|See Policy 1.2.1 - Policy Against Sexual Harassment|
STUDENT HARASSMENT COMPLAINT PROCEDURE
Any student who feels he or she has been the victim of harassment should report this to an administrator, teacher, counselor, nurse or other trusted adult. The adult must report the complaint to the Title IX Coordinator* and the Title IX coordinator will begin the complaint procedure.
Within five (5) school days of receiving the complaint, the Title IX Coordinator will meet with the complainant to discuss the matter. If the complaint is resolved informally at this level, the Title IX Coordinator will complete a harassment follow-up form which will be kept on file for an appropriate period of time.
If the complaint cannot be resolved at this level the Title IX Coordinator will have the complainant fill out a harassment complaint form which will document the incident (s). The Title II Coordinator will then investigate the complaint and issue appropriate findings and recommendation. If the complaint is resolved satisfactorily at this level, the Title IX Coordinator will complete a harassment follow-up form. This form and other prove documents, notes and pertinent material from the investigation will be kept on file for an appropriate period of time; not less than three (3) years after the student has left the school system. The purpose of retaining the record is to enable the school system to prove that it conducted an appropriate investigation and to review it if later allegations are made involving the same student. Failure to achieve a satisfactory resolution of the complaint within ten (10) school days of its receipt at this level shall result in the movement of the complaint to Level III.
The Principal and/or Superintendent Director shall review the complaint, findings and recommendations from Level II and take appropriate action within twenty (20) days of receiving the complaint.
The complainant may pursue his/her rights under the law and file a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
*Mr. McLaughlin (978) 762-0001 x223