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Sexual Harassment/Sexual Misconduct

Sexual Harassment/Sexual Misconduct

Employees and students are prohibited from sexually harassing other employees or students. Sexual harassment in any form by any person is unacceptable. Sexual harassment means any conduct of a sexual nature by a person directed toward another person when:

a. Such conduct has the obvious result in creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive school environment for the person; or

b. Such conduct is continued by the person after the request of the other person to stop such conduct because it is intimidating, hostile or offensive to the person. The determination of whether the conduct of a person is intimidating, hostile, or offensive is to be made by the school administration. Sexual harassment prohibited by this policy includes verbal, written or physical conduct. The terms intimidating, hostile or offensive as used above include conduct, which has the effect of humiliation, embarrassment, or discomfort. Complaints alleging a violation of this policy are solicited and must be brought to the attention of the appropriate school official/employee informally or through the appropriate grievance procedure. Caution must be exercised, however, to accurately state the facts giving rise to the complaint and to avoid groundless complaints. Individuals who feel that a sexual violation may have occurred are encouraged to report that violation to school personnel. Violations of this policy will be reviewed by the associate principal or designee for appropriate disciplinary action up to expulsion and possible referral to the police.

c. Any inappropriate sexual behaviors will be considered gross misconduct.
Whenever students are involved in such behaviors, the following will result:
• Up to a ten-day out of school suspension; and/or
• Recommendation for expulsion, if circumstances warrant.
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