Prohibited sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, unwanted requests for sexual favors, or other unwanted verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made against another person of the same or opposite sex in the work or educational setting when: (Education Code 212.5; 5 CCR 4916)
The Board of Education prohibits sexual harassment of district employees and jobapplicants. The Board also prohibits retaliatory behavior or action against district employees or other persons who complain, testify or otherwise participate in the complaint process established pursuant to this policy and administrative regulation.
(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)
The district designates the individual identified below as the employee responsible for coordinating the district's efforts to comply with state and federal civil rights laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the RehabilitationAct of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and to answer inquiries regarding the district's nondiscrimination policies.
A Message from Superintendent Dr. Glenn "Max" McGee
The Palo Alto Unified School District is committed to providing a safe, supportive, and inclusive learning environment for all students, including transgender students, and to ensuring that every student has equal educational opportunities and equal access to the District’s educational programs and activities. California and federal law (Cal. Ed. Code § 220 and Title IX, 20 U.S.C. § 1681) requires schools to treat transgender students equally and fairly.
Consistent with the procedures below, the Superintendent or designee shall determine upon receipt whether a complaint is considered a complaint against the district or an individual employee and whether it should be processed according to this or another complaint procedure. Any complaint involving sexual harassment, sexual violence, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, or bullying shall be addressed through the Uniform Complaint Procedure or other appropriate Board Policy or Administrative Regulation as delineated in Appendix A of this policy.
PAUSD signs resolution agreement with Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR), a testament to the school district's commitment to strengthen policies, procedures, professional training, and responsiveness.
The Governing Board of the Palo Alto Unified School District (District) is committed to creating a safe learning and educational environment for all students. The Governing Board recognizes the harmful effects of discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, (such as sexual harassment, sexual violence or harassment based on a protected characteristic), intimidation, bullying and retaliation against students when committed by other students, employees and/or third parties1.