Discriminatory harassment of students will not be tolerated in the District. This policy is in effect while students are on school grounds, District property, or on property within the jurisdiction of the District; while on school‐owned and/or school‐operated vehicles; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management and welfare of the District.
Discriminatory harassment prohibited by the District includes, but is not limited to, harassment on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, color, national origin, religion, marital status or disability. Students whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy after an investigation may be disciplined, up to and including, suspension and expulsion.
Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student’s performance or creating an intimidating, offensive or hostile learning environment.
Sexual harassment as set out above, may include, but is not limited to the following:
- verbal or written harassment or abuse;
- pressure for sexual activity;
- repeated remarks to a person with sexual or demeaning implications;
- unwelcome touching;
- suggesting or demanding sexual involvement, accompanied by implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, achievements, etc.
Harassment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, marital status sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability means conduct of a verbal or physical nature that is designed to unreasonably embarrass, distress, agitate, disturb or trouble students when such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student’s performance or creating an intimidating, offensive or hostile learning environment.
Harassment as set forth above may include, but is not limited to the following:
- verbal, physical or written harassment, bullying or abuse;
- repeated remarks of a demeaning nature;
- implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, achievements, etc.;
- demeaning jokes, stories, or activities directed at the student.
The District will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of harassment. The building principal will be responsible for handling all complaints by students alleging harassment.
Retaliation against a student because the student has filed a harassment complaint or assisted or participated in a harassment investigation or proceeding is also prohibited, however, the superintendent has the right to discipline students who knowingly file false harassment complaints. A student who is found to have retaliated against another in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including, suspension and expulsion.
It will also be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the investigator and principals, to develop administrative rules regarding this policy. The superintendent will also be responsible for organizing training programs for students and employees. The training will include how to recognize harassment and what to do in case a student is harassed. It will also include effective harassment prevention strategies. The superintendent will also develop a process for evaluating the effectiveness of the policy by reducing harassment in the District. The superintendent shall report to the board on the progress of reducing harassment in the District.
Approved: August 9, 2004
Reviewed: May 23, 2016
Revised: August 13, 2007