NORWICH FREE ACADEMY
It is the policy of The Norwich Free Academy to comply fully with all requirements of state and federal law. Accordingly, all persons associated with this school system, including, but not necessarily limited to, the Board, administration, staff (paid or volunteer), and students, are expected to conduct themselves at all times so as to provide an atmosphere free from discriminatory and harassing behaviors. It is the policy of The Norwich Free Academy to prohibit harassment of any kind including, but not limited to, sexual, racial, religious or any other harassment based on any class status protected by law. Any person who engages in such harassment will be in violation of this policy and subject to appropriate discipline up to and including termination or expulsion.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY
It is the policy of The Norwich Free Academy to prohibit sexual harassment. Accordingly, the Academy is committed to protecting and safeguarding the rights of individuals to work and learn in an atmosphere free of all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment defined:
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and is illegal. Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
1. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a person's employment or educational development;
2. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or education decisions affecting such individual; and
3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment.
The Board will annually appoint a harassment grievance officer who will be vested with the authority and responsibility of processing harassment complaints. Any individual who believes that he or she has been harassed should immediately contact the grievance officer. In the event that an individual is uncomfortable, for any reason, with discussing the matter with the grievance officer, he or she should contact a supervisor or an administrator with whom he or she is comfortable discussing the matter.
All complaints will be handled by the Academy in a timely manner. Confidentiality shall be maintained to the extent possible. Any individual who is not satisfied with resolution of his or her complaint should contact the Superintendent/Head of School.
If an investigation reveals that the complaint is valid, prompt action will be taken to stop the harassment immediately and prevent its recurrence. Violation of this policy will not be permitted, and may result in discipline up to and including a recommendation to the Board for termination or expulsion.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY FOR SUPERVISORS
Sexual harassment of employees of The Norwich Free Academy by administrators, co- workers or any agent of The Norwich Free Academy is prohibited by state and federal law.
It is the policy of The Norwich Free Academy to comply fully with all requirements of state and federal law. Accordingly, all employees are directed to work to create an atmosphere free of sexual harassment and they are encouraged to follow the procedure outlined below, which is designed to prevent sexual harassment.
What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: (a) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment; (b) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual; and (c) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.
Procedure for Raising Complaints of Sexual Harassment
a. All complaints of sexual harassment will be treated confidentially to the extent possible.
b. The Norwich Free Academy will not tolerate the taking of any reprisal or retaliation by an administrator, supervisor, student, or employee against any complaining employee or corroborating witness.
c. Any employee who believes that he or she has been sexually harassed should immediately contact his or her immediate supervisor or administrator, or any administrator of The Norwich Free Academy, including Assistant Principal, Principal, the Assistant Superintendent or the Superintendent/Head of School.
d. If the complaint is not resolved to the satisfaction of the employee by his or her immediate supervisor or administrator, the employee should contact the Superintendent/Head of School.
e. Any employee may take his or her complaint directly to the Superintendent/Head of School if the employee is not comfortable discussing the complaint with a supervisor or administrator.
Responsibility of Administrators and Supervisors
a. Any administrator or supervisor who is made aware of a complaint of possible harassment must immediately report the complaint to the Grievance Officer or Superintendent/Head of School.
b. In conjunction with the Grievance Officer and Superintendent/Head of School, administrators and supervisors to whom complaints of sexual harassment are addressed are responsible for assisting in the thorough investigation and impartial resolution of those complaints.
Sanctions for Engaging in Sexual Harassment
Confirmed cases of sexual harassment will be corrected and eliminated immediately and appropriate discipline and corrective action will be taken, up to and including discharge.
Prevention of Sexual Harassment
a. Administrators shall formally notify all employees, including newly hired employees and supervisors, of the existence of this policy.
b. Supervisors shall receive training and education regarding sexual harassment in compliance with State law.
c. Administrators and supervisors shall work to create an atmosphere in which sexual harassment does not exist and is looked on with disfavor.
d. To avoid even the unintentional creation of an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment, sexually explicit or suggestive language, other than that which is part of the curriculum, or other verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature, is to be avoided. When such conduct comes to the attention of any supervisor or administrator appropriate inquiry and action will be taken.
Limitation Concerning Effect of Policy
This notice is a general statement of policy and no more. It does not constitute a term or provision of any contract or implied contract of employment between The Norwich Free Academy and any individual employee nor does it create contractual obligations on behalf of The Norwich Free Academy to any person.
Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes
46a-60 - Discriminatory Employment Practices Prohibited.
10-153a - Rights concerning professional organization and regulations.
Policy Adopted: October 13, 1992
Policy Revised: April 21, 2009