100 School District

100 Legal Status of the School District

Iowa law authorizes the creation of a Common Schools System. As part of this Common Schools System, this school district is a school corporation created and organized under Iowa law.  This school district is known as the Knoxville Community School District.

This school corporation is located in Marion County, and its affairs are conducted by elected school officials, the Knoxville Community School District Board of Directors. This school corporation has exclusive jurisdiction over school matters in the territory of the school district.

 

 

Approved:  04/13/2015    Reviewed:  10/23/2017    Revised:          

101 Educational Philosophy of the School District

The Knoxville School District and the Board of Directors of the Knoxville Community School District are dedicated to promoting an equal opportunity for a quality public education to it’s students, within the limitations of the school district’s ability, in order to provide for students, in cooperation with the families and the school district community, the opportunnity to develop a healthy social, intellectual, emotional and physical self-concept in a learning environment that provides guidance and encourages each student to develop his/her full potential and become a productive citizen. The District and the Board endeavor, through the dedication of the District’s resources, to encourage students to prepare for and anticipate their future. In order to achieve this goal, the District and the Board will seek qualified employees dedicated to the development of their professional skills for the betterment of the education program.

Instruction and curriculum are the key elements of a public education. Critical thinking and problem solving skills that will assist the students' preparation for life is instructed as part of a sequentially coordinated curriculum. The school district strives to prepare students for employment, to discover and nurture creative talent and to prepare them to meet and cope with social change in an atmosphere conducive to learning.

The support and involvement of the home and the school district community are essential to achieve educational excellence in the school district. The school district strives to maintain an active relationship with the home and the school district community to create within the students an awareness of the importance of each, and to encourage the goals outlined above outside of the educational environment.

 

Approved:  04/13/2015    Reviewed:      Revised:  10/23/2017    

102 Equal Educational Opportunity

The Knoxville Community School District and Board will not discriminate in educational programs on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, marital status,  socioeconomic status or genetic information. The Board and the District will not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of age, race, creed, color, gender, gender orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, or disability. Further, the District and the Board affirm the right of all students and staff to be treated with respect and to be protected from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm, and harassment.

The Board and the District require all persons, agencies, vendors, contractors, and other persons and organizations doing business with or performing services for the District to subscribe to all applicable federal and state laws, executive orders, rules and regulations pertaining to contract compliance and equal opportunity.

Inquiries or grievances related to this policy may be directed to the District Equity Coordinator Linda Russell, Director of Human Resources at 309 W Main, Knoxville, IA 50138, 641/842-6551 or linda.russell@kcsd.k12.ia.us.  Students who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the school district Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator.  The Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator is Cassi Pearson and can be reached at (641)842-6551 or at cassi.pearson@kcsd.k12.ia.us. The District Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Coordinator is Brian McNeill. Any person having inquiries concerning the District’s compliance with this federal non-discrimination law can contact him at (641)842-3315 or brian.mcneill@kcsd.k12.ia.us.  These individuals have been designated by the District to coordinate the District’s efforts to comply with federal and/or state non-discrimination laws.  Inquiries may also be directed to the Director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319, (800)457-4416; to the Office for Civil Rights Chicago Office, United States Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, Illinios, 60661, (312)730-1560; or to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chicago Office, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois, 60661, (800)669-4000. Inquiries may also be directed to the Director, Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319.

The Knoxville Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:

____Agricultural, Food and Natural Resources

____Arts, Communications and Information Systems

____Applied Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Manufacturing, including transportation,

        distribution, logistics, architecture and construction

____Health Sciences

____Human Services, including law, public safety, corrections, security, government, public

       administration, and education and training

____Business, Finance, Marketing and Management

There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. Any person having inquiries concerning the District’s compliance with federal and/or state non-discrimination law is directed to contact  District Equity Coordinator Linda Russell, Director of Human Resources at 309 W Main, Knoxville, IA 50138, 641/842-6551 or linda.russell@kcsd.k12.ia.us.  Students who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the school district Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator.  The Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator is Cassi Pearson and can be reached at (641)842-6551 or at cassi.pearson@kcsd.k12.ia.us. The District Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Coordinator is Brian McNeill. Any person having inquiries concerning the District’s compliance with this federal non-discrimination law can contact him at (641)842-3315 or brian.mcneill@kcsd.k12.ia.us.  These individuals have been designated by the District to coordinate the District’s efforts to comply with federal and/or state non-discrimination laws.

 
 

COMPLAINT FORM

(Discrimination, Anti-Bullying, and Anti-Harassment)

 

Date of complaint:

 

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Name of Complainant:

 

_____________________________________________________

 

Are you filling out this form for yourself or someone else (please identify the individual if you are submitting on behalf of someone else):

 

_____________________________________________________

 

_____________________________________________________

 

Who or what entity do you believe discriminated against, harassed, or bullied you (or someone else)?

 

_____________________________________________________

 

_____________________________________________________

 

 

Date and place of alleged incident(s):

 

_____________________________________________________

 

_____________________________________________________

 

Names of any witnesses (if any):

 

 

_____________________________________________________

 

Nature of discrimination, harassment, or bullying alleged:_________________________________

 

In the space below, please describe what happened and why you believe that you or someone else has been discriminated against, harassed, or bullied. Please be as specific as possible and attach additional pages if necessary. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

I agree that all of the information on this form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.

Signature: _____________________________________      Date:  __________________________

Policy Title         Witness Disclosure Form                                                                     Code No. 102.00 E4

WITNESS DISCLOSURE FORM

 

Name of Witness:

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Date of interview:

 

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Date of initial complaint:

 

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Name of Complainant (include whether the Complainant is a student or employee):

_____________________________________________________

 

_____________________________________________________

 

 

Date and place of alleged incident(s):

_____________________________________________________

 

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Nature of discrimination, harassment, or bullying alleged:______________________________________

 

Description of incident witnessed:

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Additional information:  __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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I agree that all of the information on this form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.

 

Signature: _____________________________________      Date:  __________________________

DISPOSITION OF COMPLAINT FORM

 

Date:

 

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Date of initial complaint:

 

 

_____________________________________________________

 

Name of Complainant (include whether the Complainant is a student or employee):

 

_____________________________________________________

 

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Date and place of alleged incident(s):

_____________________________________________________

 

_____________________________________________________

 

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Name of Respondent (include whether the Respondent is a student or employee):

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_____________________________________________________

 

_____________________________________________________

 

 

Nature of discrimination, harassment, or bullying alleged:______________________________________

 

Summary of Investigation: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

I agree that all of the information on this form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.

 

Signature: _____________________________________      Date:  _________________________

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

It is the policy of the Knoxville Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact Jill Van Woerkom, Equity Coordinator at 309 W Main, Knoxville, IA 50138, 641/842-6551 or jill.vanwoerkom@kcsd.k12.ia.us.

Students, parents of students, employees, and applicants for employment in the school district have the right to file a formal complaint alleging discrimination. The district has policies and procedures in place to identify and investigate complaints alleging discrimination. If appropriate, the district will take steps to prevent the recurrence of discrimination and to correct its discriminatory effects on the Complainant and others.

A Complainant may attempt to resolve the problem informally by discussing the matter with a building principal or a direct supervisor. However, the Complainant has the right to end the informal process at any time and pursue the formal grievance procedures outlined below. Use of the informal or formal grievance procedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies. Please note that informal processes and procedures are not to be used in certain circumstances (e.g., sexual harassment and sexual assault).

Filing a Complaint

A Complainant who wishes to avail himself/herself of this grievance procedure may do so by filing a complaint with the equity coordinator(s). The alternate is Craig Mobley, School Business Manager and Board Secretary. An alternate will be designated in the event it is claimed that the Equity Coordinator or School Business Manager committed the alleged discrimination or some other conflict of interest exists. Complaints shall be filed within 20 days (twenty) of the event giving rise to the complaint or from the date the Complainant could reasonably become aware of such occurrence. The Complainant will state the nature of the complaint and the remedy requested. The equity coordinator(s) shall assist the Complainant as needed.

Investigation

Within 2 (two) working days from receipt of the complaint unless there are extenuating circumstances, the equity coordinator will begin the investigation of the complaint or appoint a qualified person to undertake the investigation (hereinafter “equity coordinator”).  If the Complainant is under 18 years of age, the equity coordinator shall notify his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) that they may attend investigatory meetings in which the Complainant is involved. The complaint and identity of the Complainant, Respondent, or witnesses will only be disclosed as reasonably necessary in connection with the investigation or as required by law or policy. The investigation may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • A request for the Complainant to provide a written statement regarding the nature of the complaint;

  • A request for the individual named in the complaint to provide a written statement;

  • A request for witnesses identified during the course of the investigation to provide a written statement;

  • Interviews of the Complainant, Respondent, or witnesses;

  • An opportunity to present witnesses or other relevant information; and

  • Review and collection of documentation or information deemed relevant to the investigation.

Within 15 (fifteen) working days unless there are extenuating circumstances, the equity coordinator shall complete the investigation and issue a report with respect to the findings.

The equity coordinator shall notify the Complainant and Respondent of the decision within 5 (five) working days of completing the written report. Notification shall be by U.S. mail, first class.

Decision and Appeal

The complaint is closed after the equity coordinator has issued the report, unless within 10 (ten) working days after receiving the decision, either party appeals the decision to the Superintendent by making a written request detailing why he/she believes the decision should be reconsidered. The equity coordinator shall promptly forward all materials relative to the complaint and appeal to the Superintendent. Within 10 (ten) working days, the Superintendent shall affirm, reverse, amend the decision, or direct the equity coordinator to gather additional information. The Superintendent shall notify the Complainant, Respondent, and the equity coordinator of the decision within 5 (five) working days of the decision. Notification shall be by U.S. mail, first class.

The decision of the Superintendent shall be final.

The decision of the Superintendent in no way prejudices a party from seeking redress through state or federal agencies as provided by in law.

This policy and procedures are to be used for complaints of discrimination, in lieu of any other general complaint policies or procedures that may be available.

If any of the stated timeframes cannot be met by the district, the district will notify the parties and pursue completion as promptly as possible.

Retaliation against any person, because the person has filed a complaint or assisted or participated in an investigation, is prohibited. Persons found to have engaged in retaliation shall be subject to discipline by appropriate measures.

 

Approved:  03/13/2017    Reviewed:      Revised: 10/23/2017    

 

103 Long-Range Needs Assessment

Long-range needs assessment enables the school district to analyze assessment data, get feedback from the community about its expectation of students and determine how well students are meeting student learning goals.  The board will conduct ongoing and in-depth needs assessment, soliciting information from business, labor, industry, higher education and community members, regarding their expectations for adequate student preparation.

In conjunction with the in-depth needs assessment of the school district, the board will authorize the appointment of a School Improvement Advisory Committee, representing administrators, employees, parents, students and community members, to make recommendations and assist the board in determining the priorities of the school district in addition to the basic skills areas of the education program.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure the school district community is informed of students' progress on state and locally determined indicators.  The superintendent will report annually to the board about the means used to keep the community informed.

Based on the School Improvement Advisory Committee’s recommendations, the board will determine major educational needs and rank them in priority order; develop long-range goals and plans to meet the educational needs; establish and implement short-range and intermediate-range plans to meet the goals and to attain the desired levels of student performance; evaluate progress toward meeting the goals and maintain a record of progress under the plan that includes reports of student performance and results of school improvement projects; and annually report the school district's progress made under the plan to the committee, community and Iowa Department of Education.

Approved:  04/13/2015    Reviewed:      Revised:  10/23/2017    

104 Anti-Bullying/Harassment

Harassment and bullying of students and employees are against federal, state, and local policy, and are not tolerated by the board.  The board is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect.  To that end, the board has in place policies, procedures, and practices that are designed to reduce and eliminate bullying and harassment as well as processes and procedures to deal with incidents of bullying and harassment.  Bullying and harassment of students by other students, by school employees, and by volunteers who have direct contact with students will not be tolerated in the school or school district.

The board prohibits harassment, bullying, hazing, or any other victimization of students, employees, and volunteers based on any of the following actual or perceived traits or characteristics, including but not limited to, age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, place of residence, genetic information, or familial status.  

This policy is in effect while students or employees are on property within the jurisdiction of the board; while on school-owned or school-operated vehicles; while using school-owned electronic devices; while attending or engaged in school-sponsored activities; and while away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management, and welfare of the school or school district.

If after an investigation a student is found to be in violation of this policy, the student shall be subject to disciplinary action up to, and including suspension and/or expulsion.  If, after an investigation, a school employee is found to be in violation of this policy, the employee shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.  If after an investigation a school volunteer is found to be in violation of this policy, the volunteer shall be subject to appropriate measures, which may include exclusion from school grounds.  “Volunteer” means an individual who has regular, significant contact with students.

Harassment and bullying includes any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or conduct toward a student which is based on any actual or perceived trait or characteristic of the student and which creates an objectively hostile school environment that meets one or more of the following conditions:

  • Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property;

  • Has a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health;

  • Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance; or

  • Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

“Electronic” means any communication involving the transmission of information by wire, radio, optical cable, electromagnetic, or other similar means. “Electronic” includes but is not limited to communication via electronic mail, internet-based communications, pager service, cell phones, electronic text messaging or similar technologies.

Harassment and bullying of students may include, but are not limited to, the following behaviors and circumstances:

  • Verbal, nonverbal, physical, or written harassment, bullying, hazing, or other victimization that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim;

  • Repeated remarks of a demeaning nature that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim;

  • Implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, achievements, property, etc. that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim;

  • Demeaning jokes, stories, or activities directed at the student that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim; and/or

  • Unreasonable interference with a student’s performance or creation of an intimidating, offensive, or hostile learning environment.

Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • Submission to the conduct is made either implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of the student’s education or benefits;

  • Submission to or rejection of the conduct by a school employee is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting that student; or

  • The conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.

In situations between students and school officials, faculty, staff, or volunteers who have direct contact with students, bullying and harassment may also include the following behaviors:

  • Requiring that a student submit to bullying or harassment by another student, either explicitly or implicitly, as a term or condition of the targeted student’s education or participation in school programs or activities; and/or

  • Requiring submission to or rejection of such conduct as a basis for decisions affecting the student.

Any person who promptly, reasonably, and in good faith reports an incident of bullying or harassment under this policy to a school official, shall be immune from civil or criminal liability relating to such report and to the person’s participation in any administrative, judicial, or other proceeding relating to the report.  Individuals who knowingly file a false complaint may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

Retaliation against any person, because the person has filed a bullying or harassment complaint or assisted or participated in a harassment investigation or proceeding, is also prohibited.  Individuals who knowingly file false harassment complaints and any person who gives false statements in an investigation shall be subject to discipline by appropriate measures, as shall any person who is found to have retaliated against another in violation of this policy.  Any student found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and include suspension or expulsion.  Any school employee found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, termination of employment.  Any school volunteer found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including exclusion from school grounds.

The school or school district will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of bullying or harassment.  The building principal or designee will be responsible for handling all complaints by students alleging bullying or harassment. The building principal or designee will be responsible for handling all complaints by employees alleging bullying or harassment.

It also is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the investigator and principals, to develop procedures regarding this policy.  The superintendent also is responsible for organizing training programs for students, school officials, faculty, staff, and volunteers who have direct contact with students.  The training will include how to recognize harassment and what to do in case a student is harassed.  It will also include proven effective harassment prevention strategies.  The superintendent will also develop a process for evaluating the effectiveness of the policy in reducing bullying and harassment in the school.  The superintendent shall provide an annual report of alleged bullying/harassment incidents to the board.

The board will annually publish this policy.  The policy will be publicized by the following means:

  • Inclusion in the student handbook.

  • Inclusion in the employee handbook

  • Inclusion in the registration materials

  • Inclusion on the school or school district’s website,

and a copy shall be made available to any person at the central administrative office at 309 W. Main, Knoxville, IA  50138.

 

ANTI-BULLYING/HARASSMENT COMPLAINT FORM

Name of complainant:________________________________________________________________________

 

Position of complainant:________________________________________________________________________

 

Name of student or employee target: ____________________________________________________________________________________________

Date of complaint:__________________________________________________________________________

 

Name of alleged harasser or bully:_____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Date and place of incident or incidents:__________________________________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Nature of Discrimination or Harassment Alleged:__________________________________________________________________________________

 

Description of misconduct:____________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Name of witnesses (if any):____________________________________________________________________

Evidence of harassment or bullying, i.e., letters, photos, etc. (attach evidence if possible):__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Any other information:_______________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

I agree that all of the information on this form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.

 

Signature:  ________________________________________________       Date:   ______/______/______

 

ANTI-BULLYING/HARASSMENT WITNESS DISCLOSURE FORM

 

Name of witness:  ____________________________________________________________________

 

Position of witness:___________________________________________________________________

 

Date of testimony, interview: ___________________________________________________________

 

Description of incident witnessed:

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Any other information: ___________________________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

I agree that all of the information on this form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.

 

Signature:  ________________________________________________       Date:   ______/______/______

 

DISPOSITION OF ANTI-BULLYING/HARASSMENT COMPLAINT FORM

 

Name of complainant:_________________________________________________________________

 

Name of student or employee target:_____________________________________________________

Grade and building of student or employee: _______________________________________________

 

Name and position or grade of alleged perpetrator/respondent: ______________________________________________________________________

 

Date of initial complaint: ______________________________________________________________

 

Nature of Discrimination or Harassment Alleged:___________________________________________

 

Summary of investigation: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

I agree that all of the information on this form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.

 

Signature:  ________________________________________________       Date:   ______/______/______

ANTI-BULLYING/HARASSMENT INVESTIGATION PROCEDURES

COMPLAINT AND INVESTIGATION PROCEDURE

Anyone who believes he/she is a victim of bullying or harassment or has witnessed what he/she believes is bullying or harassment will notify the principal (or designee) of the building the alleged victim attends.

The building principal (or designee) will investigate the claim promptly, upon receipt of the written complaint form.  The principal or designee will interview the complainant and the alleged harasser.  The alleged harasser may file a written statement in response to the complaint.  The principal may interview witnesses as deemed appropriate.  

When a complaint has been made, and during the investigation, the principal shall inform the complainant and alleged harasser that there should be no contact between the complainant or harasser during the investigation.  Threats, or retaliation, by the accused toward the complainant will subject the accuser to disciplinary action up to and including suspension and/or expulsion from school.

Upon completion of the investigation, the principal will determine if the claim is founded.  The principal will inform the complainant and the alleged harasser of his/her decision.  Upon completion of the investigation, the principal will make written findings and conclusions.  A copy of the findings and conclusions will be forwarded to the Superintendent of Schools.  The principal will comply with Iowa Department of Education rules by submitting a report to the Iowa Department of Education as required.

If the principal determines the claim is unfounded, the complainant may appeal the decision to the District’s Level One Investigator or Alternate Investigator.  If the principal determined the claim is founded, the accused may appeal the decision to the District’s Level One Investigator or Alternate Investigator.  The investigator (or alternate) will investigate the claim, and after conducting the investigation, will determine if the claim is founded.  The findings of the investigator (or alternate) shall be communicated in writing to the complainant, the accused, the building principal, and the Superintendent of Schools.

RESOLUTION OF THE COMPLAINT

If the claim is founded, the building principal shall determine if disciplinary action will be taken.  Disciplinary action may include suspension or expulsion from school.

POINTS TO REMEMBER IN THE INVESTIGATION

  • Evidence uncovered in the investigation is confidential.

  • Complaints must be taken seriously and investigated.

  • No retaliation will be taken against individuals involved in the investigation process.

  • Retaliators will be disciplined up to, and including, suspension and expulsion.

CONFLICTS

If the investigator is a witness to the incident, the alternate investigator shall investigate.

 

Approved:  08/27/2007      Reviewed:      Revised:  10/23/2017