BUL-3349.1: Sexual Harassment Policy

BUL-3349.1: Sexual Harassment Policy
LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Policy Bulletin
TITLE:
Sexual Harassment Policy
(Student-to-Student, Adult-to-Student, and
Student-to-Adult)
NUMBER:
BUL-3349.1
ISSUER:
David Holmquist, General Counsel
Office of the General Counsel
DATE:
August 6, 2014
POLICY:
The Los Angeles Unified School District is committed to maintaining a working
and learning environment that is free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment
of, or by employees, students, third parties or persons doing business that takes
place or is affiliated with the District, is a form of sex discrimination in that it
constitutes differential treatment on the basis of actual or perceived sex, sexual
orientation or gender. As such, any act of sexual harassment is a violation of state
and federal laws, as well as District policy and is prohibited.
ROUTING
All Employees
The District considers sexual harassment to be a serious offense which can result
in disciplinary action to the offending employee or student, including the
suspension or expulsion of the offending student in Grades 4-12. While
suspension or expulsion as a disciplinary consequence for sexual harassment shall
not apply to students enrolled in Kindergarten and Grades 1-3 under California
law, other disciplinary actions or interventions may be taken as appropriate.
Students or employees of the District who believe that they have been a target of
sexual harassment shall bring the problem to the attention of the site administrator
or site Title IX/Bullying Complaint Manager. All complaints will be promptly
investigated in a way that respects the privacy of all parties concerned. The
District will take appropriate actions reasonably calculated to eliminate the
harassment, prevents its recurrence and remedy its effects. The District prohibits
retaliatory behavior against anyone who files a sexual harassment complaint or
who participates in the complaint investigation process.
MAJOR
CHANGES:
This bulletin replaces District policy BUL-3349.0 on the same subject issued by
the Office of the General Counsel on November 29, 2006. It reflects current state
and federal requirements and provides updated guidance and procedures for
reporting and investigating complaints of student-to-student, adult-to-student, and
student-to-adult sexual harassment.
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GUIDELINES:
The following guidelines apply:
I.
BACKGROUND
A. Legal Definition of Sexual Harassment
California Education Code §212.5 and Title 5 of the California Code
of Regulations, §4916, define sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual
advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or
physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the
work or educational setting under any of the following conditions:
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Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or
a condition of an individual’s employment, academic status, or
progress.
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Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used
as the basis of employment or academic decisions affecting the
individual.
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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 educational institution.
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The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact
upon the individual’s work or academic performance, or of creating
an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational
environment.
B. Protected Categories
California Education Code and Penal Code identify protected categories
that, though stipulated independently, are not mutually exclusive.
Sexual harassment can violate both Penal Code and Education Code.
1. California Education Code §220 - Applicability to Educational
Institutions
No person shall be subjected to discrimination on the basis of
disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality,
race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other
characteristic that is contained in the definition of hate crimes set
forth in §422.55 of the Penal Code in any program or activity
conducted by an educational institution that receives, or benefits
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from, state financial assistance or enrolls pupils who receive state
student financial aid.
2.
California Education Code §200 - State Policy; Declaration of
Purpose as it Relates to Protected Categories
It is the policy of the State of California to afford all persons in
public schools, regardless of their disability, gender, gender
identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion,
sexual orientation, or any other characteristic that is contained in
the definition of hate crimes set forth in §422.55 of the Penal Code,
equal rights and opportunities in the educational institutions of the
state. The purpose of this chapter is to prohibit acts which are
contrary to that policy and to provide remedies therefor.
3. California Penal Code §422.55 - Hate Crime and Victim
Characteristics or Protected Classes Indicated
For the purposes of this title, and for purposes of all other state law
unless an explicit provision of law or the context clearly requires a
different meaning, the following shall apply: “Hate crime” means
a criminal act committed, in whole or in part, because of one or
more of the following actual or perceived characteristics of the
victim: disability; gender; nationality; race or ethnicity; religion;
sexual orientation; and association with a person or group with one
of more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
II.
DEFINITIONS
With respect to this policy bulletin, the following definitions apply:
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Appeal means a written request to review the complaint.
Complainant means a District student, parent/guardian of a District
student, District employee, or other person who submits a complaint.
Complaint means an oral or written complaint alleging that there has
been a violation of this policy bulletin, Title IX, or Education Code
§220.
Complaint Procedure means the District’s internal procedure to process
complaints.
Days means calendar days unless otherwise specified.
District shall mean any operating unit or program of the Los Angeles
Unified School District.
Gender means a person’s actual or perceived sex and includes a
person’s perceived identity, appearance, or behavior, whether or not
that identity, appearance, or behavior is different from that traditionally
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associated with a person’s sex at birth.
Respondent means an individual alleged to have committed acts in
violation of this policy, sometimes referred to as “accused.”
Sex means the biological condition or quality of being female or male.
Sexual Orientation means a person’s emotional and/or sexual attraction
to another person based on the gender of the other person. Common
terms used to describe sexual orientation include, but are not limited to,
lesbian, gay, heterosexual and bisexual. Sexual orientation and gender
identity are different.
Target means an individual alleged to have experienced acts in
violation of this policy, sometimes referred to as “victim.”
Title IX is Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
Title IX/Bullying Complaint Manager is an administrator and/or
designee responsible to respond to complaints of sex discrimination,
sexual harassment, intimidation, bullying and/or hazing.
EXAMPLES OF CONDUCT WHICH MAY CONSTITUTE SEXUAL
HARASSMENT
Conduct (including electronic communications, acts or postings) which
may constitute sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, the
following:
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Verbal - unwelcome conduct such as the use of suggestive, derogatory,
or vulgar comments; the use of sexual innuendos or slurs; making
unwanted sexual advances, invitations, and/or comments; pestering for
dates; making threats; and/or spreading rumors about or rating others as
to their sexual activity or performance; threats/demands/pressure to
submit to sexual requests in order to keep a job or academic standing or
to avoid other loss, and/or offers of benefits in return for sexual favors.
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Visual - unwelcome conduct such as the display of sexually suggestive
objects, pictures, posters, written material, cartoons, or drawings; the
use of graffiti, texting and/or computer-generated images of a sexual
nature; and/or the use of obscene gestures or leering.
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Physical - unwelcome conduct such as unwanted touching, pinching,
kissing, patting, or hugging; the blocking of normal movement;
stalking; sexual acts or assault; and/or physical interference with work
or study directed at an individual because of the individual’s actual or
perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR POLICY IMPLEMENTATION
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A. School Principals or Site Administrators shall:
1. Identify the administrators or designees responsible to serve as the
site’s Title IX/Bullying Complaint Managers and establish a
systematic process to respond to complaints of sexual harassment in
a safe and private manner.
a. The role of the Title IX/Bullying Complaint Manager is to
respond to any complaints of sexual harassment or sex
discrimination, as well as to provide support, information, and
options to complainants and/or targets regarding sexual
harassment or sex discrimination. The Title IX/Bullying
Complaint Manager also has responsibilities regarding
addressing complaints of bullying and hazing as articulated in
District policy BUL-5212.1, “Bullying and Hazing Policy
(Student-to-Student and Student-to-Adult).”
b. School sites must identify at least two Title IX/Bullying
Complaint Managers so complainants can choose the person
with whom they feel most comfortable discussing their
concerns.
c. Provisions must be made to facilitate the ability of non-verbal
and limited-English speaking complainants to access the Title
IX/Bullying Complaint Managers and file a complaint.
3. Inform staff, students, parents, volunteers, coaches, or activity
leaders of District policy requiring the promotion of mutual respect,
tolerance and acceptance, as well as District policy regarding
nondiscrimination and sexual harassment. When providing this
information, the communication shall include information about
reporting procedures for targets or witnesses of discrimination or
sexual harassment.
4. Distribute the District’s “Title IX and Nondiscrimination, Students
Know Your Rights” brochure to every student in secondary and
adult schools at the beginning of each school year. See District
policy memorandum issued annually by the Office of the General
Counsel, “Nondiscrimination Required Notices and Ordering of
Student Brochures” for how to obtain this brochure.
5. Present the District’s policy on nondiscrimination and sexual
harassment in age-appropriate language as part of any orientation
program conducted for new students at the beginning of each
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semester or summer session as applicable. This presentation shall
include information concerning how to file a discrimination or
sexual harassment complaint.
6. Provide training to certificated and classified staff regarding the
District’s nondiscrimination and sexual harassment policies and
communicate to staff their individual responsibilities to respond,
intervene, and report such behavior.
7. Certify in the Administrator Certification On-Line System that the
school/work location has complied with the mandates of this policy
bulletin. See “Administrator Certification On-Line System,”
memorandum issued annually by the Office of School Operations.
8. Refer to the Educational Equity Compliance Office and the Office
of the General Counsel any complaint that names the principal as a
respondent or any complaint that alleges school-wide
discriminatory practices.
B. Title IX/Bullying Complaint Managers shall:
1. Post the English and Spanish “Title IX/Bullying Complaint
Manager” posters attached to this policy in school administrative
offices, including student government meeting rooms or other
prominent locations (i.e. Parent Centers) accessible to students
where notices are regularly posted regarding rules, regulations,
procedures, or standards of conduct.
2. Employ this policy at the site level, in consultation with the
principal or designee, to provide a comprehensive system through
which allegations of sexual harassment and sex discrimination can
be safely and easily reported, and the ensuing investigations,
interventions and monitoring documented comprehensively using
appropriate District forms and electronic protocols.
3. Respond quickly to any complaints of sexual harassment and sex
discrimination, and take action to address the behavior, as well as
provide support, information, and options to students regarding sex
discrimination and sexual harassment.
4. Intervene immediately to witnessed events and take action to
remedy sexual harassment and sex discrimination.
5. Track the site’s response to sexual harassment and sex
discrimination complaints to analyze and identify any patterns or
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systemic problems revealed in order that they may be addressed.
See the sample log attached to this policy for tracking Title
IX/Bullying complaints.
6. Promptly refer any complaints of sexual harassment and sex
discrimination involving an adult as perpetrator to the site
administrator.
C. Employees shall:
1. Share responsibility for modeling appropriate behavior and creating
an environment where students and staff know that sexual
harassment and sex discrimination is inappropriate and will not be
tolerated.
2. Educate students about appropriate interactions and social norms.
3. Cultivate positive relationships with students per the District’s
“Code of Conduct with Students.”
4. Support the District’s efforts to recognize and prevent sexual
harassment and sex discrimination and take steps to intervene
immediately and safely when such incidents occur.
5. Report such incidents to the site administrator and/or Title
IX/Bullying Complaint Manager.
6. Encourage anyone alleging to be a target of, a witness, or to have
information about sexual harassment and/or sex discrimination to
report such an incident.
7. Cooperate in complaint investigations of sexual harassment and sex
discrimination.
8. Guard against actions that would be considered retaliatory against
anyone who has filed or is participating in a complaint
investigation.
D. Students shall be informed that:
1. They are to act respectfully towards everyone, and should consider
how others may perceive or be affected by their actions and words.
2. They are to help create a safe school environment by not engaging
in or contributing to sexual harassment and sex discrimination.
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Student resources, such as brochures on flirting versus harassing,
can be found on the District’s website at http://achieve.lausd.net
under the Human Relations, Diversity and Equity office link.
3. They are to report incidents of sexual harassment and sex
discrimination to the designated administrator or Title IX/Bullying
Complaint Manager in cases when they may be the witness or
target of sexual harassment and/or sex discrimination.
4. They are never to engage in retaliatory behavior or ask, encourage,
or consent to anyone retaliating on their behalf.
V.
NOTIFICATION – DISSEMINATION – POSTING
A. Employees
The “Nondiscrimination Statement” and “Sexual Harassment Policy”
posters attached to this bulletin shall be provided to all District
employees annually at the beginning of each school year.
B. Students
1. All required District nondiscrimination policy statements are
included in the “Parent Student Handbook.” Therefore, all schools
are required to distribute the “Parent Student Handbook” to all
students annually and to every student at the time of initial
enrollment.
2. The District’s written policy on nondiscrimination and sexual
harassment shall be presented in age-appropriate language as part
of any orientation program conducted for new students at the
beginning of each semester and summer session as applicable. This
presentation shall include information concerning how to file
and/or report a discrimination or sexual harassment complaint.
3. All secondary and adult schools are required to distribute the
District’s “Title IX and Nondiscrimination, Students Know Your
Rights” brochure to every student at the beginning of each school
year. For how to obtain the brochure, see the “Nondiscrimination
Required Notices and Ordering of Student Brochures”
memorandum issued annually by the Office of the General
Counsel.
4. In Grades K-6, the “Students, Don’t Let Others Bully or Harass
You!” brochure may be distributed and used as “talking points” for
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providing the required information. It may be found on the
Educational
Equity
Compliance
Office
website
at
http://achieve.lausd.net/eeco.
C. Parents/Guardians
The District’s “Parent Student Handbook” may be used to provide
notification of the District’s nondiscrimination statement and sexual
harassment policy to parents and guardians.
D. Notification – Posting
1. The District’s English and Spanish “Nondiscrimination Statement”
and “Sexual Harassment Policy” posters must be posted in all
schools and offices, including staff lounges and student government
meeting rooms, in the main administration building, or other
prominent locations where notices are regularly posted regarding
rules, regulations, procedures, or standards of conduct.
Schools needing translated copies of the “Nondiscrimination
Statement” and “Sexual Harassment Policy” posters in Armenian,
Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Polish, Russian or Tagalog should contact
the Educational Equity Compliance Office at (213) 241-7682 to
obtain translations for the requesting school to duplicate in the
quantity necessary to meet the specific language needs of the
individual school’s student population.
2. The English and Spanish “Title IX/Bullying Complaint Manager”
posters attached to this bulletin are to be used to identify those
school administrators or designees designated to handle sex
discrimination and/or sexual harassment complaints.
3. “Title IX/Bullying Complaint Manager” posters are to be posted in
school administrative offices, including student government
meeting rooms or other prominent locations accessible to students
where notices are regularly posted regarding rules, regulations,
procedures, or standards of conduct. Suggested other prominent
locations may include classrooms, cafeterias and student bulletin
boards.
E. Notification - Publication
The District’s “Nondiscrimination Statement” and “Sexual Harassment
Policy” poster summaries attached to this bulletin shall be included in
school or District publications (e.g., a Student Planner, Student
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Handbook, or Staff Handbook) that set forth the school’s or District’s
comprehensive rules, regulations, procedures, and standards of
conduct.
CONFIDENTIALITY AND NON-RETALIATION
Complaints of sexual harassment and sex discrimination involving
students shall be handled in a confidential manner to respect the privacy of
all parties to the fullest extent possible under the law.
The District prohibits retaliation in any form against anyone who files a
complaint of suspected sexual harassment and/or sex discrimination or
participates in the complaint investigation process. Retaliation is grounds
for a separate complaint. Incidents of retaliation may be reported to the
Title IX/Bullying Complaint Manager or administrator for appropriate
investigation and follow-up. These confidentiality and non-retaliation
requirements extend to all parties involved.
VII.
DUAL RESPONSIBILITIES IN REPORTING SUSPECTED CHILD
ABUSE AND RESPONDING TO STUDENT SEXUAL HARASSMENT
COMPLAINTS
Child abuse reporting procedures, sexual harassment policies and
procedures, and disciplinary policies and procedures must be effected in a
coordinated manner as follows:
1. If it is suspected that conduct could constitute both child abuse and
sexual harassment, the child abuse report should be filed immediately
as required by District procedures outlined in BUL-1347.2, “Child
Abuse and Neglect Reporting Requirements.”
2. Separate and apart from filing a suspected child abuse report,
immediate steps should be taken to protect any alleged target(s) of
child abuse and/or sexual harassment.
3. If conduct could constitute both child abuse and sexual harassment,
school administrators are responsible for implementing this policy and
the steps outlined herein for responding to and conducting a prompt
investigation into whether sexual harassment has occurred.
4. School administrators should communicate with the local law
enforcement agency as to whether the school’s sexual harassment
complaint investigation would compromise the local law enforcement
agency’s criminal investigation. Administrators should clarify when
they can proceed with their administrative investigation. Once released
to handle the issue administratively, administrators should begin the
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investigation promptly.
A determination of child abuse or sexual harassment involves very
different standards and outcomes.
Suspected child abuse
investigations involve addressing possible criminal conduct. Making a
report of suspected child abuse does not relieve the District of its
responsibility to take administrative action to respond, investigate, to
determine whether sexual harassment has occurred and to resolve the
situation.
For further information on District child abuse reporting policies and
procedures, see the District’s policy BUL-1347.2, “Child Abuse and
Neglect Reporting Requirements.”
5. For allegations of sexual misconduct involving employees as
perpetrators, administrators should also consult with the Educational
Service Center Administrator of Operations/designee or division head
to coordinate next steps in the administrative investigation. See
District policy, “Employee Inappropriate Conduct Allegation Policy
and Procedures,” BUL-6211.0
VIII.
COMPLAINT PROCEDURES
Schools/sites that know, or reasonably should know, of possible
harassment must promptly investigate to determine what occurred and take
appropriate steps to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence and
remedy its effects. The school’s investigation is different from law
enforcement or personnel investigations. A law enforcement or personnel
investigation does not relieve schools of their independent obligation to
investigate the conduct.
Complainants may access either an informal resolution at the site level or
formal complaint resolution process through the District’s Educational
Equity Compliance Office. Informal processes are encouraged for
expedient resolutions. However, the informal process shall be bypassed if
the complainant names a principal as a respondent or the complaint alleges
school-wide discriminatory practices.
In those circumstances, the
complainant should initiate a formal complaint directly with the
Educational Equity Compliance Office.
Below are the guidelines for investigating and responding to sexual
harassment and sex discrimination complaints.
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A. Informal Process or Site-Level Investigation Response:
Any written or oral report of sexual harassment is a sexual harassment
complaint and must be addressed. A reasonable effort must be made to
investigate and address allegations submitted anonymously if the
report contains sufficient information to identify alleged targets and/or
accused persons.
The following guidelines are recommended to investigate and resolve
complaints using the informal process at the Site-Level:
1. Assure targets the District takes allegations of sexual harassment
and/or sex discrimination seriously, will not tolerate such treatment,
and has strong policies against it.
2. Inform targets of the confidentiality and non-retaliation guidelines,
and assure them that they will not be required to confront the
accused persons.
3. Assure targets of interim steps that will be taken to monitor the
parties and effectively address any alleged harassing behavior, to
include providing additional monitoring of the safety of targets and
any specific steps to eliminate the behavior. Make targets aware of
available resources and the right to report a crime to law
enforcement.
Interim measures to protect targets may include options to avoid
contact with the accused in academic and extracurricular settings,
safety plans, increased monitoring, training and educational
materials to address school climate, as well as support resources,
such as academic support, counseling, health and mental health
services. In general, when taking interim measures, minimize the
burden on the targets.
4. Provide the names of school personnel who can help if the
situation/incident continues or escalates.
5. Provide all parties, including parents and guardians, with the
District’s “Nondiscrimination Statement” and/or “Sexual
Harassment Policy” poster summaries as applicable. The attached
English
and
Spanish
“Sexual
Harassment
Policy
Acknowledgement” posters can be used to document via the signoff section that the sexual harassment policy has been reviewed and
is understood by all parties. Secondary students may also be
provided with the District’s “Title IX and Nondiscrimination,
Students Know Your Rights” brochure. In Grades K-6, students
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may be provided with the “Students, Don’t Let Others Bully or
Harass You!” brochure.
6. When investigating sexual harassment complaints, carefully
consider all available information in determining whether the
conduct described violates the District’s sexual harassment policy
and whether it rises to the level of creating a hostile environment.
The following elements should be used for this analysis:
a. Was the conduct unwelcome?
b. Was the conduct of a sexual nature or based on actual or
perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender
expression?
c. Was the conduct severe, persistent, or pervasive?
d. Was the conduct objectively offensive, in other words, would a
reasonable victim of similar characteristics (i.e. age, gender)
find the conduct objectively offensive?
e. Did the conduct limit the individual’s ability to participate in or
benefit from an educational program or activity?
When the answers to questions “a” and “b” are “yes”, the conduct
is sexual harassment. Taking into consideration the totality of the
circumstances, if the answers to all the questions are “yes” then the
sexual harassment has risen to the level of also being a hostile
environment which is a violation of Title IX law.
It is important to note that sexual harassment is inappropriate and
requires an immediate response and/or corrective actions to be
taken to prevent its recurrence and address its effects, whether or
not the conduct has risen to the level of a hostile environment.
If the conduct does not meet the elements of this analysis for
sexual harassment or hostile environment, the conduct may still be
inappropriate and require an immediate response and corrective
action.
7. Obtain specific information relevant to the complaint such as
where, when, and the frequency with which the incident(s)
occurred, as well as the identities of the accused persons, other
affected parties and any witnesses. If appropriate, request that
complainants provide a written statement. If complainants are
unable to provide written statements, District personnel will
provide assistance. It is recommended that transcribed statements
be done in the presence of a District witness.
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8. Interview accused persons and provide assurances regarding
confidentiality and non-retaliation. If appropriate, request that
accused persons provide written statements. If accused persons are
unable to provide written statements, District personnel will
provide assistance. It is recommended that transcribed statements
be done in the presence of a District witness.
9. Interview any witnesses or other affected parties identified by the
targets and accused persons and provide assurances regarding
confidentiality and non-retaliation. If appropriate, request written
statements. If witnesses or other affected parties are unable to
provide written statements, District personnel will provide
assistance. It is recommended that transcribed statements be done
in the presence of a District witness.
10. Take appropriate administrative steps in response to sexual
harassment, including acting to end the harassment, monitoring to
ensure the conduct does not reoccur, and addressing any hostile
environment that may have been created. Response strategies may
involve the initiation of counseling and/or disciplinary proceedings
for the accused and providing supports to targets and other affected
parties, which can be documented using the District’s electronic
tools for documenting discipline, counseling and incidents. Using
the “Complaint Investigation Record” attached to this policy along
with the District’s electronic tool for reporting and documenting
incidents, known as the Incident System Tracking Accountability
Report (ISTAR), provides a vehicle to document the incident,
required investigation, whether any harassing behavior has ceased
and interventions provided for target(s) and the accused. See
District policy, “Incident System Tracking Accountability Report
(ISTAR),” BUL-5269.2.
11. Refer to District policies, BUL-5655.2, “Guidelines for Student
Suspension,” and BUl-6231.0, “Discipline Foundation Policy:
School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support” for
further guidance with interventions. For assistance in providing
written communication of the school’s investigative responses to
parents of the accused, see the attached English and Spanish
“Sample Follow-Up Letter to Parents” for students accused of
sexual harassment.
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12. Inform complainants in general terms that protects the privacy and
confidentiality of individuals as required by law of the outcomes
and whether corrective actions specific to the claims have been or
will be taken to resolve the complaint. Tell complainants of
applicable appeal processes.
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13. Inform parents/guardians of student complainants about the filing,
the status of the investigation and findings, as well as the resolution
of any complaint of sexual harassment in general terms. Care must
be taken to protect the identity of the accused and any witnesses
and the confidentiality of the specific administrative actions. For
assistance in providing written communication of the school’s
investigative responses to parents/guardians of student
complainants, see the attached English and Spanish “Sample
Follow-Up Letter to Parents” for student targets.
14. If a student has been a target of harassment based on sexual
orientation or gender identity, consult with the student to determine
an appropriate way to inform the student’s parents/guardians of the
harassing conduct. Student sexual orientation and/or gender
identity should be divulged only on a need-to-know basis among
staff and cannot be otherwise divulged without permission of the
student. See the District’s policy, “Transgender Students –
Ensuring Equity and Nondiscrimination,” BUL-6224.0.
15. Monitor with targets that the harassment has ceased. For example,
arrange for a designated staff person to check-in with targets after
one week and then again after two weeks to evaluate whether the
remedies implemented have been effective.
16. Use the “Complaint Investigation Record” attached to this bulletin
to document findings and actions taken to address the complaint, as
well as to document monitoring and assessment of the effectiveness
of actions taken. If harassing conduct has not ceased, additional
actions and monitoring will be required. The completed sexual
harassment complaint investigation documentation is in addition to
noting incidents, discipline and counseling using the District’s
electronic databases. A copy of the completed “Complaint
Investigation Record” should be provided to the site’s ISTAR
designee to attach to the electronic incident record.
17. The same “Complaint Investigation Record” may be used when the
conduct is determined to be inappropriate behavior that did not
constitute sexual harassment or when there are no findings of
violations of the District’s nondiscrimination or sexual harassment
policies. Corrective action may still be necessary and the form
provides a vehicle to document the investigation and actions taken.
18. “Complaint Investigation Record” forms must be safeguarded by
retaining them in a separate school file in a central location as
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opposed to a student’s cumulative record. Upload electronic copies
of the completed investigation record to ISTAR, if applicable, as
well as print and attach copies of relevant ISTARs to the hardcopy
file for the investigation record. Access to these records is
restricted to those individuals with a legitimate need for such
access. These records must be kept for five years from the school
year in which the complaint was filed. Duplicate copies should
also be filed in each accused student’s individual disciplinary file.
B. Formal Complaint of Discrimination/Harassment and/or Appeal of Site
Informal Decision:
1. In addition to or instead of filing a complaint at a site, any
individual has the right to file with the Educational Equity
Compliance Office a formal written complaint of discrimination
within six months of the last occurrence or when knowledge of the
complaint was first obtained depending on which comes first. A
complainant unable to make a written complaint will be assisted by
District personnel.
2. The written complaint/appeal may be filed using the “Title IX
Complaint Form,” the District’s Uniform Complaint Procedures
(UCP) form or simply by filing a written complaint statement.
3. The complaint shall contain the following information:
a. The specific facts about the complaint which may be helpful to
the complaint investigator including, but not limited to the
following: the nature of the complaint, names of those
involved, witnesses, and dates/places of occurrences;
b. The specific relief being sought; and
c. Any other relevant or supportive documentation or information
the complainant believes will provide assistance in
understanding the complaint.
4. The formal complaint should be made to the District’s Title IX
Coordinator in the District’s Educational Equity Compliance
Office, at 333 South Beaudry Avenue, 20th Floor, Los Angeles,
California 90017 for appropriate investigation and response.
C. Formal Complaint/Appeal Process:
The Educational Equity
Compliance Office will follow steps as outlined below and in the
District’s UCP policy in response to a formal written discrimination
complaint or appeal of a site decision.
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1. Provide the complainant with a written acknowledgement of the
complaint within 10 days which:
a. Advises and assures the complainant that confidentiality of the
facts will be observed to the maximum extent possible.
b. Advises and assures the complainant that the District prohibits
retaliation against anyone who files a complaint or participates
in a complaint investigation.
c. States that the complaint investigation/resolution process will
be completed within 60 days of receipt of the complaint.
d. Advises the complainant to call or send any additional
information or documentation relevant to the complaint.
e. Informs the complainant that a written report of findings and
conclusions, listing any corrective action taken, will be
provided at the conclusion of the investigation.
2. Conduct an impartial investigation and work to resolve the matter.
3. Provide a written report of findings and conclusions to the
complainant and the respondent within 60 days of receipt of the
complaint/appeal that also contains the following:
a. The assurance that the District will not tolerate retaliation
against a complainant for the filing of a complaint or
participating in the complaint investigation.
b. A statement advising the complainant of the option to appeal
the Educational Equity Compliance Office’s decision to the
California Department of Education within 15 days of receipt of
the Educational Equity Compliance Office’s decision letter.
D. Further Options Regarding Complaints of Discrimination/Harassment:
An appeal of the Educational Equity Compliance Office’s findings may
be made to the California Department of Education – Office of Equal
Opportunity. The written appeal must be sent within 15 days of receipt
of the letter of findings. Such appeals should specify the reason(s) for
appealing the decision, include a copy of the District’s decision and be
addressed to: California Department of Education, Office of Equal
Opportunity, 1430 N Street – Room 4206, Sacramento, California
95814.
E. Civil Law Remedies: Pursuant to the California Education Code
§262.3, persons who have filed a complaint should also be advised that
civil law remedies, including, but not limited to, injunctions, restraining
orders, or other remedies may be available to them.
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AUTHORITY:
This is a policy of the Superintendent of Schools. The following legal standards
are applied in this policy:
California Education Code §200 State Policy; Declaration of Purpose; §212.5
“Sexual Harassment;” §220 Applicability to Educational Institutions; and
§48900.2 Sexual harassment as ground for suspension or recommendation for
expulsion
California Penal Code, §422.55 Hate Crime Defined
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681, et seq.
Title IX Regulations, Title 34, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 106 et seq.
Title 5, California Code of Regulations, §4910 General Definitions,
§4910(k) Gender; §4910(v) Sex; §4910(w) Sexual Orientation, and
§4916 Sexual Harassment Definitions
RELATED
RESOURCES:
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•
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•
Administrator Certification On-Line System, Memorandum issued annually by
the Office of the Superintendent
Bullying and Hazing Policy (Student-to-Student and Student-to-Adult), BUL5212.1, September 17, 2012, Office of School Operations
Board Resolution, To Enforce the Respectful Treatment of All Persons,
October 10, 1988
Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Requirements, BUL-1347.2, July 1, 2011,
Office of the General Counsel
Code of Conduct with Students – Distribution and Dissemination
Requirement, BUL-5167.0, July 1, 2010, Office of the Superintendent
Coordination of District Child Abuse Reporting Procedures and Sexual
Harassment Policy, Reference Guide No. L-2 (Rev), June 20, 2003, Office of
the General Counsel
Discipline Foundation Policy: School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention
and Support, BUL-6231.0, February 14, 2014, Office of School Operations
Employee Inappropriate Conduct Allegation Policy and Procedures, BUL6211.0, December 20, 2013, Office of School Operations, Office of General
Counsel and Human Resources Division
Expulsion of Students – Policy and Procedures, BUL-6050.1, August 19, 2013,
Office of School Operations
Guidelines for Student Suspension, BUL-5655.2, August 19, 2013, Office of
School Operations
Incident System Tracking Accountability Report (ISTAR), BUL-5269.2, July
10, 2013, Office of School Operations
LAUSDMAX Discipline Module Required Usage, BUL-5808.2, September 9,
2013, Office of School Operations
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ASSISTANCE:
Nondiscrimination Required Notices and Ordering of Student Brochures,
Memorandum issued annually by Office of the General Counsel
Parent Student Handbook Distribution, Memorandum issued annually by the
Office of the Superintendent
Responding to and Reporting Hate-Motivated Incidents and Crimes, BUL2047.0, October 10, 2005, Office of the General Counsel
Sexual Harassment Policy – Employee-to-Employee, BUL-1893.1, August 1,
2005, Office of the General Counsel
Students, Don’t Let Others Bully or Harass You!, student brochure for Grades
K-6 may be downloaded from the Educational Equity Compliance Office
website at http://achieve.lausd.net/eeco
Title IX and Nondiscrimination, Students Know Your Rights, student
brochures may be ordered from the District’s General Stores Distribution by
using the current Stores’ Supplies and Equipment Catalog
Title IX Policy/Complaint Procedures, BUL-2521.1, June 7, 2006, Office of
the General Counsel
Transgender Students – Ensuring Equity and Nondiscrimination, BUL-6224.0,
February 3, 2014, Office of the General Counsel
Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP), BUL-5159.3, May 16, 2014, Office of
the General Counsel
For information/assistance, contact the following:
Child Abuse Reporting
• Los Angeles Police Department – (213) 486-0530
• Department of Children and Family Services – (800) 540-4000
• Local Law Enforcement Agency, as applicable
Educational Equity Compliance Office – (213) 241-7682
• Julie Hall-Panameño, Director/District Title IX Coordinator
• http://achieve.lausd.net/eeco
Educational Service Center (ESC)
• Administrators of Operations
• Operations Coordinators/Title IX Designees
ESC North – (818) 654-3615
ESC South – (310) 354-3417
ESC East – (323) 224-3100
ESC West – (310) 914-2100
Intensive Support and Innovation Center (ISIC) – (213) 241-0167
Equal Opportunity Section – (213) 241-7685
(employee-to-employee and student-to-employee sexual harassment complaints)
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Office of General Counsel – Education Legal Services Team – (213) 241-7600
Office of the Inspector General – (213) 241-7700
Student Discipline and Expulsion Support Unit – (213) 202-7555
ATTACHMENS:
Nondiscrimination Statement Posting – English (Attachment A)
Nondiscrimination Statement Posting – Spanish (Attachment B)
Sexual Harassment Policy Posting – English (Attachment C)
Sexual Harassment Policy Posting – Spanish (Attachment D)
Title IX/Bullying Complaint Manager Posting – English (Attachment E)
Title IX/Bullying Complaint Manager Posting – Spanish (Attachment F)
Title IX/Bullying Complaint Log (Attachment G)
Title IX Sex Discrimination/Sexual Harassment Complaint Form – English
(Attachment H)
Title IX Sex Discrimination/Sexual Harassment Complaint Form – Spanish
(Attachment I)
Sexual Harassment Policy Acknowledgement Posting – English (Attachment J)
Sexual Harassment Policy Acknowledgement Posting – Spanish (Attachment K)
Complaint Investigation Record (Attachment L)
Sample Follow-Up Letter to Parents:
Student Accused of Sexual Harassment – English
Student Accused of Sexual Harassment – Spanish
Student Target of Sexual Harassment – English
Student Target of Sexual Harassment – Spanish
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Attaachment A
LOS
S ANGEL
LES UNIFIED SC
CHOOL D
DISTRICT
T
NON
NDISC
CRIM
MINA
ATIO
ON ST
TATE
EMEN
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The Los Angeles Unified School
S
Districct is committeed to providinng a working and learningg environmentt free from
diiscrimination, harassmentt, intimidatio
on and/or bu
ullying. Thee District prrohibits discrrimination, hharassment,
inntimidation an
nd/or bullyin
ng based on the actual orr perceived ccharacteristics set forth inn Penal Code § 422.5,
Education Cod
de § 220 and actual or perrceived sex, sexual
s
orientaation, gender,, gender idenntity, gender eexpression,
g
identifiication, ancesstry, nationallity, national origin, religgion, color, mental or
raace or ethniccity, ethnic group
phhysical disabiility, age, or on the basis of a person's association w
with a personn or group wiith one or moore of these
acctual or percceived characcteristics, in any program
m or activity it conducts or to which it provides significant
asssistance.
D
Discrimination
n is different treatment on the basis of a protected c ategory in thhe context of aan educationaal program
orr activity witthout a legitim
mate nondisccriminatory reeason and intterferes with or limits thee individual’ss ability to
paarticipate in or
o benefit from
m the servicess, activities, or
o privileges pprovided by thhe District.
H
Harassment occcurs when: (1)
( the target is subjected to unwelcom
me conduct rellated to a prootected categoory; (2) the
haarassment is both subjectively offensiv
ve to the targeet and wouldd be offensivee to a reasonaable person oof the same
s; and (3) thee harassmentt is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or
agge and characcteristics und
der the same circumstance
c
peersistent so as
a to interferre with or lim
mit an indiviidual’s abilityy to participaate in or bennefit from thee services,
acctivities, or op
pportunities offered
o
by thee District.
U
Upon witnessiing an act of discriminatio
on, harassmen
nt, intimidatiion and/or buullying based on actual orr perceived
chharacteristics of a protected
d category (as enumerated
d above), schoool personnel are required to take immeediate steps
too intervene when
w
it is safee to do so. On
nce a school or office has notice of disscriminatory, harassing, inntimidating
annd/or bullying
g conduct, wh
hether carried
d out by emplloyees, studennts, or third pparties, it should take imm
mediate and
apppropriate steps to invesstigate or oth
herwise deterrmine what occurred andd take prom
mpt and effecctive steps
reeasonably calculated to en
nd the conducct, eliminate a hostile envirronment, if oone has been created and pprevent the
coonduct from occurring
o
agaain. These steeps should be taken whetheer or not an inndividual maakes a complaaint or asks
thhe school or office
o
to take action.
a
This nondiscrim
mination poliicy applies to all acts relateed to school aactivity or schhool attendannce within anyy school or
offfice under th
he jurisdiction
n of the Superrintendent of the
t Los Angeeles Unified S
School Districct.
For inquiries or complaints related
r
to disccrimination, harassment, in
ntimidation an
nd/or bullying of students baased on the
actual or perrceived characcteristics listed
d above, conta
act your schoool’s administrrator, the schoool’s Title IX /Bullying
Compla
aint Manager or:
Julie Hall-Panameñ
H
ño
Educational
E
Eq
quity Compliaance Office
Distrrict Section 50
04 and Title IX
X Coordinatorr
(21
13) 241-7682
For inquiriies or complaiints related to employee-to-eemployee, stu dent-to-emplooyee, or work//employment related
discriminatiion, harassment, and/or intiimidation, con
ntact your sch
hool administrrator or:
Eq
qual Employm
ment Opportun
nity Section
(21
13) 241-7685
Both Offices
O
located at:
Los Angeles Unified
U
Schoool District
33
33 South Beau
udry Avenue – 20th Floor
Los An
ngeles, CA 900017
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DISTRIT
TO ESCO
OLAR UN
NIFICAD
DO DE LO
OS ÁNGELES
DECL
LARA
ACIÓN AN
NTIDISCRIIMINA
ATOR
RIA
El Distrito Esccolar Unificad
do de Los Án
ngeles está com
mprometido a mantener uun ambiente llaboral y de aaprendizaje
libbre de discriminación, ho
ostigamiento, intimidación
n y/o acoso eescolar. El D
Distrito prohíbbe la discriminación, el
hoostigamiento,, la intimidacción y/o el acoso escolar basado en laas característticas actualess o percibidaas según el
C
Código Penal § 422.5, el Código de Educación
E
§2
220, e incluyyendo sexo rreal o percibiido, orientaciión sexual,
geenero, identid
dad de géneero, expresión
n de género, raza o étniia, identificacción de gruppo étnico, asscendencia,
naacionalidad, origen
o
nacion
nal, religión, color,
c
discapaacidad mentall o física, edaad, o en base a la asociacióón con una
peersona o grup
po con uno o más de estass característiccas reales o ppercibidas, en cualquier proograma o acttividad que
coonduzca o al cual
c proporciiona una asistencia consideerable.
La discriminacción es el tratto diferente en
n base de unaa categoría prrotegida en ell contexto de un programaa educativo
ó actividad sin
n motivo legíítimo antidisccriminatorio y que interfiiere con o lim
mita la capaciidad del indivviduo para
paarticipar en o beneficiarse de los serviciios, actividad
des o privilegiios proporcionnados por el D
Distrito.
El hostigamien
nto ocurre cuando: (1) el objeto
o
es som
metido a una conducta no deseada relaccionada a unaa categoría
prrotegida; (2) el
e hostigamieento es subjetivamente ofen
nsivo al objetto y sería ofeensivo para unna persona razzonable de
laa misma edad
d y característticas bajo lass mismas circcunstancias; y (3) el hostiggamiento es suficientemennte severo,
peenetrante y peersistente con
n el fin de inteerferir o limittar la capaciddad del individuo para partticipar en o beneficiarse
dee los servicios, actividadess u oportunidaades que ofrecce el Distrito..
A
Al presenciar un
u acto de disccriminación, hostigamiento,
h
, intimidación y/o acoso esccolar, el persoonal del planteel educativo
esstá obligado a tomar medidaas inmediatas para interveniir siempre y cuuando sea segguro hacerlo. A
Al reportar tal conducta a
unn administrad
dor o a la perrsona asignadaa al Título IX
X/Administraddor de Quejass del Acoso E
Escolar puedee hacer una
inntervención ap
propiada. Unaa vez que el plantel escolar u oficina tennga conocimieento de conduuctas discriminnatorias, de
hoostigamiento, de intimidaciión y/o de aco
oso escolar, yaa sean realizaadas por los em
mpleados, esttudiantes, o poor terceros,
deebe tomar meedidas inmediaatas y apropiaadas para inveestigar y deterrminar lo suceedido. El plaantel escolar ddebe tomar
m
medidas inmed
diatas y eficacees, razonablem
mente calculad
das, para poneer fin a la connducta, y elim
minar un entornno hostil, si
ess que ha sido creado y evittar que la conducta vuelva a ocurrir. Estaas medidas see deben tomarr aunque el inndividuo no
prresente una qu
ueja, o bien si éste pide al pllantel escolar u oficina que ttome medidass.
ntidiscriminato
oria se aplica a todos los actos relacionaados con la acctividad escolaar o asistenciaa dentro de
Esta política an
cuualquier planteel escolar u officina bajo la jurisdicción deel Superintenddente del Distrrito Escolar Unnificado de Loos Ángeles.
P
Para consultass o quejas rela
acionadas con la discriminacción, hostigam
miento, intimid
dación y/o acooso escolar bassado en las
caracterrísticas reales o percibidas mencionadas
m
arriba
a
contactte a su directoor, la persona aasignada al Tíítulo
IX/Admin
nistrador de Quejas
Q
del Acooso Escolar o a la :
Oficina pa
ara el Cumpliimiento de la E
Equidad Educcativa
Julie Hall-Panameñ
H
ño
Coordinad
dor de la Secciión 504 y el Tíítulo IX del D
Distrito
(21
13) 241 7682
Para
P
pregunta
as o quejas relacionadas con
n el empleadoo a empleado, estudiante a eempleado,
o diiscriminación u hostigamien
nto laboral coontacte a su diirector o a la:
Secció
ón de Igualdad
d de Oportuniidad de Empleeo
(21
13) 241 7685
Ambas oficin
nas están ubiccadas en:
Disstrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles
333
3 South Bea
audry Avenuee - Piso 20
Los Án
ngeles, CA 900017
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LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is committed to providing a working and learning environment
free from sexual harassment. The District prohibits sexual harassment of or by employees, students, or persons
doing business with or for the District on the basis of actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender
identity or gender expression. Failure to follow this policy is a violation of state and federal law.
Sexual harassment is defined by California Education Code § 212.5 as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests
for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the
work or educational setting, under any of the following conditions:
 Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or a condition of an individual’s employment,
academic status, or progress.
 Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis of employment or academic
decisions affecting the individual.
 The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact upon the individual’s work or academic
performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.
 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
educational institution.
Upon witnessing an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying based on actual or perceived
characteristics of a protected category (as enumerated above), school personnel are required to take immediate steps
to intervene when it is safe to do so. Reporting such conduct to an administrator or Title IX/Bullying Complaint
Manager can be an appropriate intervention. Once a school or office has notice of discriminatory, harassing,
intimidating or bullying conduct, whether carried out by employees, students, or third parties, it should take
immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred. School personnel are to take
prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the conduct, eliminate a hostile environment, if one has
been created, and prevent the conduct from occurring again. These steps should be taken whether or not an
individual makes a complaint or asks the school or office to take action. This policy applies to all acts related to
school activity or school attendance within any school or office under the jurisdiction of the Superintendent of the
Los Angeles Unified School District.
Any student or employee of the District who believes that she or he has been a victim of sexual harassment should
bring the problem to the attention of the school-site administrator or the school’s Title IX/Bullying Complaint
Manager so that appropriate action may be taken to resolve the problem. The District prohibits retaliatory behavior
against anyone who files a sexual harassment complaint or any participant in the complaint investigation process.
Complaints must be promptly investigated in a way that respects the privacy of the parties concerned.
For inquiries about District policies and procedures related to sexual harassment,
including how to file a sexual harassment complaint contact:
Educational Equity Compliance Office
Julie Hall-Panameño
LAUSD Section 504 and Title IX Coordinator
(213) 241-7682
For inquiries or complaints related to employee-to-employee, student-to-employee, or
work/employment related discrimination or harassment, contact:
Equal Employment Opportunity Section
(213) 241-7685
Both Offices located at:
Los Angeles Unified School District
333 South Beaudry Avenue - 20th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
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Attachment D
DISTRIT
TO ESCO
OLAR UN
NIFICAD
DO DE LO
OS ÁNGELES
POLÍT
P
TICA SOBRE
S
E EL A
ACOSO
O SEX
XUAL
El Diistrito Escolarr Unificado dee Los Ángeles está comprom
metido a propoorcionar un am
mbiente laboraal y de aprenddizaje libre deel
acosoo sexual. El Distrito
D
prohíb
be el acoso seexual hacia y departe de loos empleados,, los estudianttes o las perssonas haciendo
o
negoccios con o parra el Distrito en
e base al sex
xo real o percib
bido, orientacción sexual, iddentidad de géénero o expressión de género
o.
El inccumplimiento a esta políticaa es una violacción a las leyees estatales y ffederales.
d California § 212.5 comoo cualquier coonducta de índdole sexual no
o
El accoso sexual ess definido porr el Código dee Educación de
deseaada, pedir favo
ores sexuales y otra conduccta verbal, visu
ual o física dee naturaleza seexual hecha ppor un trabajaddor o cualquieer
otra ppersonal en el plantel educativo, bajo cuallquiera de las siguientes conndiciones:
 L
La rendición a la conducta se
s hace explíciita o implícitaamente como uuna condiciónn de empleo, eestatus académ
mico o ascenso
o
laboral.
 L
La rendición a la conducta del
d individuo o el rechazo dee la misma, ess usado como plataforma deel empleo o dee las decisiones
aacadémicas qu
ue afectan al in
ndividuo.
 L
La conducta tiene el propósiito o efecto dee causar un im
mpacto negativ o en el trabajoo, en el rendim
miento académ
mico o el efecto
o
dde crear un am
mbiente de trab
bajo o de estudio intimidantte, hostil u ofeensivo para el individuo.
 L
La rendición a la conducta del individuo
o o el rechazo de la misma se usa como bbase para cuallquier decisiónn que afecte al
a
inndividuo con respecto a lass prestaciones,, servicios, recconocimientoss, programas o actividades ddisponibles enn o a través deel
pplantel educatiivo.
a
de discrim
minación, hosstigamiento, in
ntimidación yy/o acoso escoolar basado enn las caracteríísticas reales o
Al prresenciar un acto
percibbidas de una categoría pro
otegida (como
o se enumerarron arriba), el personal del plantel educaativo está oblligado a tomaar
medidas inmediataas para interveenir siempre y cuando sea seguro hacerllo. Al reportaar tal conductta a un adminnistrador o a la
a Título IX/Ad
dministrador de
d Quejas del Acoso Escolaar puede hacerr una intervencción apropiadaa. Una vez que
persoona asignada al
el plaantel escolar u oficina teng
ga conocimien
nto de conducctas discriminnatorias, de hoostigamiento, de intimidaciión o de acoso
o
escollar, ya sean reaalizadas por lo
os empleados, estudiantes, o por terceras personas, debbe tomar mediidas inmediataas y apropiadaas
para investigar y determinar lo
o sucedido. El plantel escolar debe toomar medidass inmediatas y eficaces, raazonablemente
oner fin a la co
onducta, y elim
minar un ento
orno hostil, si ees que ha sidoo creado y evitar que la connducta vuelva a
calcuuladas, para po
ocurrrir. Estas mediidas se deben tomar aunquee el individuo no presente uuna queja, o biien si éste pidee al plantel esscolar u oficina
que tome medidas.. Esta política se aplica a tod
dos los actos relacionados
r
ccon la actividaad escolar o assistencia dentrro de cualquieer
j
deel Superintend
dente del Distrrito Escolar U
Unificado de Loos Ángeles.
plantel escolar u officina bajo la jurisdicción
nte o empleado
o del Distrito que
q cree que ha
h sido víctim
ma de acoso seexual debe llevvar la queja all administrado
or
Cualqquier estudian
del pllantel escolar o la persona asignada
a
al Títtulo IX/Admin
nistrador de Q
Quejas del Acooso Escolar paara que se tomen las medidaas
adecuuadas para ressolver el probllema. El Distrrito prohíbe laas represalias en contra de ccualquier perssona que presente una queja
de accoso sexual o cualquier partticipante en ell proceso de la investigacióón de la queja. Las quejas ddeberán ser invvestigadas con
n
pronttitud de una manera
m
que resp
pete la privaciidad de las parrtes involucraddas.
Para consulttas sobre las pollíticas del Distriito y los proced
dimientos relaciionados al acosoo sexual,
que incluye cómo presenta
ar un queja de aacoso sexual, coontacte:
Oficina para el Cumplimiento de la E
Equidad Educattiva
Julie Hall-Panameñ
H
ño
Coordin
nador de la Seccción 504 y el Títtulo IX del Disttrito
(213) 241 7682
Para pregu
untas o quejas relacionadas
r
co
on el empleado a empleado, esttudiante a empleado,
o discrim
minación u hostiigamiento laborral, comuníquesse a:
Seccción de Igualdad de Oportunid
dad de Empleo
(213) 241 7685
Ambas oficinas están ubicaadas en:
Distrito
D
Escolarr Unificado de L
Los Ángeles
333 South Beeaudry Avenue - Piso 20
Los Án
ngeles, CA 900117
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THE TITLE IX/BULLYING
COMPLAINT MANAGERS
FOR OUR SCHOOL ARE:
________________________________________________________
ROOM #
________________________________________________________
ROOM #
________________________________________________________
ROOM #
Report discrimination, harassment,
intimidation and bullying to any of the people
listed here or to any school administrator.
THEY CAN HELP!
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LOS ADMINISTRADORES DEL
TÍTULO IX/
ADMINISTRADORES DE
QUEJAS DE ACOSO ESCOLAR
DE NUESTRA ESCUELA SON:
________________________________________________________
SALÓN #
________________________________________________________
SALÓN #
________________________________________________________
SALÓN #
Reportar la discriminación, hostigamiento,
intimidación y el acoso escolar a cualquiera de las
personas mencionadas aquí o a los
administradores de la escuela.
¡ELLOS PUEDEN AYUDARLE!
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Attachment G
Title IX/Bullying Complaint Log
Date
opened
Reporting party
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Alleged target(s)
Alleged accused
Investigator(s)
(name/dates)
Findings: unfounded,
insufficient info, iSTAR#
and/or MiSiS
Behavior
has
ceased
Date
closed
Date of
response to
complainant
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Attachment H
LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
TITLE IX SEX DISCRIMINATION/SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINT FORM
Person filing complaint:
Name: _____________________________________________________________________________________
Last
First
Middle
Home Address: ______________________________________________________________________________
Street
Zip
City
Home Telephone: ____________________________
Other Contact Number: __________________________
Person Filing Complaint is:  Parent  Advocate  Student  Employee  Other __________________
Complaint filed on behalf of:
Name: _____________________________________________________________________________________
Last
First
Middle
/
/
For Student: ________________________________
For Employee: __________________________________
Date of Birth
Grade
Employee Number
ESC
School/Work Site: ____________________________________________________________________________
Please give the facts about the complaint and attached any relevant documents if available:
/
/
Date of Incident: _______________
Place of Incident: ___________________________________________
Names of Accused: ___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
Name of Witnesses: __________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
Brief Description of Incident:
___________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
Has your complaint been discussed with any LAUSD personnel?  Yes  No
If yes, to whom (person/office) have you spoken and what was the outcome? _____________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
Signature: _________________________________________________ Date: ___________________________
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TITLE IX SEX DISCRIMINATION/SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINT FORM
Attachment I
Persona presentando esta queja:
Nombre: ___________________________________________________________________________________
Apellido
Primer Nombre
Segundo Nombre
Domicilio: __________________________________________________________________________________
Calle
Código Postal
Ciudad
Teléfono del Hogar: __________________________
Otro Número de Contacto: _______________________
La Persona presentando esta queja es:  Padre  Defensor  Estudiante  Empleado  Otro __________
La Queja presentada en nombre de:
Nombre: ___________________________________________________________________________________
Apellido
Primer Nombre
Segundo Nombre
/
/
Para el Empleado: ________________________________
Para el Estudiante: ___________________________
___________
Fecha de Nacimiento
Grado
Número del Empleado
ESC
Escuela/Sitio Laboral: _________________________________________________________________________
/
/
Fecha del Incidente: ______________
Lugar del Incidente: _________________________________________
Nombre(s) del (los) Acusado(s): ________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
Nombre(s) del (los) Testigo(s): _________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
Por favor proporcione los hechos acerca de la queja y adjuntar los documentos pertinentes de su caso si
dispone de ellos:
Breve Descripción del Incidente (añadir más páginas si es necesario): ___________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
¿Se ha discutido su queja con cualquier miembro del personal de LAUSD?
 Sí  No
Si es afirmativo, con quién (persona/oficina) ha conversado y cuál fue el resultado? ________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
Firma: ____________________________________________________ Fecha: __________________________
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LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Attachment J
SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is committed to providing a working and learning environment
free from sexual harassment. The District prohibits sexual harassment of or by employees, students, or persons
doing business with or for the District on the basis of actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender
identity or gender expression. Failure to follow this policy is a violation of state and federal law.
Sexual harassment is defined by California Education Code § 212.5 as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests
for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the
work or educational setting, under any of the following conditions:
 Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or a condition of an individual’s employment,
academic status, or progress.
 Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis of employment or academic
decisions affecting the individual.
 The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact upon the individual’s work or academic
performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.
 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
educational institution.
Upon witnessing an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying based on actual or perceived
characteristics of a protected category (as enumerated above), school personnel are required to take immediate steps
to intervene when it is safe to do so. Reporting such conduct to an administrator or Title IX/Bullying Complaint
Manager can be an appropriate intervention. Once a school or office has notice of discriminatory, harassing,
intimidating or bullying conduct, whether carried out by employees, students, or third parties, it should take
immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred. School personnel are to take
prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the conduct, eliminate a hostile environment, if one has
been created, and prevent the conduct from occurring again. These steps should be taken whether or not an
individual makes a complaint or asks the school or office to take action. This policy applies to all acts related to
school activity or school attendance within any school or office under the jurisdiction of the Superintendent of the
Los Angeles Unified School District.
Any student or employee of the District who believes that she or he has been a victim of sexual harassment should
bring the problem to the attention of the school-site administrator or the school’s Title IX/Bullying Complaint
Manager so that appropriate action may be taken to resolve the problem. The District prohibits retaliatory behavior
against anyone who files a sexual harassment complaint or any participant in the complaint investigation process.
Complaints must be promptly investigated in a way that respects the privacy of the parties concerned.
For inquiries about District policies and procedures related to sexual harassment,
including how to file a sexual harassment complaint contact:
Educational Equity Compliance Office
Julie Hall-Panameño, LAUSD Section 504 and Title IX Coordinator
(213) 241-7682
For inquiries or complaints related to employee-to-employee, student-to-employee, or
work/employment related discrimination or harassment, contact:
Equal Employment Opportunity Section
(213) 241-7685
Both Offices located at:
Los Angeles Unified School District
333 South Beaudry Avenue - 20th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
I have reviewed this policy and understand my rights and responsibilities. I understand sexual harassment is
prohibited.
Student Signature: _____________________________________
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Signature: ___________________________________ _____________________________________
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DISTRITO ESCOLAR UNIFICADO DE LOS ÁNGELES
Attachment K
RECONOCIMIENTO DE LA POLÍTICA
SOBRE EL ACOSO SEXUAL
El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles está comprometido a proporcionar un ambiente laboral y de aprendizaje
libre del acoso sexual. El Distrito prohíbe el acoso sexual hacia y departe de los empleados, los estudiantes o las personas
haciendo negocios con o para el Distrito en base al sexo real o percibido, orientación sexual, identidad de género o
expresión de género. El incumplimiento a esta política es una violación a las leyes estatales y federales.
El acoso sexual es definido por el Código de Educación de California § 212.5 como cualquier conducta de índole sexual
no deseada, pedir favores sexuales y otra conducta verbal, visual o física de naturaleza sexual hecha por un trabajador o
cualquier otra personal en el plantel educativo, bajo cualquiera de las siguientes condiciones:
 La rendición a la conducta se hace explícita o implícitamente como una condición de empleo, estatus académico o
ascenso laboral.
 La rendición a la conducta del individuo o el rechazo de la misma, es usado como plataforma del empleo o de las
decisiones académicas que afectan al individuo.
 La conducta tiene el propósito o efecto de causar un impacto negativo en el trabajo, en el rendimiento académico o el
efecto de crear un ambiente de trabajo o de estudio intimidante, hostil u ofensivo para el individuo.
 La rendición a la conducta del individuo o el rechazo de la misma se usa como base para cualquier decisión que
afecte al individuo con respecto a las prestaciones, servicios, reconocimientos, programas o actividades disponibles en
o a través del plantel educativo.
Al presenciar un acto de discriminación, hostigamiento, intimidación y/o acoso escolar basado en las características reales
o percibidas de una categoría protegida (como se enumeraron arriba), el personal del plantel educativo está obligado a
tomar medidas inmediatas para intervenir siempre y cuando sea seguro hacerlo. Al reportar tal conducta a un
administrador o a la persona asignada al Título IX/Administrador de Quejas del Acoso Escolar puede hacer una
intervención apropiada. Una vez que el plantel escolar u oficina tenga conocimiento de conductas discriminatorias, de
hostigamiento, de intimidación o de acoso escolar, ya sean realizadas por los empleados, estudiantes, o por terceras
personas, debe tomar medidas inmediatas y apropiadas para investigar y determinar lo sucedido. El plantel escolar debe
tomar medidas inmediatas y eficaces, razonablemente calculadas, para poner fin a la conducta, y eliminar un entorno
hostil, si es que ha sido creado y evitar que la conducta vuelva a ocurrir. Estas medidas se deben tomar aunque el
individuo no presente una queja, o bien si éste pide al plantel escolar u oficina que tome medidas. Esta política se aplica a
todos los actos relacionados con la actividad escolar o asistencia dentro de cualquier plantel escolar u oficina bajo la
jurisdicción del Superintendente del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles.
Cualquier estudiante o empleado del Distrito que cree que ha sido víctima de acoso sexual debe llevar la queja al
administrador del plantel escolar o la persona asignada al Título IX/Administrador de Quejas del Acoso Escolar para que
se tomen las medidas adecuadas para resolver el problema. El Distrito prohíbe las represalias en contra de cualquier
persona que presente una queja de acoso sexual o cualquier participante en el proceso de la investigación de la queja. Las
quejas deberán ser investigadas con prontitud de una manera que respete la privacidad de las partes involucradas.
Para consultas sobre las políticas del Distrito y los procedimientos relacionados al acoso sexual,
que incluye cómo presentar un queja de acoso sexual, contacte:
Oficina para el Cumplimiento de la Equidad Educativa
Julie Hall-Panameño
Coordinador de la Sección 504 y el Título IX del Distrito
(213) 241 7682
Para preguntas o quejas relacionadas con el empleado a empleado, estudiante a empleado,
o discriminación u hostigamiento laboral, comuníquese a:
Sección de Igualdad de Oportunidad de Empleo
(213) 241 7685
Ambas oficinas están ubicadas en:
Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles
333 South Beaudry Avenue - Piso 20
Los Ángeles, CA 90017
He revisado esta política y entiendo mis derechos y responsabilidades. Entiendo que el acoso sexual está prohibido.
Firma del Estudiante: _______________________________ Firma del Padre/Tutor: ________________________________
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Attachment L
Confidential
COMPLAINT INVESTIGATION RECORD
(Student-to-Student, Student-to-Adult, and/or Adult-to-Student Sexual Harassment)
[For School/District recording purposes only]
School
RECORD OF INVESTIGATION:
Interview alleged target(s) of sexual harassment
Interview witnesses (if any)
ISTAR#
Date(s)
Date(s)
Interview accused person(s)
Name of Investigator
FINDINGS/DETERMINATION:
Findings indicate sexual harassment occurred
Student-to-Student
Student-to-Adult
Adult-to-Student
Findings indicate that inappropriate behavior occurred, but the behavior did not
meet the defining elements of sexual harassment
There are no findings of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior
CORRECTIVE ACTIONS (Check all that apply):
Involving Accused Person(s)
Date
Parent Informed of Complaint
/ /
Conference
Letter
Telephone
Date(s)
Corrective actions needed
Corrective actions needed
No corrective action needed
Involving Alleged Target(s)
Parent informed of Complaint
Conference
Letter
Telephone
Caution - In gender identity or sexual
orientation harassment, consult with
alleged target as to a safe way to inform
parent/guardian of the harassment.
Provide/Explain District Sexual
Harassment Policy/Procedures
Referral for School Counseling
Referral for Outside Counseling
Provide/Explain District Sexual
Harassment Policy/Procedures
Referral for School Counseling
Education/Behavior Contract
Class Schedule Change
School Discipline Provided
Disciplinary Conference
Opportunity Transfer
Suspension
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
Expulsion
/
/
Accused Person’s Parents Notified of
Resolution of Incident/Complaint
Safety Plan
Other
/
/
Monitor to Check That Unwanted
Behavior Has Stopped
After One Week
After Two Weeks
/
/
/
/
Safety Plan
Other
/
Date
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
DESCRIBE OTHER ACTIONS TAKEN OR FURTHER REMEDIAL ACTION TO BE UNDERTAKEN TO PREVENT
RECURRENCE OF THE INCIDENT/BEHAVIOR:
NOTIFICATION OF FINDINGS AND ACTIONS TAKEN:
Targeted Person
Date(s)
Parents Date(s)
Accused Person
Date(s)
Parents Date(s)
Law Enforcement
DCFS
Date(s)
Date(s)
RETAIN INVESTIGATION RECORDS IN A CENTRAL LOCATION. PROVIDE A COPY OF THE COMPETED
RECORD TO THE ISTAR DESIGNEE TO ENSURE RECORD IS ATTACHED/ENTERED INTO ISTAR.
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STUDENT ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Sample Follow-Up Letter to Parents
Corrective Actions Taken to Address Behavior
ENGLISH
PUT ON SCHOOL LETTERHEAD
[Insert Date]
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Names
[Insert Address]
RE:
Student’s Name, Grade, Date of Birth
Dear Parent/Guardian,
It is our goal at _______________________________ School to provide a safe school
environment for every student. In keeping with that goal, I wish to keep you informed of actions
taken in regard to your child being involved in a situation that included conduct that would be
considered a violation of the District’s sexual harassment policy.
The actions listed below were taken in an effort to address the reported situation that involved
your child, and I hope no other problems of this kind will occur in the future. Please know we
are working with all parties who may have been involved in this incident. Confidentiality
prevents us from sharing actions taken with other parties. This letter reflects actions that were
taken with your child:
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Counseled your child regarding the allegations that inappropriate conduct took place and
stressed the seriousness of his/her actions.
Directed your child to immediately stop the inappropriate conduct.
Advised your child that any retaliatory behavior against any person connected with the
complaint will not be tolerated.
Administered a classroom or school suspension as a consequence of your child’s actions.
Invited you, the parents, to a conference to discuss the reported incidents.
Completed an individual student safety plan.
Advised your child that his/her behavior would continue to be monitored by the school.
District policy prohibits acts of retaliation against persons involved in complaint investigations.
If incidents occur, please advise the school administration promptly. If you are dissatisfied with
the actions taken, you may file a complaint with the Educational Service Center Operations
Coordinator/Title IX Designee at the Educational Service Center ___Office at (insert
Educational Service Center address). The Educational Service Center ___ telephone number is
__________________. Please be aware that any such written complaint must be filed within six
months of the reported situation.
Please feel free to call me at (
) _________________if you would like to discuss this matter.
Sincerely,
_______________________________________
Principal
c: _________________________, Superintendent, Educational Service Center ___
_________________________, Administrator of Operations, Educational Service Center ___
_________________________, Operations Coordinator, Educational Service Center ___
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Sample Follow-Up Letter to Parents
Corrective Actions Taken to Address Behavior
SPANISH
Put on School Letterhead
[Insert Fecha]
Parent(s) Guardian(s) Names
[Insert Address]
RE:
Student’s Name, Grade, Date of Birth
Estimado(s) padre(s) o tutor(es) de:______________________________________
Es nuestra meta en la escuela _______________________ ofrecerle a cada estudiante un entorno escolar seguro.
Para cumplir con dicha meta, deseo mantenerlos informados sobre las medidas que se han tomado con respecto a la
situación en la que su hijo está involucrado, la cual incluyó un comportamiento que puede ser considerado como una
violación a las políticas sobre el acoso sexual del Distrito.
Las acciones enumeradas a continuación fueron tomadas en un esfuerzo para hacer frente a la situación denunciada
que involucró a su hijo(a), y espero que ningún otro problema de este tipo ocurra en el futuro. Por favor, sepan que
estamos trabajando con todas las partes que puedan haber estado involucradas en este incidente. La confidencialidad
no nos permite compartir las acciones tomadas con otras personas. Esta carta refleja las acciones que fueron
tomadas con su hijo(a):
•
Asesoré a su hijo(a) sobre los hechos alegados de que se comportó inapropiadamente e hice hincapié de la
gravedad de sus acciones.
•
Le informé a su hijo(a) que debe dejar de comportarse en esa manera inapropiada inmediatamente.
•
Le advertí a su hijo(a) que no toleraremos ningún tipo de conducta de carácter vengativo en contra de cualquier
persona vinculada con la denuncia.
•
Los suspendí del aula o de la escuela como consecuencia de su(s) acción(es).
•
Los invité a ustedes, los padres de familia, a una reunión para conversar sobre el incidente sobre el cual se me
ha informado.
•
Formulé un plan de seguridad individual.
•
Le advertí a su hijo(a) que continuaremos supervisando su comportamiento en la escuela.
La política del Distrito prohíbe cualquier acto de represalias en contra de personas involucradas en la investigación.
Si otros incidentes ocurriesen, favor de notificar a la administración de la escuela lo más pronto posible. Si no se
siente satisfecho con las medidas tomadas por la escuela, tiene el derecho de presentar una denuncia con el
Coordinador de Operaciones, la persona designada del Título IX, en el Centro de Servicios Educativos al (insert ESC
office address). El número de teléfono del Centro de Servicios Educativos es _________. Dicha denuncia deberá
presentarse por escrito dentro de un plazo máximo de seis meses a partir de la fecha en la que ocurrió el incidente
sobre el cual se nos informó.
Si desea conversar conmigo sobre este asunto por favor sienta la libertad de llamarme al _____________.
Atentamente,
_______________________________________________
Director/a
c: ____________________, Superintendente, Centro de Servicios Educativos ____
_____________________, Administrador de Operaciones, Centro de Servicios Educativos ___
_____________________, Coordinador de Operaciones, Centro de Servicios Educativos ___
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STUDENT TARGET OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Sample Follow-Up Letter to Parents
Corrective Actions Taken to Address Complaint
ENGLISH
PUT ON SCHOOL LETTERHEAD
[Insert Date here]
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Names
[Insert Address]
RE:
Student’s Name, Grade, Date of Birth
Dear Parent/Guardian,
It is our goal at ______________________School to provide a safe school environment for
every student. In keeping with this goal, I wish to keep you informed of actions taken in regard
to a situation brought to the school’s attention where your child was subjected to conduct that
could be considered a violation of the District’s sexual harassment policy.
I have addressed the situation that was reported in the manner indicated below, and I hope that
no other similar problems will occur in the future. Actions taken include the following:
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Contacted you, the parents, in order to discuss the reported incident.
Counseled the accused person and stressed the seriousness and consequences of his/her
actions.
Directed the accused person to immediately stop the inappropriate conduct.
Advised the accused person that any retaliatory behavior against any person connected with
the complaint will not be tolerated.
Held an administrative conference with the parents of the accused person.
Alerted relevant school staff of the reported incident and actions taken.
Arranged with the classroom teacher to have the students separated in the classroom setting.
Completed an individual student safety plan with your child.
Assigned school staff to continue to monitor the situation.
District policy prohibits acts of retaliation against persons involved in complaint investigations.
If other incidents occur, please advise the school administration promptly. If you are dissatisfied
with the actions taken, you may file a complaint with the Educational Service Center Operations
Coordinator/Title IX Designee at the Educational Service Center ___ Office at (insert
Educational Service Center address). The Educational Service Center ___ telephone number is
__________________. Any such written complaint must be filed within six months of the
reported situation.
Please feel free to call me at (
) _________________ if you would like to discuss this matter.
Sincerely,
______________________________________
Principal
c: _________________________, Superintendent, Educational Service Center ___
_________________________, Administrator of Operations, Educational Service Center ___
_________________________, Operations Coordinator, Educational Service Center ___
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Sample Follow-Up Letter to Parents
Corrective Actions Taken to Address Complaint
SPANISH
PUT ON SCHOOL LETTERHEAD
[Insert Fecha]
Parent/Guardian Name
[Insert Address]
RE:
Student’s name, grade, Date of Birth (DOB)
Estimado(s) Sr./Sra. _____________,
Es nuestra meta en la escuela_______________________ ofrecerle a cada estudiante un ambiente académico
seguro. Para cumplir con dicha meta deseo mantenerlo informado sobre las medidas que se tomaron con respecto
a una situación que se le hizo notar al personal de la escuela, en la cual su hijo/a fue sujeto a cierta conducta o
comportamiento que podría ser considerada como una violación de las normas del Distrito que rigen al acoso
sexual.
Me he encargado de la situación sobre la cual se me informó en la manera descrita a continuación y espero que
este tipo de problema no vuelva a ocurrir en el futuro. Las siguientes son algunas de las medidas que he tomado:
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Me contacté con usted(es), los padres de familia, para conversar sobre el incidente con respecto al cual se me
informó.
Me he reunido con la persona acusada y lo he aconsejado con respecto a la gravedad de sus acciones y de las
consecuencias que podría enfrentar.
Le informé a la persona acusada que deberá dejar de comportarse en esa manera inapropiada inmediatamente.
Le advertí a la persona acusada que no se tolerará ninguna conducta de carácter vengativo en contra de la
persona vinculada con la denuncia.
He tenido una reunión administrativa con los padres de familia de la persona acusada.
He conversado sobre el incidente con el personal escolar apropiado y sobre las medidas que se han tomado.
He hecho los arreglos necesarios con el maestro del aula para mantener separados a estos estudiantes cuando
se encuentren en el aula.
Asigné a miembros del personal de la escuela para que continúen supervisando la situación.
La política del Distrito prohíbe cualquier acto de represalias en contra de personas involucradas en la
investigación del denunciante. Si otros incidentes ocurriesen, favor de notificar a la administración de la escuela
lo más pronto posible. Si no se siente satisfecho con las medidas tomadas por la escuela, tiene el derecho de
presentar una denuncia con el Coordinador de Operaciones, la persona designada del Título IX, en el Centro de
Servicios Educativos al (insert ESC office address). El número de teléfono del Centro de Servicios Educativos es
________. Dicha denuncia deberá presentarse por escrito dentro de un plazo máximo de seis meses a partir de la
fecha en la que ocurrió el incidente sobre el cual se nos informó.
Si desea conversar conmigo sobre este asunto por favor sienta la libertad de llamarme al _____________.
Atentamente,
_______________________________________________
Director/a
c: _________________________, Superintendente, Centro de Servicios Educativos____
_________________________, Administrador de Operaciones, Centro de Servicios Educativos ___
_________________________, Coordinador de Operaciones, Centro de Servicios Educativos ___
BUL-3349.1
Office of General Counsel
August 6, 2014
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