John Glenn School Corporation
Administrative Guidelines
 

3362A - REPORTING THREATENING AND/OR INTIMIDATING BEHAVIORS

Threatening or intimidating behavior may take different forms, including but not limited to the following:

 A.face-to-face encounters in which words are used that indicate to the staff member that his/her safety and well-being are in jeopardy

 B.written communications that include comments toward the staff member or his/her family which are disparaging or imply or state explicitly that the staff member and/or his/her family may be subject to some form of physical or psychological abuse or violence

 C.written or spoken comments to a staff member which could subject him/her to blackmail or extortion

 D.written or spoken communication that implies or explicitly states that some form of damage may be done to the staff member's property or that of his/her family

 E.written or spoken communication that causes a dwelling, a building, another structure, or a vehicle to be evacuated

Any staff member who believes that s/he is the victim of any of the above actions or has observed such actions taken by a student, parent, fellow staff member, supervisor, co-worker, or other person associated with the Corporation such as a vendor, contractor, volunteer, or school official should promptly take the following steps:

 A.If the alleged threatener is the staff member's principal or a member of the central office staff, the affected employee should, as soon as possible after the incident, contact the Superintendent.

 B.If the alleged threatener is not the staff member's principal or a member of the central office staff, the affected staff member should, as soon as possible after the incident, contact his/her principal.

 C.The principal or Superintendent who has received the report of alleged threat or intimidation shall immediately make an oral report to the local law enforcement agency.

The staff member reporting the incident to the principal or the Superintendent should provide the name of the person(s) whom s/he believes to be responsible for the harassment and the nature of the harassing incident(s). A written summary of each such report is to be prepared promptly by the principal or Superintendent receiving the report, and the principal shall forward it to the Office of the Superintendent.

Each report received by the principal or the Superintendent, shall be investigated in a timely and confidential manner. While a charge is under investigation, no information is to be released to anyone who is not involved with the investigation, except as may be required by law or in the context of a legal or administrative proceeding. No one involved is to discuss the subject outside of the investigation.

The purpose of this provision is to:

 A.protect the confidentiality of the staff member who files a complaint;

 B.encourage the reporting of any incidents of threats or intimidation;

 C.protect the reputation of any party wrongfully charged with threatening or intimidating conduct.

Investigation of a complaint will normally include conferring with the parties involved and any named or apparent witnesses. All staff members and others involved are to be protected from coercion, intimidation, retaliation, or discrimination for filing a complaint or assisting in an investigation.

If the investigation reveals that the complaint is valid, then prompt, appropriate, remedial and/or disciplinary action will be taken to prevent the continuance of the threat or its recurrence.

The Corporation recognizes that determining whether a particular action or incident is a threat must be based on all of the facts in the matter. Given the nature of this type of intimidation, the Corporation recognizes that false accusations of a threat can have serious effects on innocent individuals. Accordingly, all staff members are expected to act responsibly, honestly, and with the utmost candor whenever they present threat allegations or charges against fellow staff members, students, or others associated with the Corporation.

Revised 12/19/01