are responsible for respecting this policy. Discrimination and offensive behavior/bullying may include any words or actions that are related to one of the protected categories listed above that make others feel uncomfortable, degraded, fearful or discriminated against. Some examples include: name calling, unwelcome touch of person or clothing, posting or circulation of written material and sexual jokes.

If any words or actions make an individual feel uncomfortable, degraded, fearful or discriminated against, the individual should tell a school adult, her/his supervisor, the executive director or designee.

To end the discrimination or offensive behavior, an individual can confront the situation with or without assistance or she/he can make a report to the executive director or designee. Any trusted school adult can assist in making such a report. The privacy of all involved will be respected as much as possible, but confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.

The arts high school will investigate all reports of discrimination or offensive behavior and take action to resolve the situation. In addition to educational efforts, disciplinary measures may be appropriate. Depending on the nature and degree of the violation and the number of prior violations, any one or combination of consequences will be assigned. Consequences range from informal meetings to suspension, expulsion or exclusion from the school and suspension and/or termination of the residence hall contract, and police notification at the discretion of Perpich Arts High School director or designee.

The arts high school will take action if anyone tries to retaliate against another for reporting discrimination or offensive behavior or for participating in any way in the investigation of a report. In addition to the reporting procedures outlined in this policy, individuals may directly report discrimination and offensive behavior to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, 625 Robert St. N., St. Paul, MN 55155 (telephone: 651-539-1100; TTY/TDD at 711).

Harassment and Hazing Policy—Report procedures

Student to student

As soon as the behavior occurs, the student may report the discrimination or offensive behavior directly to the school director or designee or the student may also ask any trusted arts high school adult (i.e. teacher, residence hall staff, counselor, administrator, member of the behavior committee) for help in bringing the report to the executive director or designee.

Center adult to student

Students who experience discrimination or offensive behavior from an arts high school adult should report the behavior directly to the executive director or designee or the student may also go to any trusted school adult (i.e. teacher, residence hall staff, counselor, administrator, member of the behavior committee). Staff who have knowledge of the occurrence of such behavior are mandated to report, as explained below.

Mandatory reporting

All faculty and arts high school staff are mandated reporters. Knowledge of discrimination or offensive behavior by an employee, contractor or volunteer toward a student must be reported to the assistant principal or designee for review and action. Such behavior may constitute a criminal violation. Incidents involving sexual or physical abuse must be reported directly by the reporting employee to the local police department pursuant to M.S. 626.556, subdivision 3. After reporting the incident to one of the authorities listed above, the executive director or designee must also be notified of the violation.

Student to center adult

As soon as the behavior occurs, the arts high school adult should report the behavior to their immediate supervisor or any trusted adult (i.e. teacher, residence hall staff, counselor, administrator, member of the behavior committee) who will help bring the report to the executive director or designee. The report may also be made directly to the executive director. It is expected that the reporting adult, her/his supervisor and/or the executive director or designee document all such incident(s) of the behavior in the event the problem recurs.

Harassment and Hazing Policy—Investigation of report and resolution

When appropriate, the executive director will designate an individual(s) to help resolve the situation or to investigate the report. This investigation may include interviews with, or statements from, all involved parties, including witnesses, supervisors and arts high school officials, as well as a review of all relevant documentation or records relating to the complaint.

The executive director may request the involvement of the behavior committee to review the conclusions of the investigation and/or determine the appropriate course of action.

As soon as possible, or within five working days after the report is made, the executive director or a designated individual will give a verbal or written response to the individual who made the report. The response will include appropriate information regarding the status of the report and efforts to resolve the situation.

Harassment and Hazing Policy—Alternative reporting procedures

In addition to the reporting procedures outlined in this policy, individuals may directly report discrimination and offensive behavior to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, 625 Robert St. N., St. Paul, MN 55155 (telephone: 651-539-1100; TTY/TDD at 711).

Harassment and Hazing Policy—Retaliation

This policy prohibits retaliation against any person who has reported discrimination or offensive behavior or participated in any way in the investigation of a report. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, imposition of unwarranted discipline, reprisal or harassment. Any arts high school adult or student who feels he/she has been the target of retaliation should contact a trusted school adult or the executive director.

Harassment and Hazing Policy—Consequences for violations

The list of consequences presented here is not intended to be all-inclusive; Perpich has a zero tolerance stance against harassment and hazing. It is presented as a guideline for arts high school adults and students. Depending on the nature, frequency, intensity, location, context and duration of the reported behavior, any or all of the following consequences may be assigned: meetings mediated by staff, assignments designed to increase awareness and sensitivity to the issue in question, referral for mental health assessment at family expense, administrative conferences, suspension, expulsion or exclusion from school and/or residence hall contract suspension and cancellation.

Hazing is not acceptable at Perpich Arts High School. This policy applies to student behavior that occurs on and off school property both during and after school hours.

Harassment and Hazing Policy—Hazing reporting procedures and investigation

 Reporting procedures

Anyone with knowledge of an incident of hazing should report the incident directly to Perpich Arts High School director or designee. Students may ask any trusted arts high school adult (i.e. teacher, residence hall staff, social worker and administrator) for help bringing the report to Perpich Arts High School director or designee.

Investigation

Perpich Arts High School director or designee will investigate all reports of hazing. Any person who reported hazing or assisted with the investigation will be protected from retaliation. If the results of the investigation determine violation of the anti-hazing policy, discipline of the individuals involved may include: mediation when appropriate and facilitated by staff, assignments designed to increase awareness and sensitivity, referral for mental health assessment at family expense, administrative conferences, suspension, expulsion or exclusion from school and/or residence hall contract suspension and cancellation.