Student Handbook: XII – Anti-discrimination Policy and Grievance Procedures for De la Salle High School

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SECTION XII ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICY AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES FOR DE LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL






INTRODUCTION

SPECIAL NOTIFICATION:There exists a specific grievance procedure at De La Salle High School for students and parents. It is informal.

De La Salle High School (DLS) is committed to maintaining an environment free from any type of harassment, discrimination and retaliation for all who study and work on the campus. In furtherance of that commitment, DLS has adopted a policy forbidding harassment, discrimination or retaliation of any kind against any parentor student of DLS. This policy recognizes that harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, or veteran status subverts the mission of De La Salle and is strictly prohibited. This policy applies to all members of the DLS campus community. The primary purpose of De La Salle High School is to give a Christian Education. Whatever else constitutes a Christian Education, the Brothers are convinced that respect for the person is a sine qua non of their three hundred plus years of tradition in offering a Christian Education. For this reason the Brothers/lay colleagues try always to improve the quality of their relationships because only in so doing can hearts be touched. However, the human condition is such that interpersonal relationships sometimes give grounds for complaint because of an alleged injury, injustice or wrong. Therefore, any student or parent of the De La Salle community who believes that the quality of his or her relationship with the School gives grounds for complaint because it is unjust, discriminatory and/or oppressive, and such injury, injustice or wrong falls into and is governed by one or more of the specifically designated generic areas delineated in the definition of grievance contained herein, may rectify the alleged injury, injustice or wrong according to the informal and formal steps of this grievance procedure.


DEFINITION OF GRIEVANCE

Grievance is defined as alleging an injury, injustice or wrong which gives ground for complaint because it is unjust, discriminatory and/or oppressive. Such alleged injury, injustice or wrong must occur because of a good faith, reasonable belief of 1. A violation, misinterpretation or misapplication of a specific policy of the school’s corporation board. 2. A violation, misinterpretation or misapplication of the president’s directives. 3. A violation, misinterpretation or misapplication of the principal’s directives. 4. A violation, misinterpretation or misapplication of the student handbook. 5. Discrimination by the school in its relations with its students, employees, or parents with regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, veterans’ status or disability.


PROCEDURES

A. INFORMAL PROCEDURES: Step I: A good faith attempt shall be made to orally resolve any grievance by scheduling a meeting between the grievant and the appropriate individual(s) involved as soon as reasonably possible considering all the relevant circumstances. Ideally, the meeting will take place the same day, or under ordinary circumstances, by the next school day. Step II: If Step I fails to resolve the grievance to the satisfaction of the grievant, then the grievant shall request and receive an appointment with the Principal. The parties involved in Step I shall also be present with the Principal for Step II. Step II shall take place as soon as reasonably possible considering all the relevant circumstances. Ideally, the meeting will take place the day following Step I and, under ordinary circumstances, no more than two school days following Step I. Ordinarily the Principal renders an oral decision within two school days of the conclusion of the meeting. The decision of the Principal is final. SPECIAL NOTE: If the grievance is against the Principal, Step II is handled by the President of the De La Salle’s local governance corporate board. Ordinarily the President renders an verbal decision within two school days of the conclusion of the meeting. The decision of the President is final. If the grievance is against the President of De La Salle High School, Step II is handled by the President of the Corporation Board or his/her designee. Ordinarily, the President of the Corporation Board or designee renders a decision within five school days. The decision of the the Corporation Board is final.

NOTE A student who is a grievant may be accompanied at any step by a parent or parents. A parent who is a grievant may be accompanied by another person so long as that person is not an attorney or someone who has legal training.

PROCEDURAL NOTE: The parties may, upon mutual written agreement, extend all deadlines. B. ELEMENTS INTEGRAL TO THE GRIEVANCE PROCESS:

  • It is understood that a grievance will be kept confidential except to the extent necessary to investigate and resolve the grievance.
  • A grievance may be withdrawn at any level. However, the grievance once withdrawn cannot be reactivated unless another alleged action necessary to lead to a grievance occurs..
  • The grievant must indicate with his/her filing at each level beyond the informal step who will accompany or represent him/her in any meetings or hearings that might be conducted.
  • No retaliation of any kind shall be taken by either party as a result of the use of this procedure.
  • Decisions rendered at any administrative level shall be binding until and unless an appeal is made and the decision is reversed at the next level.

C. STANDARD OF REVIEW: Each decision-maker at any step of the grievance process shall make a decision based on the facts and circumstances before him or her.

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