Non-Discrimination/Sexual Harassment


San Diego Unified is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs and activities will be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying by reason of the following actual or perceived characteristics: age, ancestry, color, mental or physical disability, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, immigration status, marital or parental status, medical condition, nationality, national origin, actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, race, religion or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Students who violate this policy may be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion, in accordance with district policy, administrative procedure and state law. This policy will apply to all acts related to school activity or to school attendance occurring within a school under the jurisdiction of the superintendent of the school district. Employees who violate this policy will be subject to discipline up to and including dismissal. Any disciplinary action shall be in accordance with applicable federal, state, and/or collective bargaining agreements.

BP/AR 5145.7

San Diego Unified is committed to making schools free from sexual harassment and discrimination. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination under Title IX of the Education Amendments of the Civil Rights Act of 1972 and is prohibited by both federal and state laws. The district prohibits sexual harassment of students by other students, employees, or other persons, at school or at school-sponsored or school-related activities. Sexual harassment is defined in California Ed Code as unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; or verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, made by someone from or in the educational setting. Federal law defines sexual harassment to include
(1) a district employee conditioning the provision of a district aid, benefit, or service on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct;
(2) unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the district’s education program or activity; or
(3) sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking.

Any prohibited conduct that occurs off campus or outside of school-related or school-sponsored programs or activities will be regarded as sexual harassment in violation of district policy if it has a continuing effect on or creates a hostile school environment for the complainant or victim of the conduct.

Title IX Coordinator

The district designates the following individual as the responsible employee to coordinate its efforts to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and California Education Code, as well as to investigate and resolve sexual harassment complaints under the Uniform Complaint Procedures:

Lynn Ryan, Title IX Coordinator & Uniform Complaint Compliance Officer
San Diego Unified School District
4100 Normal St., Room 2129
San Diego, CA 92103

[email protected] (619) 725-7225

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