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Equity and Civil Rights

Sexual Harassment

Students and staff are protected against sexual harassment by anyone in any school program or activity, including on the school campus, on the school bus, or off-campus, such as a school-sponsored field trip. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination.

Sexual harassment is unwelcome behavior or communication that is sexual in nature when:

  1. A student or employee is led to believe that he or she must submit to unwelcome sexual conduct or communications in order to gain something in return, such as a grade, a promotion, a place on a sports team, or any educational or employment decision, or
  2. The conduct substantially interfered with a student’s educational performance, or creates an intimidating or hostile educational or employment environment.

Examples of Sexual Harassment

  • Making sexual propositions or pressuring a person for sexual favors.
  • Touching of a sexual nature.
  • Writing graffiti of a sexual nature.
  • Displaying or distributing sexually explicit drawings, pictures, or written materials.
  • Circulating or showing e-mails or web sites of a sexual nature.
  • Making sexual jokes, suggestive remarks, sexual rumors, or derogatory comments.
  • Physical interference with movements, such as blocking or following someone.
  • Acts of physical violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.

Reporting Sexual Harassment
You can report sexual harassment to any school staff member, or to the district’s Title IX Officer or Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator.

You may also file a complaint with the school district using the state Discrimination Complaint Procedure.

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