Policy - ACAA
EFFECTIVE DATE: 2-4-16
CANCELS SHEET DATED: NEW
REPLACES POLICY ACCA-B
REVIEWED BY POLICT COMMITTEE: 12-16-15
HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS
Harassment of students because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry or national origin, or disability is prohibited. Such conduct is a violation of RSU#74 Board policy and may constitute illegal discrimination under state and federal laws.
Harassment includes but is not limited to verbal abuse threats, physical assault and/or battery based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry or national origin, or disability. Under the Maine Civils Rights Act, violence or threats of violence against a person or their property based on their sexual orientation are also illegal. Harassment that rises to the level of physical assault, battery and/or abuse is also addressed in the Board policy JICIA – Weapons, Violence and School Safety.
Sexual harassment includes but is not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or pressure to engage in sexual activity, physical contact of a sexual nature, gestures, comments, or other physical, written or verbal conduct that is gender-based that interferes with a student’s education. RSU #74 employees, fellow students, volunteers and visitors to RSU#74, and other persons with whom students may interact in order to pursue RSU #74 activities are required to refrain from such conduct.
Harassment/sexual harassment of students by RSU #74 employees is considered grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including discharge. Harassment/sexual harassment of students by other students is considered grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion. The Superintendent will determine appropriate sanctions for harassment of students by persons other than RSU #74 employees and students.
The Superintendent or the employee designated as the Title IX Coordinator /Affirmative Action Officerwill investigate complaints of harassment in accordance with the Student Harassment Complaint Procedure. RSU #74 employees, students, and parents shall be informed of this policy/procedure through handbooks and/or other means selected by the RSU #74 administration.
Legal Reference: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 USC § 1681, et seq.)
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 USC § 2000(d))
5 MRSA §§ 4602; 4681 et seq.
20-A MRSA § 6553
Cross Reference: ACAA-R - Student Discrimination and Harassment Complaint
AC - Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
ACAD - Hazing
JICIA - Weapons, Violence and School Safety