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Anti Bullying Policy

New Haven believes that all students have a right to a safe and healthy environment. New Haven has an obligation to promote mutual respect, tolerance, and acceptance.

New Haven will not tolerate behavior that infringes on the safety of a student. A student shall not intimidate, harass, or bully another student through words or actions. Such behavior includes direct physical contact, such as hitting or shoving; verbal assaults, such as teasing or name-calling; social isolation or manipulation; and cyberbullying, such as harassment online. Bullying occurs when any of these actions lead to a student or students having a reasonable fear of harm to their person or property, cause detrimental effects to their physical or mental health, interfere with their ability to perform academically, or interfere with their ability to participate in or benefit from school activities, service or other privileges provided by the school.

To help ensure bullying does not occur on the New Haven campus, New Haven will provide staff development training in bullying prevention. New Haven cultivates acceptance and understanding in all students and staff to strengthen our ability to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment

New Haven encourages students and expects staff to immediately report incidents of bullying to their Staff, Shift Supervisor, Residential Director, Teacher, Therapist, or any member of the New Haven Leadership team. Staff who witness such acts should take immediate steps to intervene. Each complaint of bullying should be promptly investigated. This policy applies to anyone on the New Haven campus, and while traveling to and from off-campus events or activities.

New Haven teachers, therapists, and residential staff will discuss this policy with their students in age-appropriate ways and will assure them that they need not endure any form of bullying.

New Haven will provide a student handbook to be followed by every student and all New Haven staff.

  • Any student who engages in bullying will receive extra support provided through Safety.
  • Students are encouraged to immediately report incidents of bullying to their Staff, Shift Supervisor, Residential Director, Teacher, Therapist, or any member of the New Haven Leadership team.
  • Students can rely on staff to promptly investigate each complaint of bullying in a thorough and confidential manner.
  • If the complainant student or the parent of the student feels that appropriate resolution of the investigation or complaint has not been reached, the student or the parent of the student should contact their Staff, Shift Supervisor, Residential Director, Teacher, Therapist, or any member of the New Haven Leadership team.
  • New Haven prohibits retaliatory behavior against any complainant or any participant in the complaint process.

New Haven also prohibits false reports of bullying as a means of retaliation or as a means of bullying. Any student found to have made a false report of bullying will be placed on Safety and will work with their treatment team to make an appropriate repair with the person they have falsely accused.

The procedures for intervening in bullying behavior include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • All staff, students and their parents will receive a summary of this policy prohibiting intimidation and bullying upon enrollment, as part of the New Haven Handbook.
  • Staff who witness acts of bullying shall take immediate steps to intervene. Students witnessing or experiencing bullying are strongly encouraged to report the incident; such reporting will not reflect on the target or witnesses in any way.

Anonymous reports of bullying can be made by filling out a report form and putting it in the locked box in each house. All students have access to these boxes and only staff can unlock the box and retrieve any reports.

Students, staff, and parents can report bullying to the New Haven leadership team by calling 801.794.1218 or emailing [email protected]

Bullying is contrary to state law and New Haven School’s policy.

All types of incidents, including bullying, are reviewed weekly by New Haven’s leadership team. When the frequency and or severity of incidents, including bullying, increases, New Haven’s leadership team implements and carries out plans to address and decrease incidents.

 

New Haven Sexual Harassment Policy

New Haven is committed to providing an environment that is free from sexual harassment for both employees and students. Sexual harassment in the workplace is against the law and will not be tolerated. When it is determined that an allegation of sexual harassment is credible, New Haven will take prompt and appropriate corrective action.

What Is Sexual Harassment? Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

  1. An employment decision affecting that individual is made because the individual submitted to or rejected the unwelcome conduct; or
  2. The unwelcome conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or abusive work environment.

Certain behaviors, such as conditioning promotions, awards, training, or other job benefits upon acceptance of unwelcome actions of a sexual nature, are always wrong. Unwelcome actions such as the following are inappropriate and, depending on the circumstances, may in and of themselves meet the definition of sexual harassment or contribute to a hostile work environment:

  • Sexual pranks, or repeated sexual teasing, jokes, or innuendo, in person or via e-mail
  • Verbal abuse of a sexual nature · Touching or grabbing of a sexual nature.
  • Repeatedly standing too close to or brushing up against a person
  • Repeatedly asking a person to socialize during off-duty hours when the person has said no or has indicated he or she is not interested (supervisors should be careful not to pressure their employees to socialize)
  • Giving gifts or leaving objects that are sexually suggestive.
  • Repeatedly making sexually suggestive gestures
  • Making or posting sexually demeaning or offensive pictures, cartoons, or other materials in the workplace
  • Off-duty, unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that affects the work environment.

A victim of sexual harassment can be a man or a woman. The victim can be of the same sex as the harasser. The harasser can be a supervisor or a co-worker.

New Haven Responsibility under this Policy

If New Haven receives an allegation of sexual harassment, or has reason to believe sexual harassment is occurring, it will take the necessary steps to ensure that the matter is promptly investigated and addressed. If the allegation is determined to be credible, New Haven will take immediate and effective measures to end the unwelcome behavior. Action will be taken even if the individual does not wish to file a formal complaint.

Any employee who observes, is informed of, or suspects incidents of possible sexual harassment must immediately report such incidents to Human Resources, who will either initiate or oversee a prompt investigation. Failure to report such incidents to Human Resources will be considered a violation of this policy and may result in disciplinary action. Human Resources will provide guidance as needed on investigating and handling the potential harassment. Supervisors should take effective measures to ensure no further apparent or alleged harassment occurs pending completion of an investigation.

New Haven will seek to protect the identities of the alleged victim and harasser, except as reasonably necessary (for example, to complete an investigation successfully). New Haven will also take the necessary steps to protect from retaliation those employees who in good faith report incidents of potential sexual harassment. It is a violation of both federal law and this policy to retaliate against someone who has reported possible sexual harassment. Violators may be subject to discipline.

Employees who have been found by the investigation to have subjected another employee to unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, whether such behavior meets the legal definition of sexual harassment or not, will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. Discipline will be appropriate to the circumstances, ranging from a formal write up, to suspensions without pay of any length, to separation for cause.

New Haven’s bullying policy is posted alongside other policies, rules, and standards of conduct in our schoolhouses. It is included in our handbook and is available to all parents, guardians, students, and school personnel, including new employees when hired.

New Haven Bullying Policy Creation Date: 1/1/2021

New Haven Administrative Board Approved Date: 1/4/2021