4019.11 – Personnel – All Personnel – Sexual Harassment

Policy – x
Regulation –
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Adopted – 1/4/1996
Revised – 12-4-2003
The Governing Board desires to provide District employees with a working environment that is free from harassment. In order to achieve this end, the Board prohibits sexual harassment of District employees by anyone, in any manner, and shall not tolerate retaliatory action or behavior against a District employee or other person who complains, testifies or otherwise participates in the complaint process pursuant to Board policy and administrative regulations.

For the purposes of this policy, District employees shall include applicants for employment in the District.

Any District employee who permits, engages in or participates in sexual harassment of another District employee or student shall be in violation of this policy and is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. An employee shall be deemed to have permitted sexual harassment where he/she has knowledge that a student or an employee has engaged in sexual harassment and fails to report such student or employee to the appropriate authorities, whether or not the victim makes a complaint

A supervisor, principal or District administrator other than the Superintendent or designee who receives a harassment complaint shall promptly notify the Superintendent or designee.

Any employee or applicant for employment who feels that he/she or another individual in the District is being sexually harassed should immediately contact his/her supervisor, principal, other District administrator or the Superintendent or designee in order to obtain procedures for reporting a complaint. Complaints of harassment can be filed in accordance with AR 4031 – Complaints Concerning Discrimination in Employment.

Any District employee who feels that he/she has been sexually harassed or who has knowledge of any instance of sexual harassment by another employee or a student, shall immediately contact his/her supervisor, principal, Superintendent or designee, or other District administrator, to obtain procedures for reporting a complaint. However, an employee may bypass his/her supervisor in registering a complaint where the supervisor is the alleged perpetrator of the sexual harassment.

The Superintendent or designee shall take all actions necessary to ensure the prevention, investigation and correction of sexual harassment, including but not limited to:

1. Providing periodic training to all staff regarding the District’s sexual harassment policy, particularly the procedures for registering complaints and employees’ duty in availing themselves of the complaint procedure in order to avoid harm
2. Publicizing and disseminating the District’s sexual harassment policy to staff
3. Ensuring prompt, thorough and fair investigation of complaints in a way that respects the privacy of all parties concerned, to the extent necessary
4. Taking timely and appropriate corrective/remedial actions after completion of investigation. This may require subsequent monitoring of developments.

Legal Reference:
200-262.4 Prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex, especially:
12900-12996 Fair Employment and Housing Act
1101 Political activities of employees
1102.1 Discrimination: sexual orientation
2000d – 2000d-7 Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964
2000e – 2000e-17 Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended
2000h-2 – 2000h-6 Title IX, 1972 Education Act Amendments
106.9 Dissemination of policy
Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, (1998) 118 S.Ct. 2275
Burlington Industries v. Ellreth, (1998) 118 S.Ct. 2257
Gebser v. Lago Vista Independent School District, (1998) 118 S.Ct. 1989
Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Serv. Inc., (1998) 118 S.Ct. 998
Juarez v. Ameritech Mobile Systems, (N.D. Ill.) 746 F.Supp. 798
Dornhecker v. Malibu Grand Prix Corp., (5th Cir. 1987) 828 F.2d. 307
Meritor Savings Bank, FSB v. Vinson et al., (1986) 447 U.S. 57
Management Resources:
Protecting Students from Harassment and Hate Crime, January, 1999
EEOC: http://www.eeoc.gov
OCR: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OCR

CSBA Date – 12/92

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