Vajrasati grievance procedure

 

How to facilitate the Vajrasati grievance procedure
 
If a complaint is made about a student verbally or in writing, the complaint should be dealt with in the following way:
  • If a written serious compliant is received regarding a teacher’s ability to teach safely or with professional conduct befitting a yoga teacher then the said student should be temporarily suspended* while the matter is investigated.
  • All correspondences between the investigator/s and the suspended teacher should be witnessed by one or more students of the school (cc them in on emails)
  • Where possible witness statements should be gathered from the teacher, the complainant and if possible one or more other participants present during one or more of the classes where the said ‘offence/s’ were committed.
  • Character references from within the school and students from classes should be gathered
  • Consideration should be made and if possible witness statements should be gathered regarding other incidence of a similar nature to that being alluded to by the complainant.
  • The investigator/s should use information gathered from the above sources and their own experience of the teacher being complained about to make an informed choice about how to proceed with the situation.
  • In the case of repeated incidence of a similar ‘offence’ the investigator should consider a ‘yellow card’ (a conditional warning with signed agreement from the student to indicate the teachers full awareness of the conditions that need to be complied with for their continued membership) or a red card (expulsion- with/without reapplication potential) which follows the breach of the conditions stipulated with yellow card or following a ‘strong offence’.
  • A ‘Yellow card’ may also be offered for a one off offence of suitable strength.
 
*Suspension – this is a ‘suspension’ from the right to teach using the Vajarasti name effectively a ‘suspension therefore from teaching’, until the matter is cleared up. 
As this may have serious consequences for the teacher the process of suspension should take no more than 2 weeks, and all parties should make maximum effort to facilitate this turn around.
It is suggested that the teacher seeks cover for this period from within the school and no explanation needs to be offered to the students of the teacher other than they are having a break. It is further suggested that the teacher offers a wage to the cover either a percentage of the takings or a fixed wage where the cover takes up to a certain fixed (from profits taken on the night i.e. after hall hire fees are covered) wage and no more.
 
Examples of Yellow card or conditional re admission
  • In the case of repeated incidence of a similar ‘offence’ the investigator should consider a ‘yellow card’
  • In the case of a one off incidence of sufficient gravity such as
  1. Public slandering of the school or members therein
  2. Teaching practices not condoned by the school (pranayamas other than; rechaka puraka,ujjayi,viloma,bhastrika,kapalabhati,anuloma,pratiloma,surya and Chandra bhenda,nadi sodhana and bhramari)
  3. Teaching to a blatantly inappropriate level i.e. advanced pranayama to beginners. –
  4. Teaching beyond the level of your qualification i.e. teaching advanced level courses, specialised workshops within less than a year of graduation.
.......................the investigator should consider a ‘yellow card’
 
Examples of Red card or expulsion with/without reapplication potential.
  • A red card follows the breach of the conditions stipulated with yellow card.
  • In the case of a one off incidence of sufficient gravity such as
  1. Proven sexual harassment (in the case of a complaint by a student of being sexually harassed-with witness confirmation)
  2. Classroom violence-including physical violence or verbal violence (in the case of a complaint of unsolicited gender, race, class, disabilty based insults pitched to hurt or humiliate-with witness confirmation)
  3. Blatant unremorseful disregard for the Vajrasati teaching principles.
 .......................the investigator should consider a ‘red card’
  • If the teacher does not agree to meet up to discuss the issue within 7 months from the first report of incident/s and the investigator has made repeated efforts to arrange such a meeting.
.......................the investigator should consider a ‘red card’
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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