The Governing Board is committed to maintaining a school environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. The Board prohibits sexual harassment of any student by another student, an employee or other person, at school or at a school-sponsored or school-related activity. The Board also prohibits retaliatory behavior or action against any person who complains, testifies, assists or otherwise participates in the complaint process established in accordance with this policy.
What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, unwanted requests for sexual favors, and other unwanted verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature made against another person of the same or opposite sex in the educational setting, when made on the basis of sex: (Education Code 212.5; 5 CCR 4916) included, but not limited to:
- 1.Unwelcome leering, sexual flirtations or propositions
- 2.Unwelcome Sexual slurs, leering, epithets, threats, verbal abuse, derogatory comments or sexually degrading descriptions
- 3.Graphic verbal comments about an individual’s body, or overly personal conversation
- 4.Sexual jokes, derogatory posters, notes, stories, cartoons, drawings, pictures, obscene gestures or computer-generated images of a sexual nature
- 5.Spreading sexual rumors
- 6.Teasing or sexual remarks about students enrolled in a predominantly single-sex class
- 7.Massaging, grabbing, fondling, stroking, or brushing the body
- 8.Touching an individual’s body or clothes in a sexual way
- 9.Purposefully cornering or blocking normal movements or any physical interference with school activities when directed at an individual on the basis of sex
- 10.Displaying sexually suggestive objects
- 11.Sexual assault, sexual battery, or sexual coercion
And/or under the following conditions:
- 1.Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of an individual’s academic status or progress.
- 2.Submission to or rejection of the conduct by a student is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting a student.
- 3.The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact on the student’s academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment.
- 4.Submission to or rejection of the conduct by the student is used as the basis for any decision affecting the student regarding benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the school.
Any student who feels that he/she is being or has been subjected to sexual harassment on school grounds or at a school-sponsored or school-related activity (e.g., by a visiting athlete or coach) shall immediately contact a school employee. A school employee to whom a complaint is made shall, within 24 hours of his/her getting the complaint, report it to the principal.
Any school employee who observes any incident of sexual harassment on any student shall similarly report his/her observation to the principal, whether or not the victim makes a complaint. If the alleged harasser is the principal, the employee may report the complaint or his/her observation of the incident to the Superintendent or designee who shall investigate the complaint.
- The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that any complaints regarding sexual harassment are immediately investigated in accordance with administrative regulation.
- When the Superintendent or designee has determined that harassment has occurred, he/she shall take prompt, appropriate action to end the harassment and to address its effects on the victim.
- The principal or designee to whom a complaint of sexual harassment is reported shall immediately investigate the complaint.
- Where the principal or designee finds that sexual harassment occurred, he/she shall take prompt, appropriate action to end the harassment and address its effects on the victim.
- The principal or designee shall also advise the victim of any other remedies that may be available.
- The principal or designee shall file a report with the Superintendent or designee and refer the matter to law enforcement authorities, where necessary.
- In addition, the student may file a formal complaint with the Superintendent or designee in accordance with the district’s uniform complaint procedures. Information gathered in the course of investigating a sexual harassment complaint shall be kept confidential to the extent possible.