Sexual Harassment

It is the policy of the Board of Trustees to forbid sexual harassment of all students.  The Board of Trustees will not tolerate sexual harassment activity of students by any students or any of its employees.  This policy similarly applies to non-employee volunteers who work subject to the control of school authorities.


A.  Sexual Harassment Defined: “Sexual Harassment” is defined as sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that:

  1. explicitly or implicitly bases an educational decision on the student’s submission to such advances, requests and other conduct; or:
  2. that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to create a hostile or abusive educational environment for the student.

    “Conduct of a sexual nature” includes, but is not limited to, verbal or physical sexual advances, including subtle pressure or sexual             activity; touching, pinching, patting, or brushing against; comments regarding physical or personality characteristics of a sexual nature;         and sexually-oriented “kidding”, “teasing”, double-entendres, and jokes.


B. Reporting, Investigation and Sanctions:


  1. It is the express policy of the Board of Trustees to encourage student victims of sexual harassment to come forward with such claims.

        (a) Students who feel that they are being sexually harassed are encouraged to report these conditions to a building administrator or                 counselor.

        (b)  If a student reports sexual harassment to a school employee, other than an administrator or counselor, that employee shall                         immediately forward the report to a building administrator or counselor.

        (c)  If any school employee has good reason to believe that a student is being sexually harassed by a school employee, another                     student or a school volunteer-although that employee has not received a report of sexual harassment from the student or otherwise,              that employee shall immediately forward a report of sexual harassment to a building administrator or counselor.

        (d)  If an administrator or counselor receives a report of the sexual harassment of a student, the report shall be immediately forwarded                to the Superintendent, who has the responsibility of investigating and resolving all complaints of sexual harassment.

        (e)  Confidentiality will be maintained and no reprisals or retaliation will be allowed to occur as a result of the good faith reporting of                     charges of sexual harassment.


     2.  In determining whether alleged conduct constitutes sexual harassment, the totality of the circumstances, the nature of the conduct             and the context in which the alleged conduct occurred will be investigated.

    3. Any student or employee found to have engaged in sexual harassment shall be subject to appropriate discipline, including, but not                limited to, warning, suspension, or expulsion in the case of a student offender, and warning, reprimand, admonishment, suspension, or         dismissal in the case of an employee offender, subject to applicable procedural requirements. 

 

The District prohibits and will not tolerate any form of sexual misconduct (including sexual abuse, sexual molestation, and sexual harassment) toward students on the part of District employees, administrators, officials, volunteers, or third parties.


This policy expands upon, and is established in addition to, the District policy on the prevention of illegal harassment.  Because the District has a particular interest in maintaining student safety and well being, it has established this additional policy to specifically address sexual misconduct toward students.


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