The Triton Regional School District is committed to maintaining school environments free of discrimination, harassment or retaliation based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability.
Harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in any form or for any reason is prohibited. This includes harassment or discrimination by administrators, personnel, students, vendors and other individuals in school or at school related events. Retaliation against any individual who has brought harassment or discrimination to the attention of school officials or who has cooperated in an investigation of a complaint under this procedure is unlawful and will not be tolerated by the Triton Regional School District.
Persons who engage in harassment, discrimination or retaliation may be subject to disciplinary action, including, but not limited to reprimand, suspension, termination/expulsion or other sanctions as determined by the school district administration, subject to applicable procedural requirements.
For questions related to all Harassment or Civil Rights in general, please contact:
Dr. Anna Bates
Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Non-Applicability of This Procedure to Title IX Sexual Harassment Allegations
The Civil Rights Grievance Procedure shall not apply to reports of sexual harassment as defined under Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 and its implementing regulations (“Title IX”) effective August of 2020.
Please see Title IX Link Above/Left
Allegations of conduct that could, if proven, meet the definition of sexual harassment under Title IX shall be addressed through the District’s Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedures. Similarly, allegations of conduct that meet the definition of sexual harassment under Title IX, and simultaneously meet the definitions of sexual harassment under Title VII (employees), M.G.L. c. 151B (employees), and/or M.G.L. c. 151C (students), will also be addressed through the Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedures that can be found HERE.
For the purposes of this procedure:
“Discrimination” means discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, age, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or religion by which an individual is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of the school district.
“Harassment” means unwelcome conduct on the basis of race, age, color, national origin, disability, or religion that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive to create or contribute to a hostile environment for the individual at school. Harassment may include insults, name-calling, off color jokes, threats, comments, innuendoes, notes, display of pictures or symbols, gestures or other conduct which rises to the level of a hostile environment. A hostile environment is one which unreasonably interfered with an individual’s participation in, denied the individual the benefits of, or otherwise subjected the individual to discrimination under any program or activity of the District.
Retaliation: retaliatory acts against any individual who exercises his or her rights under the civil rights statutes covered by this procedure or the sexual harassment procedure are considered to be discrimination and are unlawful. Individuals are prohibited from coercing, intimidating, threatening, or interfering with an individual because the individual exercised any right granted or protected under this procedure and/or the Title IX Sexual Harassment Procedures.
Complainant: An individual who is alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute discrimination, harassment, or retaliation under this procedure. Parents and/or legal guardians of a complainant are not considered a complainant but may file formal complaints on behalf of a minor child and act on behalf of the minor child in any civil rights matter.
Party or Parties: The complainant and/or respondent.
Principal: The Principal or Principal’s designee.
Respondent: An individual who has been reported to be the perpetrator of conduct that could constitute discrimination, harassment, or retaliation under this procedure.
How to make a complaint
For the details on how to file a complaint, along with a full summary of the process, please see the Harassment Procedures that are linked to the right/below.