7:20 - Harassment of Students

Policy 7:20

Students

Harassment of Students Prohibited

Students are entitled to be educated in an environment that is respectful of their backgrounds, characteristics, and differences. The District prohibits any conduct that harasses, intimidates, or bullies a students, on the basis of actual or perceived protected classifications as identified in Board Policy 7:10, Equal Educational Opportunities, or as may otherwise violate a student’s civil rights, including race, color, nationality, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, age, religion, physical or mental disability, order of protection status, status of being homeless, actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy, or association with a person or group with one or more of the aforementioned actual or perceived characteristics. The District will not tolerate harassing, intimidating conduct, or bullying whether verbal, physical, sexual, electronic, or visual, that affects the tangible benefits of education, that unreasonably interferes with a student’s educational performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. Examples of prohibited conduct include name-calling, using derogatory slurs, stalking, causing psychological harm, threatening or causing physical harm, threatened or actual destruction of property, or wearing or possessing items depicting or implying hatred or prejudice of one of the protected characteristics in Board Policy 7:10.

Sexual Harassment Prohibited

Sexual harassment of students is prohibited. Any person including a District employee or agent, or student engages in sexual harassment whenever he or she makes sexual advances, requests sexual favors, and/or engages in other verbal or physical conduct, including sexual violence of a sexual or sex-based nature, imposed on the basis of sex, that:

  1. Denies or limits the provision of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or that makes such conduct a condition of a student academic status; or
  2. Has the purpose or effect of:
    1. substantially interfering with a student’s educational environment;
    2. creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment,
    3. depriving a student of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or
    4. making submission to or rejection of such conduct the basis for academic decisions affecting a student.

The terms “intimidating,” “hostile,” and “offensive” include conduct that has the effect of humiliation, embarrassment, or discomfort. Examples of sexual harassment include touching, crude jokes or pictures, discussions of sexual experiences, teasing related to sexual characteristics, and spreading rumors related to a person’s alleged sexual activities. The term sexual violence includes a number of acts, including sexual assault, rape, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion.

Making a Complaint; Enforcement

Students are encouraged to report claims or incidences of harassing conduct based upon a protected classification or other civil right, including sexual harassment, to the Nondiscrimination Coordinator, Building Principal, Assistant Building Principal, Complaint Manager, or any other District employee. For personal comfort, a student may choose to report to a person of the student’s same sex. Any claim or allegation reported to any District employee that a student was a victim of any prohibited conduct perpetrated by another student shall be referred to the Building Principal for appropriate action.

Complaints will be kept confidential to the extent possible given the need to investigate. Students who make good faith complaints will not be disciplined. A student or his/her parents or guardians may request a complaint of harassment under this policy be investigated under Board Policy 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure.

Nondiscrimination Coordinator/Complaint Manager:

Name: Heather Glowacki
Address: 615 Locust Road; Wilmette, IL 60091
Email: glowackh@wilmette39.org
Telephone No.: 847 / 512-6003

Complaint Managers:

Name: Denise Thrasher
Address: 615 Locust Road; Wilmette, IL 60091
Email: thrashed@wilmette39.org
Telephone No.: 847 / 512-6004

Name: Tony Demonte
Address: 615 Locust Road; Wilmette, IL 60091
Email: demontet@wilmette39.org
Telephone No.: 847 / 512-6007

The Superintendent shall use reasonable measures to inform staff members and students that the District will not tolerate sexual harassment, such as by including this policy in the appropriate handbooks.

Any District employee who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in conduct prohibited by this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge. Any student of the District who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in conduct prohibited by this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to, suspension and expulsion consistent with the Board Policy 7:190, Student Discipline. Any person making a knowingly false accusation regarding prohibited conduct will likewise be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge, with regard to employees, or suspension and expulsion, with regard to students.

Adopted: April 6, 1998
Revised: January 19, 1999; January 23, 2012; September 26, 2016

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