GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

It is the policy of this District to maintain a learning environment that is free from harassment because of an individual’s gender, race, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, color, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability or handicap in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992. The District prohibits any and all forms of harassment because of race, color, gender, national origin, and disability. The District also prohibits any forms of physical violence or corporal punishment as defined in State law and Board policy.

This policy should not be read to abrogate other District policies prohibiting other forms of unlawful discrimination, inappropriate behavior, and/or hate crimes within this District. It is the intent of the District that all such policies be read consistently to provide the highest level of protection from unlawful discrimination in the provision of educational services and opportunities.

It shall be a violation of District policy for any student, teacher, administrator, or other school personnel of this District to harass a student through conduct of a sexual nature, or regarding gender, race, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, color, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability or handicap in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992 as defined by this policy.

It shall also be a violation of District policy for any teacher, administrator or other school personnel of this District to tolerate sexual harassment or harassment because of a student’s gender, race, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, color, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability or handicap in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992 as defined by this policy; by a student, teacher, administrator, other school personnel, or by any third parties who are participating in, observing, or otherwise engaged in activities, including sporting events and other extra curricular activities, under the auspices of the School District.

For purposes of this policy, the term “school personnel” includes school board members, school employees, agents, volunteers, contractors, or persons subject to the supervision and control of the District.

The District will act to promptly investigate all complaints, either formal or informal, verbal or written, of harassment because of gender, race, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, color, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability or handicap in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992 to promptly take appropriate action to protect individuals from further harassment; and, if it determines that unlawful harassment occurred, to promptly and appropriately discipline any student, teacher, administrator or other school personnel who is found to have violated this policy, and/or to take other appropriate action reasonably calculated to end the harassment.

The Board has designated the District Administrator as the District Human Rights Officer with responsibility to identify, prevent, and remedy harassment.

A summary of this policy shall appear in the student and teacher handbook and the policy in its entirety shall be made available upon request of parents, students, and other interested parties.


Legal Ref: Wisconsin Statutes

Section 118.13, PI 903

First Reading: August 4, 2009
Second Reading: August 18, 2009
Approved: August 18, 2009

For the Board of Education: Tom Steiner, President; Lynn Jaeger, Vice President; Cole Marshall, Clerk; Bill Barhyte, Treasurer; Sue Giovanni, Member