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Sexual Harassment Policy

Sexual Harassment shall be defined as any intimidating or disrespectful action, word, or gesture, which causes undue trouble, worry, or discomfort and is unwelcome by the student receiving it or witnessing it. Sexual harassment is illegal and violates state and federal law. Written sexual harassment may include but is not limited to letters, notes, invitations, or drawings of a sexual nature. This includes computer messages of a sexual nature. Verbal sexual harassment may include but is not limited to offensive words and comments spoken privately to a person or in front of others. Examples include: comments about a person’s body, name calling, sexual jokes, using sexual orientation as an insult, sexual suggestions, or spreading rumors of a sexual nature about a person. Nonverbal sexual harassment may include but is not limited to making gestures of a sexual nature, writing a person’s name along with a sexual remark, facial expressions (winking, kissing), suggestive looks, leering, or displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, cartoons, posters, or magazines. Physical sexual harassment may include but is not limited to any touching, squeezing, pinching, kissing, brushing up against another’s body, assault, or blocking movement. With this in mind, students are prohibited from engaging in public displays of affection on school property. Reporting Procedure: Any student who thinks he or she has been the victim of sexual harassment should report the conduct to a teacher, teacher’s assistant, assistant principal, principal, secretary, nurse, or any other adult in the school. Recommendations for students: 1. Tell the harasser to stop. 2. Report it immediately. Any person coming forward in good faith to report an incident will be free from any retaliation.