The Governing Council of the school approved the following policy and setup respective committees.
It is important that all schools operating under Saipath Education & Film Services (including but not limited to LISAA School Of Design, Bangalore and CREO Valley School Of Film & Television) faculty, staff, and students enjoy an environment free from implicit and explicit behavior used to control, influence, or affect the well being of any member of our community. Harassment of individuals based on their race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or genetic information i is unacceptable and grounds for disciplinary action, and also constitutes a violation of law. Equally unacceptable within the school is the harassment of individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation ii , gender identity iii , or gender expression iv .
- Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. It is illegal under state and federal law and is a violation of policy. Sexual harassment is prohibited under the laws of Education and Workplace. It states that “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when 1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment; 2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual; 3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.”
- Racial and Other Harassment in the Work Environment: Harassment against individuals on the basis of their race, color, religion, or national origin is a form of unlawful discrimination and is prohibited. When harassment based on an individual’s race, color, religion, or national origin has the “purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment,” it rises to the level of unlawful discrimination. In addition, these principles apply to harassment on the basis of age, disability, and genetic information under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, respectively. Finally, the schools, through its nondiscrimination statement, applies these principles to harassment on the basis of an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
- In compliance with laws, Saipath Schools does not retaliate against individuals for 1) filing or encouraging one to file a complaint of unlawful discrimination, 2) participating in an investigation of unlawful discrimination, or 3) opposing unlawful discrimination. In addition, Saipath Schools does not retaliate against individuals for filing or encouraging one to file a complaint of discrimination, participating in an investigation of discrimination, or opposing discrimination based on grounds not necessarily protected by federal or state law, but protected by the nondiscrimination policy, such as sexual orientation. “Retaliation” includes any adverse employment action or act of revenge against an individual for filing or encouraging one to file a complaint of discrimination, participating in an investigation of discrimination, or opposing discrimination.
- Complaint Procedure: Any member of the Saipath community who experiences harassment on the basis of his or her race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression should immediately seek assistance through respective government organizations. In addition, any member of the schools community who experiences retaliation after filing or encouraging one to file a complaint of discrimination, participating in an investigation of discrimination, or opposing discrimination should immediately seek assistance through the committee setup by the management of Saipath Schools. The committee will document the details of the complaint and will conduct a prompt and thorough investigation of the allegations. The committee will explain the process to all parties involved and notify them of the need for confidentiality to be maintained throughout. Where appropriate, the committee will facilitate remedial action to protect the parties involved in the process. All pertinent documents will be reviewed and appropriate witnesses will be interviewed. Following an objective evaluation of the information gathered, the committee will notify the parties of the outcome of the investigation. Where appropriate, the committee will facilitate a resolution.
This policy is intended as a guideline to assist in the consistent application of school policies and programs for staff. The policy does not intend to alter, modify or bypass the laws applicable under the constitution of India. The policy does not create a contract implied or expressed, with any Saipath staff members, who are employees at will. Saipath reserves the right to modify this policy in whole or in part, at any time, at the discretion of the Governing Council.
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