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Sexual Harassment Policy & Non-Discrimination Statement

Employees or students of Hamilton Southeastern Schools will not engage in any activity to harass an employee or student through conduct or communications of a sexual nature. The use of the term "employee" also includes non-employees and volunteers who are subject to the control of school authorities.

Hamilton Southeastern School Corporation does not discriminate on the basis of a protected class including but not limited to race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability in the programs or activities which it operates or the employment therein or admission thereto. The School strictly adheres to all non-discrimination and anti-harassment laws and does not tolerate acts of harassment.
 
A link to the district’s full non-discrimination & anti-harassment procedure can be found: https://www.hseschools.org/HSE/media/HSE-District-Documents/hr/56L3021-Nondiscrimination_and_Antiharassment_Procedure_12-20-2018.pdf
 

Types of Sexual Harassment


Sexual harassment shall consist of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other inappropriate verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when made by any employee to a student, when made by any employee to another employee, when made by any student to an employee or when made by any student to another student* when:

  1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or education.

  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that individual.

  3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment or educational environment.

  4. Denial of an employment or educational opportunity occurs directly because an employee or student refuses to submit to unwelcome requests for sexual favors made by a supervisor or teacher.

  5. Such conduct is engaged in by volunteers and/or non-employees over which the school corporation has some degree of control of their behavior while on school property.

*In the case of student-to-student concerns, initial concerns and complaints will be dealt with at the building level and treated as disciplinary problems until it is determined that there is a pattern of harassment that is sexual in nature.
 

Unwelcome Conduct of a Sexual Nature


Conduct of a sexual nature may include verbal or physical advances and/or comments regarding physical or personality characteristics of a sexual nature. Verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when the allegedly harassed employee or student has indicated, by his or her conduct or verbal objection, that it is unwelcome. An employee or student who has initially welcomed such conduct by active participation must give specific notice to the alleged harasser that such conduct is no longer welcome in order for any such subsequent conduct to be deemed unwelcome.
 

Examples of Sexual Harassment


Sexual harassment, may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Verbal harassment or abuse.

  2. Repeated remarks to a person with sexual or demeaning implications.

  3. Unwelcome touching.

  4. Pressure for sexual activity.

  5. Suggesting or demanding sexual involvement accompanied by implied or explicit threats concerning one's grades, job, promotion, and/or salary increase.

 

Sanctions for Misconduct


A substantiated charge against an employee in the school corporation may subject such employee to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, reassignment, suspension, or discharge. A substantiated charge against a student in the school corporation will subject that student to disciplinary action including, suspension and/or expulsion consistent with the Student Conduct Code.
 

Reporting


Any person who alleges sexual harassment by any employee or student in the school corporation will use the complaint procedure as outlined in policy J8.11.1.
 

False Reporting


Any person who knowingly files false charges against an employee or a student in an attempt to demean, harass, abuse or embarrass that individual, will be subject to disciplinary action consistent with school policy and the Student Conduct Code.

Legal Reference: 42 U.S.C. 2000

Hamilton Southeastern Schools

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  • 13485 Cumberland Road, Fishers, IN 46038
  • Office Hours: M - F 7:30am - 4:30pm 
  • (317) 594-4100  (800) 905-6665
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Our Mission

Hamilton Southeastern Schools, as a forward-thinking school district, provides educational opportunities to ensure the success of each and every student, to become a responsible citizen and to positively influence an ever-changing world community.