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Atascadero USD |  AR  4119.11, 4219.11,4319.11  Personnel

Sexual Harassment   

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Prohibited sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the work or educational setting when:

1. Submission to the conduct is made either expressly or by implication in term or condition of any individual's employment

2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for an employment decision affecting the individual

3. The conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile offensive working or educational environment or of adversely affecting the student or employee's performance, evaluation, advancement, assigned duties, or any other condition of education, employment or career development

4. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis for any decision affecting the individual regarding benefits and services, honors, programs or activities available at or through the educational institution

Other examples of sexual harassment, whether committed by a supervisor or any other employee, are:

1. Unwelcome leering, sexual flirtations or propositions

2. Unwelcome sexual slurs, epithets, threats, verbal abuse, derogatory comments or sexually degrading descriptions

3. Graphic verbal comments about an individual's body, or overly personal conversation

4. Sexual jokes, stories, drawings, pictures or gestures

5. Spreading sexual rumors

6. Touching an individual's body or clothes in a sexual way

7. Cornering or blocking of normal movements

8. Displaying sexually suggestive objects in the educational or work environment

9. Any act of retaliation against an individual who reports a violation of the district's sexual harassment policy or who participates in the investigation of a sexual harassment complaint

Each principal and supervisor has the responsibility of maintaining an educational and work environment free of sexual harassment. This responsibility includes discussing the district's sexual harassment policy with his/her students and/or employees and assuring them that they are not required to endure sexually insulting, degrading or exploitative treatment or any other form of sexual harassment.


A copy of the district's policy on Harassment in Employment shall: (Education Code 231.5)

1. Be displayed in a prominent location near each school principal's office

2. Be provided to each faculty member, all members of the administrative staff, and all members of the support staff at the beginning of the first quarter or semester of the school year, or whenever a new employee is hired

3. Appear in any school or district publication that sets forth the school or district's comprehensive rules, regulations, procedures and standards of conduct

All employees shall receive either a copy of information sheets prepared by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing or a copy of district information sheets that contain, at a minimum, components on: (Government Code 12950)

1. The illegality of sexual harassment

2. The definition of sexual harassment under applicable state and federal law

3. A description of sexual harassment, with examples

4. The district's complaint process available to the employee

5. The legal remedies and complaint process available through the Fair Employment and Housing Department and Commission

6. Directions on how to contact the Fair Employment and Housing Department and Commission


approved: May 2, 2000 Atascadero, California