Equal Educational Opportunity and Sexual Harassment
The Edmonds School District is committed to maintaining a working and learning environment free of discrimination and harassment. District educational programs, activities, curriculum and services are monitored to insure that 1) they guarantee the rights of all students to partake fully in the educational process, and 2) they do not reinforce stereotypes, or permit or encourage discriminatory behavior. If any student, parent or community member experiences or witnesses discrimination or harassment, they are encouraged to report it immediately to any school administrator with whom they feel comfortable. Reports of such incidents may also be reported to the district Equity Officer, Debby Carter, 425 431-7012. All such complaints will be promptly investigated and, where appropriate, immediate corrective action will be taken. To the highest degree possible, allowing for a fair investigation, all such complaints will be treated in a confidential manner. The District prohibits retaliation against any employee, volunteer, parent, or student because he or she has made a report of alleged sexual harassment, or against any employee, volunteer, parent, or student, who has testified, assisted or participated in the investigation of a report. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal, or adverse pressure. Retaliation is itself a violation of law and will lead to disciplinary action against the offender. Persons who knowingly report false allegations of sexual harassment or corroborate false allegations of sexual harassment will be subject to appropriate discipline or other sanctions. Any District staff member (regardless of area of responsibility) who knows or has reason to believe that sexual harassment is or may be occurring must take immediate steps to see that the matter is addressed or reported. Such action must be taken whether or not the student(s), volunteer, or parent has reported the incident.
Sexual harassment is legally defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature in which:
An "intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment" means an environment in which:
Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, the following behaviors:
For more information, see Edmonds district policy #8206.
Last Modified on May 11, 2011