In accord with changes in Maine State law that became effective during the 2012-13 school year, the RSU 64 Board of Directors adopted a revised policy on Bullying for our schools. In a reversal of guidance received during the 2011-12 school year when we were advised to include the Bullying policy within our weapons and violence policy, our amended Bullying policy is now a stand-alone document and is in compliance with the revised law. Changes to the policy include a revised definition of “bullying,” a revised definition of “cyber-bullying,” clarified reporting expectations for students, staff, parents, and contracted providers, clarified investigative and reporting expectations for administrators, suggested steps that can be taken in the event of a substantiated bullying act or in response to a false allegation made by a student or parent, parental notification requirements including notice of an appeals process, and staff training requirements.
It is important to remind parents and students that RSU 64 does not tolerate bullying or harassing behaviors and will continue to be proactive in our efforts to promote and foster a safe, respectful, and positive school environment that supports our Vision and Mission. To that end, however, it is critical that all of us play a role in addressing this pervasive issue. As these undesirable and inappropriate behaviors are often perpetrated outside the eye or ear of adults or through social media, it is important that you encourage your child to report to an adult in their school any instance of bullying or harassing behavior, whether it be perpetrated on them or a peer.
All Forms of Harassment are Prohibited
All RSU 64 staff annually participate in required sexual harassment awareness training. Sexual harassment may be defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature in the following situations when:
- Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education; or
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that individual; or
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment, educational or living environment.
The Board of Directors of RSU 64 prohibits sexual harassment by staff and/or students and has directed its agents to aggressively investigate all complaints.
Any employee or student having a complaint of sexual harassment should notify the building Principal, Superintendent of Schools or the Affirmative Action Officer at the Office of the Superintendent of Schools (285-3334) for information on the complaint procedure and advice. All appropriate confidences shall be maintained.
The RSU 64 Board of Directors prohibits all harassing conduct and will not tolerate such behavior including the use of foul and/or abusive language.
Name-calling, threats, ridicule, derogatory actions or remarks toward others constitute harassment. The RSU 64 Board of Directors, through its administrative agents, will investigate all such conduct and see that offenders are appropriately disciplined.