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Student Nondiscrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy

Student Nondiscrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy 

Title IX is a federal law which ensures equal rights and opportunities for all students by promoting educational equity and eliminating discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex in programs and activities conducted by local educational agencies that receive or benefit from federal or state financial assistance. Title IX (Educational Equity) protects students from sexual harassment, discrimination, and bullying. This means that no student, teacher, administrator or other school employee can make unwelcome sexual advances, request sexual favors, discriminate against, or bully a student. They cannot touch or speak to a student in a sexual, discriminatory or bullying manner at school or at a school-sponsored event.


San Diego Unified School District is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education.
District programs and activities shall be free from discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation,
gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color and mental or
physical disability or any other unlawful consideration. The district shall promote programs which
ensure that discriminatory practices are eliminated in all district activities and will take steps to
assure that the lack of English will not be a barrier to admission and participation in district
programs. Any student who engages in discrimination of another student or anyone from the
district may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

Sexual Harassment

San Diego Unified School District is committed to making the schools free from sexual harassment. This means that the district prohibits harassment made by someone from or in the educational setting. Sexual harassment can be such actions as unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; or verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the educational setting. The district prohibits conduct that has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact on the student's academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. The district further prohibits sexual harassment in which a student's grades, benefits, services, honors, program or activities are dependent on submission to such conduct.
Students should report any sexual harassment to their school principal, vice principal, counselor, or teacher. Students who violate this policy shall be disciplined appropriately. This includes suspension or possible expulsion. Employees who violate this policy shall be disciplined according to personnel procedures.
Types of conduct which are prohibited in the district and which may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:
  • Unwelcome sexual flirtations or propositions
  • Continuing to express sexual interest after being told it is unwanted
  • Sexual slurs, leering, epithets, threats, verbal abuse, derogatory comments or sexually degrading descriptions
  • Graphic verbal comments about an individual’s body, or overly personal conversation. 
  • Sexual jokes, notes, stories, drawings, pictures, gestures, texts, emails, or posts on social networking sites
  • Spreading sexual rumors
  • Touching an individual's body or clothes in a sexual way
  • Forcing another person to kiss someone or do something sexual in nature
  • Purposefully cornering someone or blocking normal movements. 
  • Displaying sexually suggestive objects
  • Hostile or demeaning conduct targeting someone’s sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity


Types of conduct which are prohibited in the district and which may constitute bullying include but
are not limited to:
  • Touching or bothering other students if they don’t want you to. “I was only playing” is not a good reason
  • Teasing or making fun of other students
  • Joining in when someone else is teasing or bullying a student
  • Purposefully cornering someone or blocking normal movements
  • Intentionally pushing, bumping or knocking a student to the ground
  • Any hostile or aggressive conduct towards a student for the purpose of intimidation
  • Cyber bullying is a specific type of bullying using electronic devices and media to embarrass, harass, intimidate or threaten someone using cell phones, computers, and video cameras. 
  • This includes but is not limited to bullying through email, text messages, blogs, videos, websites or phone calls

Internet Safety

Please consider the following guidelines to safeguard yourself from bullying, internet predators, and online conflicts when using computers and the internet:
  • Be careful when posting personal information online or through other electronic media –assume that EVERYONE has access to your posts, profiles, messages, and pictures
  • Remember once you send pictures or information out through the internet, you have NO 
  • CONTROL over where it is sent or to whom it is distributed!
  • Don’t open emails from people you do not know
  • Never share your passwords
  • Never forward rumors or private information
  • Do not use email, text messages, blogs, videos, websites or phone calls to embarrass, harass, intimidate or threaten someone
  • Don’t join in bullying or teasing others
  • If someone is bullying you, tell the person to stop
  • If inappropriate behaviors continue, TALK TO AN ADULT IMMEDIATELY!