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Discrimination, Harassment and Bulllying Policies

Discrimination

The San Diego Unified School District policy is to afford all persons in public schools equal rights and opportunities in education, regardless of their race, religion, creed, color, marital status, parental status, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, mental or physical disability, any actual or perceived personal characteristic or status, or any other unlawful consideration (collectively as “Protections”).

The district prohibits harassment and discrimination, which create a hostile environment and jeopardize equal educational opportunities guaranteed by the California and United States Constitutions. The district shall undertake activities to counter harassment and discrimination on school grounds with the intent to promote tolerance and sensitivity.

Students and district employees who violate the policy against harassment and discrimination shall be disciplined appropriately. This includes suspension or possible expulsion for students in grades 4-12. Employees who violate the policy will be disciplined according to personnel procedures and state law.

Harassment

In accordance to Education Code Section 32261, the San Diego Unified School District is committed to making schools free from any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and prohibits such actions by any person in the educational setting.

Harassment, including bullying, is defined as any verbal or nonverbal conduct that has the purpose or effect of a negative impact on the student’s academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment.

Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; and verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the educational setting. The district prohibits sexual harassment in which a student’s grades, benefits, services, honors, programs or activities are dependent on submission to such conduct.

The district believes that harassment issues may be resolved at the school site. Students should report any sexual harassment to any school official, such as the school principal, vice principal, counselor or teacher. The responsible school official will conduct a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into the complaint, and acknowledge receipt of the complaint within 10 working days. The responsible school official will provide a written decision within 60 working days of the filing of the complaint, as stated in the Uniform Complaint Procedure (see below). Students may also contact the Title IX Coordinator: 

Michelle Crisci
San Diego Unified School District
4100 Normal St., Room 2129
San Diego 92103
(619) 725-7225

Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation Prohibition Policy

In accordance with District Policy A-3550, bullying (including cyber‐bullying), harassment, or intimidation in any form are prohibited at school or school‐related events (including off‐campus events, school‐sponsored activities, school busses, any event related to school business) or outside of school hours with the intention to be carried out during any of the above.

Such acts include those that are reasonably considered as being motivated either by an actual or perceived attribute that includes but is not limited to race, religion, creed, color, marital status, parental status, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, mental or physical disability or any other distinguishing characteristic.

The district further prohibits the inciting, aiding, coercing or directing of others to commit acts of bullying or cyber‐bullying, harassment or intimidation.

Any staff member who observes, overhears or otherwise witnesses such actions or to whom such actions have been reported must take prompt and appropriate action to stop the behavior and to prevent its reoccurrence as detailed in the applicable Administrative Procedure.

Students who observe, overhear or otherwise witness such actions must, and parents/guardians and district visitors are encouraged to report the behaviors to a staff member.

At school, the principal or designee is responsible for receiving and promptly investigating complaints alleging violations of this policy. Any form of retaliation in response to a report of such acts is prohibited. 


Student-to-Student Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation

New Administrative Procedure 6381 outlines procedures governing implementation of District Policy A-3550 that prohibits: bullying (including cyber-bullying), harassment or intimidation; the inciting, aiding, coercing or direction of others to commit acts of bullying or cyber-bullying, harassment or intimidation; the responsibility to intervene in and/or report incidents of bullying, harassment or intimidation; and/or any forms of retaliation in response to a report of the above actions. District Policy A-3550 and Administrative Procedure 6381 are posting online at www.sandi.net/page/2441.

Notice of Student Nondiscrimination

San Diego Unified is committed to making schools free from unlawful discrimination, which is defined as any preferential or disparate treatment based on the protections listed above.

The district prohibits discriminatory practices whose purpose or effect has a negative impact on the student’s academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment. The district promotes programs that ensure that discriminatory practices are eliminated in all district activities.

Any student or parent/guardian who believes that discrimination has occurred should immediately contact a teacher or the principal for resolution at the site.

If not resolved, students may also contact the Title IX Coordinator:

Michelle Crisci
San Diego Unified School District 
4100 Normal St., Room 2129
San Diego 92103 
(619) 725-7225 

To file a complaint, parents or students must obtain a copy of the Uniform Complaint Formpdf from the district Legal Services Office.

The responsible school official shall provide a written decision within 60 working days of the filing of the complaint.

Notice of Uniform Complaint Procedures

A complaint alleging a violation of any district policy or procedure may be filed by a student or parent with the Legal Services Office. Use the “Uniform Complaint Form” in Administrative Procedure 1700, posted on www.sandi.net.

San Diego Unified is responsible for compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. Individuals or organizations may file a complaint with the Legal Services if they believe a federal or state law or regulation has been violated in the following programs:

1. Adult Basic Education

2. Child Nutrition

3. Child Care and Development Programs

4. Consolidated Categorical Aid Programs

5. Migrant Education

6. Special Education

7. Vocational Education

8. School Safety Planning Requirements. Complaints may also be filed alleging

a. unlawful discrimination in programs receiving state financial assistance

b. insufficiency of instructional materials

c. facility conditions that pose an emergency or urgent threat to the health or safety of students or staff

d. violations of the Clean Restroom Act

e. teacher vacancies and misassignments

f. the California High School Exit Exam intensive instruction and services. The complaint will be investigated in accordance with the requirements of Administrative Procedure 1700.

Complaints should be filed with the Legal Services Office, 4100 Normal St., Room 2148, San Diego, 92103.

An investigation or mediation will be concluded within 60 calendar days of receipt of the complaint by the Legal Services Office or the individual coordinator of the program. Complaints alleging unlawful discrimination must be initiated no later than six months from the date the alleged discrimination occurred or the date the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged discrimination. The complainant has a right to appeal the decision to the California Department of Education within 15 days of receiving the written decision from the Legal Services Office.

A complainant may pursue available civil law remedies outside of the uniform complaint procedures. Complainants may seek assistance from mediation centers or public/private interest attorneys. Civil law remedies that may be imposed by a court include, but are not limited to, injunctions and restraining orders.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

San Diego Unified is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs and activities shall be free from discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color and mental or physical disability or any other unlawful consideration. The district shall promote programs that ensure that discriminatory practices are eliminated in all district activities and will take steps to assure that the lack of English will not be a barrier to admission and participation in district programs.

Any student who engages in discrimination of another student or anyone from the district may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Any employee who permits or engages in discrimination may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

Any student or parent/guardian who feels that discrimination has occurred should immediately contact a teacher or the principal for resolution at the site. If the issue cannot be resolved, the student or parent should contact the Title IX Coordinator:

Michelle Crisci
San Diego Unified School District 
4100 Normal St., Room 2129
San Diego 92103 
(619) 725-7225 

Student Sexual Harassment Policy

San Diego Unified is committed to making the schools free from sexual harassment. This means that the district prohibits harassment made by someone from or in the educational setting. Sexual harassment can be such actions 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.

The district prohibits conduct that has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact on the student’s academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.

The district further prohibits sexual harassment in which a student’s grades, benefits, services, honors, program or activities are dependent on submission to such conduct.

Students should report any sexual harassment to their school principal, vice principal, counselor, or teacher. Students who violate this policy shall be disciplined appropriately. This includes suspension or possible expulsion. Employees who violate this policy shall be disciplined according to personnel procedures (Administrative Procedure 7110).

The district believes that it can resolve issues of harassment and discrimination at the school site.

If not, students or parents/guardian may contact the Title IX Coordinator:

Michelle Crisci
San Diego Unified School District 
4100 Normal St., Room 2129
San Diego 92103 
(619) 725-7225 

To File a Discrimination or Sexual Harassment Complaint

« Filing a complaint: A student or parent/guardian may file a complaint by obtaining a copy of the Uniform Complaint Form and Administrative Procedure 0112 from the school or the district’s Legal Services. Remedies available outside of the district are listed in this procedure. The complaint should be filed with the principal at the complaining student’s school.

« Investigation. San Diego Unified will immediately undertake an effective, thorough, and objective investigation of the harassment allegations and provide a written report within sixty (60) days of when the complaint is filed.

« Action. If the district determines that its policies prohibiting sexual harassment or discrimination have been violated, disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion will be taken.

The person filing the complaint may also pursue action in civil court. Complaints will be kept confidential.

The district prohibits retaliation against any participant in the complaint process. Each complaint shall be investigated promptly and in a way that respects the privacy of all parties concerned.

A student who has a complaint of discrimination or sexual harassment should contact a teacher or principal for resolution at the school site. If the complaint cannot be resolved, the student should contact:

Michelle Crisci
San Diego Unified School District
4100 Normal St., Room 2129
San Diego 92103
(619) 725-7225