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Sexual Harassment & Discrimination

STUDENT SEXUAL HARASSMENT &DISCRIMINATION

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, 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.

The district believes that it can resolve harassment or discrimination issues at the school site. If not, students may contact the Title IX Coordinator at the district office. To file a discrimination or sexual harassment complaint:

  1. Obtain a copy of the Uniform Complaint Form from the school or the district’s Legal office.

  2. The San Diego Unified School District will immediately undertake an effective, thorough, and objective investigation of the harassment allegations, and will provide a written report within 60 days of when the complaint is filed.

  3. If the district determines that its policies prohibiting sexual harassment have been violated, disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion, will be taken.

The person filing the compliant may also pursue action in civil court. Complaints will be kept confidential. The district prohibits retaliation against any participant in the complaint process. Each complaint shall be investigated promptly and in a way that respects the privacy of all parties concerned.

If you have a sexual harassment or discrimination complaint, students should contact a teacher or principal for resolution at the school site. If not resolved, contact the Title IX Coordinator at the district office