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Sexual Harassment & Discriminatory Bullying

Sexual Harassment & Discriminatory Bullying

The Turlock Unified School District is committed to provide an educational environment free of unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature including sexual advances, requests for sexual favor, and other verbal or physical conduct or communications constituting sexual harassment, as defined and otherwise prohibited by state and federal law.

For Sexual Harassment or Discriminatory Bullying-Use the Uniform Complaint Process Form

SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY

The Turlock Unified School District (TUSD) is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from sexual harassment.  The District prohibits sexual harassment of or by employees, students, or persons doing business with or for the District on the basis of actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or gender expression.   Failure to follow this policy is a violation of state and federal law.

Sexual harassment is defined by California Education Code § 212.5 as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the work or educational setting, under any of the following conditions.

  • Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of an individual’s employment, academic status, or progress.
  • Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis of employment or academic decisions affecting the individual.
  • The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact upon the individual’s work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.
  • Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis for any decision affecting the individual regarding benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the educational institution.

Upon witnessing an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of a protected category (as enumerated above), school personnel are required to take immediate steps to intervene when it is safe to do so.  Reporting such conduct to an administrator or Title IX/Bullying Complaint Manager can be an appropriate intervention.   Once a school or office has notice of discriminatory, harassing, intimidating or bullying conduct, whether carried out by employees, students, or third parties, it should take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred.  School personnel are to take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the conduct, eliminate a hostile environment, if one had been created, and prevent the conduct from occurring again.  These steps should be taken whether or not an individual makes a complaint or asks the school or office to take action.  This policy applies to all acts related to school activity or school attendance within any school or office under the jurisdiction of the Superintendent of the Turlock Unified School District.

Any student or employee of the District who believes that she or he has been a victim of sexual harassment should bring the problem to the attention of the school site administrator or the school’s Title IX/Bullying Complaint Manager so that appropriate action may be taken to resolve the problem.  The District prohibits retaliatory behavior against anyone who files a sexual harassment complaint or any participant in the complaint investigation process.  Complaints must be promptly investigated in a way that respects the privacy of the parties concerned.

For inquires about District policies and procedures related to sexual harassment

Including how to file a sexual harassment complaint, contact:

Director of Human Resources

(209) 667-0887

For inquiries or complaints related to employee-to-employee, student –to-employee, or

Work/employment related discrimination or harassment, contact:

Director of Student Services

(209) 667-0887

Both Offices are located at:

Turlock Unified School District

1574 East Canal Drive, Room WW6

Turlock, CA  95380

Sexual Harassment Board Policy 5145.7

Sexual Harassment Administrative Regulation 5145.7

Uniform Complaint Procedures Form

Sexual Harassment (Student to Student)

Sexual harass­ment is defined, as follows:

  1. Unwelcome sexual conduct by other students that interferes with a student’s right to get an education or to participate in school activities.
  2. Sexual harassment may be same-sex or opposite sex.
  3. Hostile or demeaning conduct targeting someone’s sex, sexual orientation, real or perceived gender identity, or gender expression.

Some examples of conduct that, if unwelcome, could constitute sexual harassment:

  1. Purposely bumping or hurting someone because of their sex, sexual orientation, perceived gender, gender identity or gender expression.
  2. Pulling up, snapping, pulling down, or grabbing clothing.
  3. Blocking someone’s movement, standing too close, or stalking someone.
  4. Unwanted hugging, kissing, touching, grabbing, or pinching.
  5. Pestering for dates.
  6. Spreading rumors or rating others.
  7. Making sexually suggestive sounds, whistles, or noises.
  8. Using insults, threats, slurs, or sexual jokes that target someone’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
  9. Displaying/Sending pictures, posters, cartoons, drawings, or electronically-generated images/ messages of a sexual nature.
  10. Writing notes, letters, or graffiti that are sexually explicit.
  11. Making obscene gestures or suggestive body movements that are sexual in nature.