Policies and Procedures Handbook


Last Updated: 4/29/2005
Garrett County Public Schools
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
(301)334-8900

PREVENTING SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Administrative Procedures

Any employee who feels that he or she has been the victim of sexual harassment should report the alleged act to his or her administrator or immediate supervisor.

(NOTE: If the administrator or the immediate supervisor is the individual who has allegedly done the harassing, the complainant shall contact the Supervisor of Personnel.)

The administrator receiving the complaint will investigate the incident in a timely and confidential manner. The administrator must listen attentively to what the complainant says and be sensitive to the feelings involved. The administrator will obtain the names of all witnesses and information surrounding the circumstances which might resolve any questions of fact. The administrator will immediately interview the alleged harasser. The administrator must be equally sensitive to the feelings involved as with the alleged victim. There must be documentation of all interaction with the alleged harasser.

If necessary, the administrator will interview any witnesses, listen attentively and document interaction with the witnesses.

Upon completion of the investigation, the administrator will file a written report with the Superintendent of Schools.

When appropriate, employees may issue complaints directly to the Superintendent. This may be necessary when the Director of Finance/Human Resources is involved or the employee feels uncomfortable talking with other administrators.

It shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent of Schools to review the data and determine what further action may be, appropriate. Persons found in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline, including but not limited to reprimand, probation, reassignment, demotion, suspension or termination, or other sanction as determined appropriate by the Superintendent of Schools. No individual will suffer any reprisals for reporting any incidents of sexual harassment, making any complaints, or participating in any investigations.

It shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent to inform and educate school personnel about sexual harassment and the existence of this policy.


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Adopted 5/11/1993

Revised 1/11/00, 4/8/03