Board Policy 5020

Harassment of Students Prohibited

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     Sexual Harassment

    It is the policy of this District to provide for its students an educational environment free of sexual advances, request for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct or communications constituting sexual harassment as defined and otherwise prohibited by state and federal law.

    Sexual harassment of students is prohibited. Sexual harassment is defined as follows:

    1. An employee’s or District agent’s sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct, including sexual violence, of a sexual or sex-based nature, imposed on the basis of sex, that denies or limits the provision of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or that makes such conduct a condition of a student’s academic status.
    2. Sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual or sex-based nature by anyone, including students, that have the purpose or effect of (a) substantially interfering with a student’s educational environment; (b) creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment; (c) or depriving a student of educational aid, benefits, services or treatment or (d) making submission to or rejection of such conduct the basis for academic decisions affecting a student.

    The terms intimidating, hostile, and offensive include conduct that has the effect of humiliation, embarrassment, or discomfort. Examples of sexual harassment include touching, crude jokes or pictures, discussions of sexual experiences, teasing related to sexual characteristics, and spreading rumors related to a person’s alleged sexual activities. The term sexual violence includes a number of different acts. Examples of sexual violence include, but are not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion.

     

    Making a Complaint

    Students who believe they are victims of sexual harassment or have witnessed sexual harassment are encouraged to discuss the matter with the Non-discrimination Coordinator, Complaint Manager as listed in policy 7260 Uniform Grievance Procedure, building principal, associate principal, dean, social worker, or any staff member with whom the student is comfortable.  Students may choose to report to a person of the student’s same gender.  Complaints will be kept confidential to the extent possible given the need to investigate.  Students who make good faith complaints will not be disciplined.

    An allegation that one student was sexually harassed by another student shall be referred to the building principal, associate principal, dean, building assistant, or any staff member with whom the student is comfortable for appropriate action.

    The Superintendent shall use reasonable measures to inform staff members and students of this policy, such as, by including it in the appropriate handbooks, and on the District’s website.

     

    Non-Discrimination Coordinator:

    Dr. William Schmidt

     

    7925 Janes Ave., Woodridge,  IL 60517

     

    schmidtw@woodridge68.org

     

    (630) 967-2033

     

     

     

    Complaint Managers:

    Dr. Anne Bowers

     

    Dr. William Schmidt

    2525 Mitchell Drive

     

    7925 Janes Avenue

    Woodridge, IL  60517

     

    Woodridge, IL  60517

    630-967-2012

     

    630-967-2033

     

     

    Investigation Process

    Supervisors, Building Principals, or administrators who receive a report or complaint of harassment must promptly forward the report or complaint to the Nondiscrimination Coordinator or a Complaint Manager. A supervisor or administrator who fails to promptly comply may be disciplined, up to and including discharge.

    Reports and complaints of harassment will be confidential to the greatest extent practicable, subject to the District’s duty to investigate and maintain an educational environment that is productive, respectful, and free of unlawful discrimination, including harassment.

    The District shall investigate alleged harassment of students when the Nondiscrimination Coordinator or a Complaint Manager becomes aware of an allegation, regardless of whether a written report or complaint is filed.

    Alleged Incidents of Sexual Abuse

    An alleged incident of sexual abuse is an incident of sexual abuse of a child, as defined in 720 ILCS 5/11-9.1A(b), that is alleged to have been perpetrated by school personnel, including a school vendor or volunteer, that occurred: on school grounds during a school activity; or outside of school grounds or not during a school activity.

    Any complaint alleging an incident of sexual abuse shall be processed and reviewed according to policy 4060, Abused and Neglected Child Reporting, in addition to any response required by this policy.

    Enforcement

    Any District employee who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in conduct prohibited by this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge. Any District student who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in conduct prohibited by this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to, suspension and expulsion consistent with the discipline policy. Any person making a knowingly false accusation regarding prohibited conduct will likewise be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge, with regard to employees, or suspension and expulsion, with regard to students.