Discrimination, Harassment and Violence
ZERO TOLERANCE & HARASSMENT
Any possession of a weapon, explosive or dangerous object may lead to a student being expelled from school. Verbal abuse, threats, assaults or harassment and the use of illegal narcotics, drugs
and alcohol may also lead to expulsion of a student. Please discuss with your child the seriousness of this policy and we will reinforce the message at school. All of us expect a safe environment for our children.
POLICY- DISTRICT #535 POLICY AGAINST PROTECTED CLASS DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE
It is the policy of the Rochester Public Schools to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, or violence based upon the protected class categories of race, religion, sex, color, creed, national origin, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, disability, or an employee’s membership or activity in a local commission. These enumerated protected classes are intended to have the same definitions that they are given by the Minnesota Human Rights Act, Minnesota Statutes Chapter 363. Any form of discrimination, harassment or violence based upon these protected classes, including both verbal and physical conduct, is strictly prohibited.
It shall be a violation of this policy for any student or staff member of the Rochester Public Schools to harass or discriminate against a student or staff member through conduct or communication regarding race, religion, sex, color, creed, national origin, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, disability, or an employee’s membership or activity in a local commission.
The school district will investigate all complaints, of whatever nature, and will have sole jurisdiction over disciplinary measures. For additional information on this policy, please refer to the 2003-04 Rights, Rules, Regulations and Procedural Code of the Rochester Public Schools, K-12 that will be sent home with the youngest student in the family on classroom assignment day.