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Policies

For many years, Providence Day has pro-actively reviewed all policies from TK through 12 to ensure they align with the school’s values and mission as a welcoming, inclusive environment. Student handbooks spell out policies on hate, bias, and harassment; multiple initiatives have expanded the school’s inclusiveness on gender and sexuality. Additionally, the school’s Human Resources policies have been reviewed and expanded to emphasize inclusiveness and well-being for all faculty and staff.

Hate, Bias, and Harassment Policies

HATE AND BIAS

With the safety and emotional well-being of our students as our top priorities, issues surrounding insensitive, disrespectful, or malicious comments or actions - especially those centered on issues of race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic status - will be handled with a multi-pronged approach focused on education, social/emotional well-being, restorative justice, community restoration, and accountability. Any situation that involves the use of a racial slur, inappropriate jokes, or innuendos directed at an individual or group which are based on physical characteristics, stereotypes, or cultural biases will not be excused or tolerated. Administration will work in conjunction with the Office of Equity and Inclusion to determine outcomes, including, but not limited to, suspension. A continued pattern of behavior, or issues of a severe or extreme nature, could lead to expulsion.

REPORTING FORM FOR INCIDENTS OF HATE AND BIAS

In response to requests for a system to report incidents of hate and/or bias*, PD has created an electronic form that members of our community can access to report incidents to be investigated by the administration. This reporting system will allow Providence Day School to monitor and effectively respond to activity that negatively impacts the campus climate and our sense of community. Reporters do have the ability to report anonymously. In addition, a report will be generated for all incidents, including those made in person. This will make it possible to identify trends or patterns.

The form can be accessed via the Equity and Inclusion Resource page found in Charger Commons. If a reporter prefers not to use the electronic form, a PDF of the form can be printed to fill out and submit by mail. A detailed process for investigation can also be found with the reporting form.

*A bias incident is any speech or other action that conveys prejudice against individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, alienage or citizenship status, creed, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

HARASSMENT

Providence Day School is enriched by the diversity of its members. The school recognizes and respects individual differences in regard to race, color, gender, national origin, identity or orientation, religion, age, and disability.

In order to provide an atmosphere of sensitivity, acceptance, and mutual respect, it is important that every member of the community – including administration, faculty, other employees, students, and visitors – recognize certain guidelines for appropriate and acceptable behavior. Symbols associated with intolerance and hate (including but not limited to the Confederate flag or swastikas) are prohibited and may not be displayed in any form. Verbal or physical behavior that subjects a member of our community to personal indignity is deemed harassment and will not be tolerated whether it occurs on or off campus.

Harassment includes but is not limited to playing abusive or humiliating jokes upon a member of our community or frightening, scolding, or causing mental or physical harm to that person. Such behavior also includes unwelcome physical advances or contact, overt displays of affection, the display of sexually explicit or suggestive material, or unwarranted verbal remarks.

Other examples of unacceptable behavior include:

• Vulgar language, racial slurs, jokes or innuendos directed at an individual or group, based on physical characteristics, stereotypes, or cultural biases.
• Pressure to use alcohol or drugs.
• Obscene or suggestive remarks or jokes, as well as verbal insults and abuse.
• Pressure to engage in sexual activity, whether explicit or implicit.
• Photographs, pictures, or printed material which others might find offensive or degrading.
• Comments that are demeaning with respect to race, color, sex, religion, age, disabilities, identity, or ethnicity.

Conduct as described above, even by or among members of the same, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, identity, or age, as well as by or among disabled persons, also may constitute harassment. In addition, Providence Day School’s policies and disciplinary procedures regarding harassment apply to behaviors involving direct contact as well as the use of email, social networking websites, cell phones, or other technological devices.