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Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

Submission to the conduct is made either implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of the student’s education or benefits;

Submission to or rejection of the conduct by a school employee is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting that student; or

The conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive education environment.

In situations between students and school officials, faculty, staff, or volunteers who have direct contact with students, bullying and harassment may also include the following behaviors:

Requiring that a student submit to bullying or harassment by another student, either explicitly or implicitly, as a term or condition of the targeted student’s education or participation in school programs or activities; and/or

Submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is used as a basis for decisions affecting the student.

Retaliation against a student because the student has filed a bullying or harassment complaint or assisted or participated in a harassment investigation or proceeding is also prohibited. Students who knowingly file false harassment complaints or give false statements in an investigation shall be subject to discipline by measures up to and including suspension and expulsion, as shall any student who is found to have retaliated against another in violation of this policy.

The district will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of harassment. The building principal, Level I investigator, or designee will be responsible for handling all complaints by students alleging harassment.

It will also be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the investigator and principals, to develop procedures regarding this policy. The superintendent will also be responsible for organizing training programs for students, school officials, faculty, staff, and volunteers who have direct contact with students. The training will include how to recognize harassment and what to do in case a student is harassed. It will also include proven effective harassment prevention strategies. The superintendent will also develop a process for evaluating the effectiveness of the policy in reducing bullying and harassment in the school district. The superintendent shall report to the board on the progress of reducing bullying and harassment in the school district.

Harassment and abuse are violations of school district policies, rules and regulations and, in some cases, may also be a violation of criminal or other laws.  The school district has the authority to report students violating this rule to law enforcement officials.

Students who feel that they have been harassed should:

Communicate to the harasser that the student expects the behavior to stop, if the student is comfortable doing so.  If the student needs assistance communicating with the harasser, the student should ask a Teacher, Counselor or Principal to help.

If the harassment does not stop, or the student does not feel comfortable confronting the harasser, the student should:

-Tell a Parent, Teacher, Counselor, or Principal; and

-Write down exactly what happened, keep a copy and give another copy     

           -To the teacher, counselor or principal including;

• What, when and where it happened;

• Who was involved;

• Exactly what was said or what the harasser did ;

• Witnesses to the harassment;

• What the student said or did, either at the time

  or later;

• How the student felt; and

• How the harasser responded.

Discipline measures:

Bullying/Harassment- [Record of infractions does not start over yearly] steps----

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