Standards of Conduct

The following Standards of Conduct and Guidelines are set forth by the Board of Trustees for the W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School, and apply to all staff, volunteer teachers, students, and their parents.

I. Standards of Conduct

All staff, teachers, students, and parents are expected to meet acceptable standards and to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. The rules set forth below are a guide on allowable conduct on a day to day basis.  This list is not meant to be all-inclusive, and various other circumstances may arise that require the attention of the School.  The rules are not intended to form any contract between the School and its staff, teachers, students, or parents.  However, the willful or deliberate violation of these rules can necessitate action towards any individual associated with the W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School.

1. Any act which might endanger the safety or lives of others, or the willful, deliberate or repeated violation of any safety rules.

2. Willfully falsifying any School records or documents.

3. Sexual, verbal, physical or visual forms of harassment directed at any person associated with the School or discriminatory conduct toward staff, volunteer teachers, students, or parents for reasons of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap or other status.

4. Destroying, damaging, defacing, sabotaging or theft of School records, property or the equipment of others during the conduct of School business.

5. Engaging in acts of violence, fighting or threats of violence toward persons associated with the School.

6. Bringing liquor, narcotics, drugs or any controlled substance on School premises or while in the conduct of School business.

7. Carrying firearms or other dangerous weapons on School premises or while in the conduct of School business.

8. Disclosure of confidential School information to unauthorized persons.

9. Engaging in activity that conflicts or gives the appearance of conflicting with the interest of the School.

10. Engaging in conduct which brings criticism and reproach upon the School or which materially affects or interferes with its operation.

II. Policies

These policies are intended to support the Standards of Conduct for all staff, volunteer teachers, students and parents at the W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School

A. Sexual Harassment/Discrimination

Sexual harassment and discrimination includes unwelcome sexual advances or propositions, requests for sexual favors, unwelcome sexual flirtations, unnecessary touching of an individual, graphic or verbal commentary about an individual’s body, the use of sexually degrading words, sexually explicit or offensive jokes, or physical assault.

Any person who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in sexual harassment or discrimination in violation of School policies will be subject to disciplinary action or termination.

B. Drugs and Alcohol

The School, as a matter of law, has the right to implement reasonable rules governing conduct while on School property or off property while engaged in School business.  Because abuse can lead to serious injury or property damage, clarification of the School’s position has been determined to be appropriate.

The following policy guidelines concerning substance abuse are established:

1. The illegal use, sale or possession of narcotics, drugs, alcohol, or controlled substances while on School property is strictly forbidden.

2. Staff, volunteer teachers, students, or parents under the influence of drugs or alcohol have the potential for interfering with their own or another persons safety.  Such conditions will be proper cause for action up to and including termination.

3. Off property drug use which could affect or jeopardize the safety of persons attending the school and could materially affect the School or interfere with its operation is proper cause for action up to and including termination.

4. Staff, teachers, students, and parents who are arrested for drug activity while not on the School property are considered to be in violation of this policy.  In deciding what action to take, the School will take into consideration the nature of the charges and the persons’s record with the School and other relative factors to the impact of the person’s arrest upon the School.

5. Person’s undergoing prescribed medical treatment with a controlled substance which will be brought onto School property or undergoing any medical treatment or taking any medication which could affect the health and safety of those attending the School should report this treatment to the staff.  It is important for the School to know when the health and safety of the School may be adversely affected by medical treatment.

III. Reporting of violations of Standards of Conduct or Guidelines

Any suspected violation should be immediately reported, in confidence, to the Executive Director or Assistant Director, so that an immediate investigation may be conducted.  If such notification is impractical, an Officer of the Corporation may be directly contacted.  Every effort will be made to promptly investigate all allegations in as confidential a manner as possible and take corrective action, if warranted.


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