The way the school handles instances of abusive behaviour is outlined in the following:
Offensive behaviour is not acceptable behaviour. The school takes seriously reports from staff members or students concerning experiences of abusive behaviour.
The school will show discretion both towards the person or persons who have experienced the abuse and the person or persons suspected of being the abuser.
What options for action are open depends on the specific situation and the individual’s need for confidentiality – a need the school will respect.
The school will always start by listening to the employee or student who feels violated before taking action or involving other people in the matter.
The school will always clarify whether the person who feels violated wants to have the experience dealt with further.
If the school is to act or otherwise follow up on the suspected violator, the person who feels violated cannot remain anonymous.
By agreement with the person who feels violated, the school may initiate a thorough and impartial investigation. During this investigation the parties – and any witnesses – will be given an opportunity to describe the actual course of events.
The school will always offer the opportunity of the parties bringing along a person of their own choice to interviews held to clarify the matter.
The school’s approach to following-up on and handling the issue is solution-oriented.
Based on the investigation, the school will assess which actions or reactions are appropriate. The action/reaction will depend on the nature, extent and severity of the incident. The following are examples of possible actions:
- Dialogue interviews / conflict mediation
- A rebuke or reprimand / warnings
- Transfer to other work tasks / units
- In serious cases or in the event of repetition, expulsion or dismissal may be an option
- If there is a reasonable suspicion of criminal acts having taken place, the school encourages reporting the matter to the police