Social / Emotional and Mental Wellness: Sexual Harassment of Students
It is the policy of the Board that sexual harassment of a student by other students or employees is unlawful behavior and will not be permitted in the school setting. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly as a term condition of the student's academic progress or completion of a school-related activity; or
- submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis in evaluation the student's performance in a course of study or other school-related activity; or
- such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the student's educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.
A student who feels that he or she has been sexually harassed should report the incident to the school principal and the designated reporting officer.* The student may request that the school principal appoint a designee of the same sex to hear his/her complaint. The complaint should be made within ten (10) calendar days following the incident or the latest occurrence in the series of such incidents. The complaint may be made to the principal in person or may be made in writing, signed by the complainant, and then delivered to the reporting officer by the principal. If such report is first made verbally, then it will be the responsibility of the principal or reporting officer to reduce the same to writing and to have the complainant sign the written complaint (Policy: 3.43).
*The Tuscaloosa County School System's Sexual Harassment Officer may be contacted at (205) 342-2754.