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Report Discrimination: Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation

Olentangy Local School District is committed to having a school environment free from all discrimination, bullying, harassment, and intimidation. All students, administrators, teachers, staff, and school personnel share responsibility for avoiding, discouraging, and reporting any form of unlawful discrimination. Under Federal civil rights laws discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, ancestry, or genetic information is strictly prohibited. Furthermore, retaliation against individuals who file a complaint is also prohibited.

Bullying, harassment, or intimidation includes any intentional, persistent, and repetitive written, verbal, graphic, electronically submitted, or physical act that a student or group of students exhibits toward another student and the behavior both: a). causes mental or physical harm to the other student AND b). is sufficiently severe that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the victim.

When an incident arises that requires a report to be filed, please direct your complaint to the appropriate personnel below. You can also fill out an anonymous report on our Stay Safe Speak Up helpline.

For more information about options for filing a report, please review the following FAQ sheet.

1). All reports involving a district employee should be directed to:

Jennifer Iceman  
Assistant Director of HR (Classified)  
jennifer_iceman@olsd.us
(740) 657-5056
 
   
Nancy Freese
Assistant Director of HR (Certified)
nancy_freese@olsd.us 
(740) 657-4003
 

2). All reports involving district programs (curricular or co-curricular) should be directed to:

Marty Arganbright  
Director of Pupil Services  
marty_arganbright@olsd.us  
(740) 657-4075  


Peggy McMurry

Director of Curriculum
peggy_mcmurry@olsd.us 
(740) 657-4023
 

3). All reports involving student incidents should be directed to:


Jackie Merkle

Title VI Coordinator
Supervisor of Equity and Inclusion

jacqueline_merkle@olsd.us

(740) 657-5068


Peggy McMurry

Title IX Coordinator

peggy_mcmurry@olsd.us 

(740) 657-4023
 

Randy Wright

Chief of Administrative Services

randy_wright@olsd.us

(740) 657-4012

 

Glossary of Federal Civil Rights Laws


  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States…shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
  • Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990: “No qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity.”
  • Age Discrimination Act of 1975: “The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 prohibits discrimination on the basis of age in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.”

The Olentangy Board of Education has adopted the following policies to address discrimination, bullying, harassment, and intimidation in the district:

Harassment Reports