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Parent Information > Sexual/Racial Harassment Policy

Sexual and Racial Harassment Policy

VISION

  1. All students experience a working and learning environment free from sexual and racial harassment.
  2. All members of our school community understand the nature of sexual and racial harassment, the legislative framework and Department of Education & Children’s Services policies supporting it.
  3. All members of our school community are aware of our policy and grievance procedures.

ACTION

All staff will:

  1. Support the school sexual and racial harassment policy and grievance procedures and ensure adherence to these.
  2. Ensure that the sexual and racial harassment policy and grievance procedures are an integral part of curriculum development and implementation.
  3. Model good behaviour and practices regarding respect for themselves and others.
  4. Ensure that all staff, parents, students and the school community have the opportunities to become familiar with the school’s Sexual and Racial Harassment Policy and Grievance Procedures.
  5. Maintain professional development regarding social justice/equity issues.

    • Operational Definition – Sexist and Racist Discrimination

      When you perceive unfair treatment because of your gender, cultural background or physical appearance (eg colour of your skin, texture of your hair.

      In the case of students, discrimination can involve:

      • Students harassing others
      • Exclusion from any activities or courses

      • Refusing to help them

    • Operational Definition –Sexist and Racial Harassment

      When individuals are treated in a way that makes them feel embarrassed, demeaned, offended, afraid or upset because of gender, cultural background or physical appearance. 

      Some examples are:

      • Belittling comments based on stereotypes
      • Put down remarks about gender, culture or physical appearance

      • Teasing and name calling

      • Threatening behaviour

      • Violent behaviour

      • Taking or damaging property
  6. In  dealing with complaints or enquiries about discrimination or harassment the policy and procedures are guided by:
    • The responsibility to protect the rights of those involved

    • The need to establish and maintain an harassment free learning and working environment for everyone.

    • The need for all persons involved to maintain confidentiality throughout the process of investigation and resolution as well as thereafter.  It is a person’s legal obligation to do so.

REVIEW

  1. Behaviour data will be analysed annually at the end of Term 3.  The number of harassment incidents will be noted and trends or specific individuals identified.

  2. Opportunities for improvement will be discussed.