Department of Defense Education Activity

Harassment / Sexual Harassment Policy

Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature from students or adults (of the same gender or not) that is sufficiently serious that it prevents or limits one’s ability to learn, study, work, or participate in or benefit from DoDEA school programs and activities, both on and off school premises, such as interfering with a student’s schoolwork, making a student feel uncomfortable or unsafe at school, or substantially interfering with one’s physical or psychological well-being. Sexual harassment is, but is not limited to: verbally offensive comments; language; jokes; whistles; terms (sweet thing, babe, etc.); leering; gestures; sexually oriented posters, notes, or pictures; pornography of any kind; physical touching, patting, rubbing, cornering, or bumping.

Student Procedures:

1. Report incident to teacher, counselor, or other staff member.

2. Student will fill out an Incident Report, which will be forwarded to the Administration.

 

ADULT-TO-STUDENT SEXUAL ABUSE, SEXUAL HARRASSMENT, AND OTHER INAPPOPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR OR CONDUCT:

All DoDEA employees and volunteers hold positions of trust and are responsible for establishing and maintaining professional distance with students. Adult-to-student sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or other inappropriate behavior or conduct demonstrate a lack of professional integrity and a breach of authoritative power of adults who are in positions of trust, and such are unacceptable and shall not be tolerated in DoDEA. Incidents of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or other inappropriate behavior or conduct shall be reported promptly in accordance with DoDEA requirements.

SEXUAL HARRASSMENT:

DoDEA remains firmly committed to providing all students with a safe, supportive, and non-discriminatory learning environment. Every child is entitled to feel safe in school and while participating in school-related activities. DoDEA has a responsibility to address all complaints of sexual harassment, which includes addressing its effects and taking steps to prevent further/future behavior. Sexual harassment by or against students will not be tolerated in DoDEA schools.

Such misconduct can consist of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other inappropriate verbal, written, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Examples of behavior that may constitute sexual harassment include:

• Commenting or teasing someone about their sexuality, body parts, or sexual development.

• Texting, IM’ing, e-mailing, or otherwise sharing sexually graphic material, both written and visual.

• Pulling down someone’s pants or shorts, flipping skirts, pulling at or lifting up shirts, snapping bras, kicking in the groin.

• Unwelcome physical contact of a sexual nature from an unwanted pat, hug, or kiss, to groping or grabbing of another person’s private body parts and, in extreme cases, sexual assault or rape.

You are encouraged to visit the DoDEA Sexual Harassment and Awareness Prevention webpage at: www.dodea.edu/sexualharassment to learn more about sexual harassment, what to do if you feel you have been sexually harassed, and to obtain point-of-contact information for regional Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity (DMEO) Complaints Managers. Unresolved matters concerning sexual harassment, or any other inappropriate sexual behavior, may be reported through the chain of command. The DoDEA chain of command is located at: https://www.dodea.edu/aboutDoDEA/command.cfm .