Sexual Harassment Policy
The Whittier Union High School District 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 conduct, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct or communications 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 a 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 decision affecting the individual.
- The unwelcome conduct, determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it 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 OR sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking.
- 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 Coordinator 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 has 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 Whittier Union High 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 a school site administrator, or the Title IX Complaint Coordinator 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 inquiries about District policies and procedures related to sexual harassment of or by students, including how to file a formal sexual harassment complaint contact:
Lilia Bozigian, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services and Title IX Coordinator
For inquiries, or complaints related to employee-to-employee, student-to-employee, or work/employment
related discrimination, or harassment, contact:
Ann Fitzgerald, Assistant Superintendent, Personnel Services
Whittier Union High School District
9401 S. Painter Avenue
Whittier, Ca 90605July 2020