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Sexual Harrassment

Sexual Harassment Policy

Excerpted from the Sexual Harassment Policy, Adopted 10/93


Policy Statement:

It is the policy of San Lorenzo Unified School District to provide an educational environment in which all students are treated with respect and dignity. The District prohibits any form of sexual harassment inflicted by or upon students, whether verbal, physical, or visual. It is a violation of this policy for any student, or for a student to harass an employee of the District, in a sexual manner defined below. Sexual harassment of a student by a District employee is also prohibited by federal and state law. It is never a defense to a claim of sexual harassment that the alleged harasser did not intend to harass.


Definition of Sexual Harassment:

For purposes of this policy, sexual harassment is defined as including but not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, repeated derogatory sexist remarks, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed toward a student under any of the following conditions

  • Submission to or toleration of sexual harassment is an explicit or implicit term or condition of any services, benefits, or programs sponsored by the District;
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for an academic evaluation affecting a student;
  • The conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonable interfering with a student’s academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment.


Examples of Prohibited Sexual Harassment:

Examples of sexual harassment may broadly include, but are not limited to, the following types of conduct:

Verbal: Sexually demeaning comments, sexually explicit statements, questions, slurs, jokes, anecdotes, or epithets.

Written: Suggestive or obscene letters, notes, or invitations.

Physical: Sexual assault, touching, impeding, or blocking movement.

Visual: Leering, gestures, display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures, cartoons, or poster.

Continuing to express sexual interest after being informed that the interest is unwelcome.

Making reprisals or threats of reprisal following a negative response to sexual advances or following a sexual harassment complaint.


A single incident of sufficient severity may constitute sexual harassment. In determining whether a specific act or pattern of behavior violates this policy, the circumstances surrounding the conduct shall be considered together with the above definition of sexual harassment. Such determination shall be made from the perspective of a “reasonable person” of the same sex as the victim.


This policy prohibits sexual harassment whenever it is related to school activity or attendance, and occurs at any time including but not limited to, any of the following:

  • While on school grounds.
  • While going to or coming from school.
  • During the lunch period whether on or off campus
  • During, or while going to or coming from, a school-sponsored activity.

Any student who engages in the sexual harassment of another student is subject to disciplinary action including verbal warnings and reprimands, counseling, suspension, and expulsion.


Grievance Procedure:

The District has adopted administrative procedures for filing sexual harassment complaints. A copy of these procedures may be obtained at the Principal’s office and at the Office of the Superintendent. At an informal level, complaints may be reported to a school counselor, the assistance principal, or the principal. Complaints may be initiated at the formal level, bypassing the informal level altogether. Formal written complaints may be filed at the Office of the Superintendent. Complaint forms are available to students at the principal’s office and at the Office of the Superintendent. Students may be assisted by a parent or guardian at any stage in the complaint procedures.