Dealing with Sexual Harassment at School

Sexual harassment of students is illegal.A federal law,Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX),prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex,including sexual harassment,in education programs and activities.All public and private education institutions that receive any federal funds must comply with Title IX.Title IX protects students from harassment connected to any of the academic,educational,extracurricular, athletic,and other programs or activities of schools,regardless of the location.Title IX protects both male and female students from sexual harassment by any school employee,another student,or a non-employee third party.

Preventing and remedying sexual harassment in schools is essential to ensure a nondiscriminatory,safe environment in which students can learn.Unfortunately,students,parents,and school staff may not know what sexual harassment is,how to stop it,and what can be done to prevent it from happening.

Sexual harassment is conduct that:

1. is sexual in nature;

2. is unwelcome; and

3. denies or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from a school’s education program.

Sexual harassment can take different forms depending on the harasser and the nature of the harassment.The conduct can be carried out by school employees, other students,and non-employee third parties,such as a visiting speaker.Both male and female students can be victims of sexual harassment,and the harasser and the victim can be of the same sex.

The conduct can occur in any school program or activity and can take place in school facilities,on a school bus,or at other off-campus locations,such as a school-sponsored field trip or a training program at another location.The conduct can be verbal,nonverbal, or physical.

The judgment and common sense of teachers and school administrators are very important elements in determining whether sexual harassment has occurred and in determining an appropriate response, especially when dealing with young children.

Examples of sexual conduct include:

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