Harassment and Bullying Policy


Rationale:

 

Garden College adheres to continuously improve and establish a safe learning and teaching environment for all. This policy has been developed to minimize bullying, harassment and violence and ensure that all students are in a supportive, caring environment where they are able to expand their personal, social and academic abilities. Harassment is unwelcome, illegal and will not be tolerated.

 

Guidlelines to implementation:

 

Garden College offers all students a safe, secure, caring environment that promotes learning, personal growth and confidence. Any form of harassment will not be tolerated within the school and will be dealt with effectively. Harassment or bullying is subjecting someone to any form of behavior, which is hurtful, threatening, frightening or makes them feel uncomfortable. These behaviors can be repeated over a period of time or can be a single incidence however neither will be acceptable at the school. All forms of harassment including physical, visual, verbal and intellectual will be dealt with appropriately and no student will be victimized. The contact person for complaints is the college student counselor who will offer support to all students. The school board president will be informed of all potential claims by the college Principal. All complaints will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. Some of the behaviors that may be reported as harassment include:

 

Physical Harassment which is any deliberate physical action which:-

 

  • invades personal space including physical contact, which has been made clear is unwelcome
  • physically harms or makes a person feel threatened or offended

Visual Harassment which is when a person is made to feel uncomfortable by exposing them to such things as:-

  • offensive notes or materials
  • graffiti or damage to others’ possessions or property
  • Demanding for possessions or money in a aggressive manner

Verbal Harassment is using any words to an individual or group that are unwanted and repeated and which a person(s) finds offensive:-

  • name calling
  • offensive language
  • slander (putting people down behind their back)
  • picking on people because of their race, gender, colour of skin, religion, physical appearance or any other reason
  • Sexual gestures, jokes, written or illustrative material which causes embarrassment, discomfort or offence.

Sexual Harassment is behaviour of a sexual nature which is unwanted and which a person finds offensive. This type of harassment can be verbal or non-verbal:-

  • touching or brushing against a person in a sexual manner
  • sexually-oriented jokes, drawings and literature
  • commenting on the size and shape of one’s body
  • calling a person rude names or making comments about their morals
  • invitations of a sexual nature which are unwelcome
  • asking questions about a person’s private life which are unwanted

All staff has a responsibility to ensure their behaviour does not constitute or foster sexual harassment, and will be involved in sexual harassment professional development.

Intellectual Harassment is a type of harassment that can be verbal or non-verbal and directed at another student:-

  • because a student is good at his/her work
  • because you are having problems with your school work.

Victimisation occurs when a person becomes a victim and is threatened more than once by such actions as:-

  • bullying
  • stand-over tactics
  • picking on others
  • threats to “get” people
  • “paying” people out
  • where gangs try to dominate

Emotional Harassment can be a result of one or more of the above by such actions as:-

  • excluding others
  • making someone feel bad
  • threatening someone
  • making others feel insecure

Garden College acknowledges maintains and develops programmes, procedures and policies to minimize all forms of harassment. All steps and outcomes for managing incidences are clearly documented in order to facilitate evaluation and justify possible modification in approaches. In responding to individual cases of bullying, harassment, violence or abuse, strategies: