Harassment and Violence Policy
It is the policy of the Voyageurs Expeditionary School Board of Education to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from harassment or violence including but not limited to religious, racial, sexual, or chronic/continual. It shall be a violation for any student or staff member of the District to harass or inflict violence upon a student or staff member through conduct or communication as defined by this policy. Harassment constitutes any action that makes another person uncomfortable. A student will be warned to discontinue behaviors that cause others discomfort; if they should choose to continue they will face suspension.
Voyageurs Expeditionary School will investigate all complaints of harassment, either formal or informal, verbal or written, and will discipline any student or staff member who harasses a student or staff member of Voyageurs Expeditionary School. A complete copy of the Harassment and Violence policy is on file at Voyageurs Expeditionary School.
Hazing Prohibition Policy
“Hazing” means committing an act against a student, or coercing a student to commit an act, that creates a substantial risk of harm to another person, in order for the student to be initiated into or affiliated with a student organization, or for any other purpose. The term hazing includes, but is not limited to:
- Any type of physical brutality such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking or placing a harmful substance on the body.
- Any type of physical activity such as sleep deprivation, exposure to weather, confinement in a restricted area, calisthenics or other activity that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student.
- Any activity involving the consumption of any alcoholic beverage, drug, tobacco product or any other food, liquid or substance that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student.
- Any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, that subjects a student to extreme mental stress, embarrassment, shame or humiliation that adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the student or discourages the student from remaining in the school.
- Any activity that causes or requires the student to perform a task that involves a violation of state or federal law or of school district policies or regulations.
Any person who believes he or she has been a victim of hazing or any person with knowledge or belief of conduct which may constitute hazing shall report the alleged acts immediately to an advisor, who is the appropriate school district official designated by this policy. Upon receipt of a complaint or report of hazing, VES shall investigate the report and take proper action. Such action may include, but is not limited to, warning, suspension, exclusion, expulsion, transfer, remediation, or discharge. Disciplinary consequences will be sufficiently severe to deter violations and to appropriately discipline prohibited behavior. School district action taken for violation of this policy will be consistent with the requirements of applicable statutory authority, including the Minnesota Pupil Fair Dismissal Act, school district policies and regulations.
ISD 4107 will discipline or take appropriate action against any student, teacher, administrator, volunteer, contractor, or any other employee who retaliates against any person who makes a report of alleged hazing or testifies, assists, or participates in an investigation or hearing related to such hazing.