5067.00 | Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation

The purpose of this policy is to promote working and learning environments that are free from sex and gender-based harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, and to affirm the District’s commitment to non-discrimination, equity in education and equal opportunity for employment. This policy applies to all members of the District’s community, including students, employees, and other members of the public including guests, visitors, volunteers, and invitees.

  1. Title IX sexual harassment, as an umbrella category, includes the actual or attempted offenses of quid pro quo harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, and is defined as conduct on the basis of sex or that is sexual that satisfies one or more of the following criteria:
  1. Quid Pro Quo Harassment: An employee of the District conditions, explicitly or implicitly, the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the District on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct.
  2. Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe and pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the District’s Education Program or Activity.
  3. Assault: Sexual assault shall mean forcible and non-forcible sex offenses as defined in the Clery Act, or dating violence, domestic violence, stalking as defined in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Acts of Title IX sexual harassment may be committed by any person upon any other person, regardless of the sex, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity of those involved.  

B.  Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Unwelcome verbal statements of a sexual or abusive nature, including requests or demands for sexual activity, sexual jokes, and obscene comments, etc.;
  2. Unwelcome, sexually motivated or inappropriate touching, pinching, or other physical contact;
  3. Unwelcome sexual behavior or communications, accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning an individual’s education;
  4. Unwelcome behavior or communications directed at an individual because of his/her gender; and stalking or unwelcome, sexually motivated attention. (Revised 11/18/2020)

5067.05 The District is committed to providing a workplace and educational environment, as well as other benefits, programs, and activities, that are free from sex and gender-based harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Accordingly, the District prohibits harassment and discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and pregnancy, as well as retaliation against individuals who report allegations of sex and gender-based harassment and discrimination, file a formal complaint, or participate in a grievance process. 

Students, employees, or other members of the district community who believe that they have been subjected to sex or gender-based harassment, discrimination, or retaliation should report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator, who will provide information about supportive measures and the applicable grievance process(es). Violations of this policy may result in discipline for both students and district employees. (Revised 11/18/2020)