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Series 5000 - Students

5145.5 - 1. Elementary and Secondary - D. Welfare - (9) Civil & Legal Rights and Responsibilities - (h) Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (Students)
Posted 12/01/2007 02:00PM


Series 5000 – Students

1. Elementary and Secondary

D. Welfare

(9) Civil & Legal Rights and Responsibilities

(h) Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (Students)

It is the policy of the Suffield Board of Education that any form of sex discrimination or sexual harassment is prohibited, whether by students, district employees, board members, parents, vendors, contracted individuals, volunteers, or the public. The aforementioned parties are expected to adhere to a standard of conduct that is respectful of the rights of students. Those who engage in conduct prohibited by this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action.

The Superintendent or his/her designee shall develop Administrative Regulations implementing this Policy.


Sexual harassment is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, whether verbal or physical, including, but not limited to:

  1. insulting or degrading sexual remarks or conduct;
  2. threats or suggestions that a student's submission to, or rejection of, unwelcome conduct will in any way influence a decision regarding that student;
  3. conduct of a sexual nature which substantially interferes with the student's learning or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment — such as the display in the educational setting of sexually suggestive objects or pictures.


It is the express policy of the Board of Education to encourage victims of sex discrimination or sexual harassment to report such claims. Students are encouraged to promptly report complaints of sex discrimination or sexual harassment to the Title IX Coordinator. The district will investigate such complaints promptly and will take corrective action where appropriate. The district will maintain confidentiality to the extent appropriate. The district will not tolerate any reprisals or retaliation that occur as a result of the good faith reporting of charges of sexual harassment or sex discrimination. Any such reprisals or retaliation will result in disciplinary action against the retaliator.

The school district shall provide staff development for district administrators and annually distribute this Policy and the implementing Administrative Regulations to staff and students in an effort to maintain an environment free of sexual harassment and sex discrimination.

Legal Reference:

United Stated Constitution, Article XIV
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681, et seq.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 34 C.F.R § 106.1, et seq.
Gebser v. Lago Vista Independent School District, 524 U.S. 274 (1998)
Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, 526 U.S. 629 (1999)
Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Revised Sexual Harassment Guidance: Harassment of Students by School Employees, Other Students, or Third Parties, 66 Fed. Reg. 5512 (Jan. 19, 2001).
Constitution of the State of Connecticut, Article I, Section 20

Policy adopted: December 5, 2006 SUFFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Policy revised:

May 16, 2016

Suffield, Connecticut

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