The Long Ridge School has a longstanding anti-disrimination policy that is published in the School’s Parent and Employee Handbooks. As stated in the Handbooks and on the School website, The Long Ridge School does not discriminate against any person in admission, employment, or otherwise because of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, physical or mental ability, or age in violation of existing state or federal laws or regulations. The School acknowledges its responsibility to prohibit any discrimination protected by law.
Federal Laws protecting individuals against discrimination are:
Title VI Civil Rights Act of 1964 – Prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or national origin
Title IX – Prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex
Section 504 – Prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities
Age Discrimination Act of 1975 – Prohibits age-based discrimination
The Long Ridge School additionally acknowledges and will follow policy in order to comply with the updated federal Title IX regulations on sexual harassment.
New Regulations Define Sexual Harassment
The regulations state that sexual harassment is conduct on the basis of sex that is either:
Quid pro quo harassment (an employee conditioning grades or other educational benefits on participation in unwelcome sexual conduct);
Hostile environment harassment that is “unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person that is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it denies a person equal access to the recipient’s education program or activity”; or
Sexual assault as defined by the Clery Act; or dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as defined by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Title IX Coordinator and Reporting a Complaint
The Long Ridge School identifies Kelly Falco as the Title IX Coordinator. Complaints may be reported by a parent, student or staff member verbally or in writing to the The Coordinator. The Coordinator will receive and investigate any complaints under this policy and inform the Head of School. The Title IX Coordinator may be contacted in person or firstname.lastname@example.org by calling 203-322-7693 or by mail to the school address 478 Erskine Road, Stamford Connecticut 06903. Formal complaints can also be filed with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.
Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Civil Rights (ODICR) U.S. Small Business Administration 409 3rd Street, S.W. Suite 6400 Washington, DC 20416 Phone: 202-205-6750 TTY/TTD: 1/800-877-8339 Web: https://www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/odicr
Mandatory Reporter Policy
Under this policy, all employees of The Long Ridge School are designated as mandatory reporters. All employees are expected to report knowledge of or reports of incidents of discrimination or harassment of students or employees that are made to them, or which they become aware, to the Responsible Employee and may also make a report to law enforcement, when the latter is required or desired by the party involved. The Responsible Employee will act accordingly when an incident is reported to them. If the matter involves possible abuse of a minor, then a report must immediately be made as required under state and/or local law, including to child welfare services and/or local law enforcement as required.
Any individual who has experienced discrimination or harassment, or believes that a student or employee has been discriminated against or harassed should report their concern promptly in writing to the Title IX Coordinator. Individuals who are unsure whether discrimination or harassment has occurred, or who need assistance in preparing a written complaint, are encouraged to discuss the situation with the Title IX Coordinator.
The School will respond to a verbal or written complaint in a prompt and equitable manner that is not deliberately indifferent, which means a response that is not clearly unreasonable in light of the known circumstances.
During this process, complainants and respondents will be treated equitably. Supportive measures will be put in place for complainant and respondent when appropriate. Examples are but not limited to, extending assignment deadlines or limiting contact between parties with the intent of providing equal access to education.
The School’s Title IX Coordinator will gather information and objectively review the facts and report findings to the Head of School.
The Title IX Coordinator may pursue a prompt and equitable informal resolution of the complaint with the agreement of the parties involved. Any party to the complaint may decide to end an informal resolution process and pursue the formal process at any point. The informal resolution is subject to the approval of the Title IX Coordinator, who shall consider whether the informal resolution is in the best interest of the parties and the school unit in light of the particular circumstances and applicable policies and laws.
Conduct that violates the law is determined on a case-by-case basis considering the record as a whole and the totality of the circumstances, including the nature of the conduct and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred.
Employees, students, or parents acting on the behalf of students suspecting the existence of or experiencing unlawful harassment are urged to immediately contact the Title IX Coordinator. The school will promptly investigate any reported incidents and, if substantiated, the School will take all necessary and appropriate action, up to and including discharge of the offender.
The Title IX Coordinator shall create a written record of complaint and investigation and process.
If the complainant and/or respondent is dissatisfied with the resolution, an appeal may
be made in writing to the Head of School within 10 business days after receiving notice of the resolution. The Head of School shall review the investigation report and may conduct further investigation if deemed appropriate. The Head of School’s decision shall be provided in writing to the parties within 10 business days, if practicable. The appeal decision shall be final.
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