Discrimination & Harassment - Philosophy& Goals (BP 0201)
It is the policy of Fremont Unified School District to provide a school and work environment, which is free from discrimination and harassment.
District programs and activities shall be free from discrimination, hazing including harassment, with respect to the actual or perceived ethnic group, religion, gender, color, race, sex, ancestry, national origin, and physical or mental disability, age or sexual orientation.
The Governing Board shall ensure equal opportunities for all students in admission and access to the educational program, guidance and counseling programs, athletic programs, testing procedures, and other activities. Eligibility for choral and cheerleading groups shall be determined solely on the basis of objective competencies. School staff and volunteers shall carefully guard against segregation, bias and stereotyping in instruction, guidance and supervision.
The schools shall provide male and female students with separate shower rooms and sex education classes in order to protect student modesty. In physical education, if objective standards have an adverse effect on students because of their gender, race, sex, ethnic group or disability, other standards shall be used to measure achievement and create comparable educational opportunities.
The Board prohibits intimidation, hazing or harassment of any student by any employee, student or other person in the district. Staff shall be alert and immediately responsive to student conduct which may interfere with another studentâs ability to participate in or benefit from school services, activities or privileges.
Students who harass other students shall be subject to appropriate discipline, up to and including counseling, suspension and/or expulsion. An employee who permits or engages in harassment may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.
The Board prohibits retaliation in any form for the participation in complaint procedures, including but not limited to the filing of a complaint or the reporting of instances of discrimination. Such participation shall not in any way affect the status, grades or work assignments of the complainant.
The Board hereby designates the following position as Coordinator for Nondiscrimination:
Douglas M. Gephart - Associate Superintendent Human Resources
Any student who feels that he/she is being harassed should immediately contact either the nondiscrimination coordinator or the principal or designee. If a situation involving harassment is not promptly remedied by the nondiscrimination coordinator, principal or designee, a complaint may be filed with the Superintendent or designee who shall determine which complaint procedure is appropriate.
The Board acknowledges and respects student and employee rights to privacy. Discrimination complaints shall be investigated in a manner that protects the confidentiality of the parties and the facts. This includes keeping the identity of the complainant confidential except to the extent necessary to carry out the investigation or proceedings, as determined by the Superintendent or designee on a case-by-case basis.
Related Board Policies: Please read the Board Policies and Administrative Regulations below for a more complete understanding of the topic.
0201 Students: Nondiscrimination/Harassment
200-262.4 Prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex, especially:
CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS
Chapter 5.3 Nondiscrimination and Educational Equity for Section 4900
1714.1 Liability of parents/guardians for willful misconduct of minor
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5 CHAPTER 5.3
4621 District policies and procedures
422.6 Interference with constitutional right or privilege
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 42
2000d-2000e-17 Title VI & VII Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended
CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 34
100.3a Prohibition of discrimination on basis of race, color and national origin
OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS
Notice of Non-Discrimination, January, 1999