It is the policy of the West Hartford Board of Education to maintain a learning environment free from discrimination and harassment where all students are treated in all respects without discrimination or harassment. Sexual harassment is forbidden by federal and state law and will not be tolerated in any form. All employees and students are on notice that any such behavior is inappropriate in the school setting. Individuals have different personal standards and sensitivities in regard to behavior and comments of a sexual nature. Therefore, it is best to avoid any conduct which is sexual in nature.
Sexual harassment shall include, but not be limited to:
unwelcome sexual advances
direct or indirect demands or requests for sexual favors
direct or indirect sexual comments, gestures or other physical conduct of a sexual nature
implied or explicit threats related to sexual harassment
All reported incidents of sexual harassment will be promptly and thoroughly investigated in an appropriately confidential manner.
Each administrator and teacher shall be responsible for promoting understanding and acceptance of, and assuring compliance with, state and federal laws, and board policy and procedures governing sexual harassment within his or her school and department.
Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000-e2(a)
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Policy
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 34 CFR
Section 106 Meritor Sav. Bank, FSB v. Finson, 477 U.S. 57 (1986) Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, 524 U.S. 775 (1998) Burlington Industries, Inc. v. Ellerth, 524 U.S. 742 (1998) Gebser v. Lago Vista Independent School Dist., 524 U.S.
274 (1998) Davis v. Monroe County Bd. Educ., 526 U.S. 629 (1999)
Connecticut General Statutes:
46a-60 Discriminatory employment practices prohibited
Constitution of the State of Connecticut, Article 1, Section 20
Adopted: December 19, 1994
Reviewed: November 18, 2008
The Board of Education is committed to safeguarding the right of all employees within the school district to a work environment that is free from all forms of sexual harassment. Therefore, the Board condemns all unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature which is either designed to extort sexual favors from an employee as a term or condition of employment, or which has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment. The Board also strongly opposes any retaliatory behavior against complainants or any witnesses.
Any employee who believes that he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment should report the alleged misconduct immediately so that the appropriate corrective action may be taken at once. In the absence of a victim’s complaint, the Board, upon learning of, or having reason to suspect, the occurrence of any sexual misconduct, will ensure that an investigation is promptly commenced by appropriate individuals.
The Superintendent of Schools is directed to regularly update specific procedures on reporting, investigating, and remedying allegations of sexual harassment.
A copy of this policy and its accompanying regulation are to be distributed to all supervisory and non-supervisory personnel and posted in appropriate places.
Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII,
42 U.S.C. S2000-e2(a) 42 U.S.C. §2000(e) (Title VII)
29 CFR Para. 1604.11 (EEOC)
Connecticut General Statutes:
46a-60 Discriminatory employment practices prohibited.