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Sequoia Union HSD |  AR  5145.7  Students

Sexual Harassment   

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Prohibited sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: (Education Code 212.5)

1. Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of an individual's academic status or progress.

2. Submission to or rejection of the conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting the individual.

3. The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact on the individual's academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment.

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 school.

Other types of conduct which are prohibited in the District and which may constitute sexual harassment include:

1. Unwelcome sexual flirtations or propositions

2. Sexual slurs, leering, 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. Teasing or sexual remarks about students enrolled in a predominantly single-sex class

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

8. Purposefully cornering or blocking normal movements

9. Limiting a student's access to educational tools

10. Displaying sexually suggestive objects


A copy of the District's sexual harassment policy shall:

1. Be included in the notifications that are sent to parents/guardians at the beginning of each school year. (Education Code 48980)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

2. Be displayed in a prominent location near each school principal's office. (Education Code 212.6)

3. Be provided as part of any orientation program conducted for new students at the beginning of each quarter, semester or summer session. (Education Code 212.6)

4. Appear in any school or district publication that sets forth the school or District's comprehensive rules, regulations, procedures and standards of conduct. (Education Code 212.6)

5. Be provided to employees and employee organizations.


The Superintendent or designee shall take appropriate actions to reinforce the District's sexual harassment policy. As needed, these actions may include any of the following:

1. Removing vulgar or offending graffiti

2. Providing staff inservice and student instruction or counseling

3. Notifying parents/guardians

4. Notifying child protective services

5. Taking appropriate disciplinary action

The Superintendent or designee shall investigate all complaints of sexual harassment thoroughly in accordance with board policy and regulation. This investigation shall include talking with the complainant, the alleged harasser, any other witnesses, and any other persons who may be mentioned as possessing information. The Superintendent or designee shall document all investigations and shall inform the complainant, as well as the alleged harasser, of the decision regarding any complaint.

(cf. 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning District Employees)

(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)

Persons found to have knowingly made false allegations of sexual harassment shall be subject to disciplinary action. Persons submitting an unsubstantiated good faith complaint or report of sexual harassment shall not be subject to disciplinary action.


approved: December 10, 1997 Redwood City, California