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Policy: 1B.4 FREEDOM FROM SEXUAL HARASSMENT It is the policy of the Falls Church City Public Schools to maintain a working and learning environment that is free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is deemed unacceptable conduct in the employment and educational environment and will not be tolerated. It shall be a violation of this policy for any student, employee or agent of the Falls Church City Public Schools to harass another student, employee or agent of the school division through conduct or communication of a sexual nature as defined below. It is no defense to a claim of sexual harassment that the alleged harasser did not intend to harass. Sexual harassment in the school environment violates Title VII and Title IX and thus violates the right of employees and students to work or learn in an environment free from all forms of discrimination. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome advances, request for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: a. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term of condition of the individual's employment or right to an education or academic advancement; b. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual, an individual's employment or academic standing or is in violation of a student's rights, or; c. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's performance or academic performance creating an intimidating, unsafe, hostile or offensive working, learning or social environment. Behaviors that Constitute Sexual Harassment

Adopted: 11/5/96 Revised: 10/11/00 ________________________________________________ Falls Church City Public Schools

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Policy: 1B.4

Sexually harassing behaviors may include but are not limited to the following actions: • • • • • unwanted verbal harassment or abuse of a sexual or gender-related nature; pressure for sexual activity; repeated remarks to a person with sexually demeaning implications; unwelcomed touching; suggesting or demanding sexual involvement accompanied by implied or explicit threats concerning one's employment, grades, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the school; verbal or physical harassment to which a person deems it necessary to succumb in order to maintain personal safety; display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures that are sexually suggestive or offensive. and Situations that can Constitute Sexual

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Relationships Harassment

Sexual harassment in a school setting can include relationships between staff and students as outlined below: Staff to Student Harassment 1. For the purpose of this policy, staff to student "sexual harassment" is defined as any welcomed or unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and/or other verbal, visual, written or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

Adopted: 11/5/96 Revised: 10/11/00 ________________________________________________ Falls Church City Public Schools

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Policy: 1B.4

2. To prevent harassment from occurring and because it is the policy of the Falls Church City Public Schools to foster healthy teacher-student relationships, amorous relationships between a school district employee or agent and a student are prohibited. 3. A substantiated charge against an employee or agent of the school division shall subject such employee or agent to disciplinary actions which may include but are not limited to verbal warnings, letters of reprimand, transfers, suspension with or without pay, and dismissal. Student to Student Harassment, Staff to Staff Harassment and Student to Staff Harassment 1. For the purposes of this policy, student to student, staff to staff and student to staff "sexual harassment" is defined as any unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and/or other inappropriate verbal, visual, written or physical conduct of a sexual nature, whenever such harassment occurs on school property or at a school-sponsored event. 2. A substantiated charge against a student shall subject that student to disciplinary actions including verbal warnings, reprimand, counseling, suspension or expulsion, consistent with the Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy 9.34. 3. A substantiated charge against an employee or agent of the Falls Church City Public Schools shall subject such employee or agent to disciplinary action which may include but not limited to verbal warnings, letters of reprimand, transfers, suspension with or without pay, and dismissal. Procedures for Reporting a Complaint Procedures for reporting and/or filing complaints are cited in the

Adopted: 11/5/96 Revised: 10/11/00 ________________________________________________ Falls Church City Public Schools

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Policy: 1B.4 accompanying regulation. Retaliation Prohibited 1. The school division will discipline any individual who retaliates against any person who reports alleged sexual harassment or who retaliates against any person who assists in an investigation or proceeding relating to a sexual harassment complaint. 2. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation or reprisal. Legal Authority Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Civil Rights Act of 1991.

Adopted: 11/5/96 Revised: 10/11/00 ________________________________________________ Falls Church City Public Schools

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