Diocesan Harassment Policy

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School strives to establish a Christian, professional and supportive educational community for administrators, faculty and staff, parents, and students. The Diocese of St. Petersburg has adopted and promulgated a harassment policy for its schools that addresses behaviors that interfere with the schools mission. We, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, condemn any form of harassment. Concerns should be reported directly to the school administrator. All credible allegations will be addressed according to the Diocesan Policy.

Students should be aware that name calling, bullying, and verbal or physical threats are forms of harassment and are unacceptable in our Catholic environment. Under federal and state laws (Florida Statues 111.32) and policies, sexual harassment is illegal and prohibited in school settings. Sexual harassment is unwanted and unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature, which interferes with a student’s right to learn, study, work, or participate in school activities in a comfortable and supportive atmosphere.

Some examples of behavior that may be considered sexual harassment are:
•Staring or leering at parts of someone else’s body
•Comments, gestures, or jokes of a sexual nature
•Display of sexual pictures or objects
•Spreading sexual rumors or commenting about sexual behavior
•Repeated pressure for dates or unwanted sexual activity
•Touching, grabbing, or pinching
•Physical sexual assault

In keeping with the Christian regard for dignity of each person, sexual harassment will not be tolerated at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School.