Section 7:20

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November 2021

Students

Harassment of Students Prohibited

Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment Prohibited

No person, including a District employee or agent, or student, shall harass, intimidate, or bully a student on the basis of actual or perceived: race; color; national origin; military status; unfavorable discharge status from military service; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity; gender-related identity or expression; ancestry; age; religion; physical or mental disability; order of protection status; status of being homeless; actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy; association with a person or group with one or more of the aforementioned actual or perceived characteristics; or any other distinguishing characteristic. The District will not tolerate harassing, intimidating conduct, or bullying whether verbal, physical, sexual, or visual, that affects the tangible benefits of education, that unreasonably interferes with a student’s educational performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. Examples of prohibited conduct include name-calling, using derogatory slurs, stalking, sexual violence, causing psychological harm, threatening or causing physical harm, threatened or actual destruction of property, or wearing or possessing items depicting or implying hatred or prejudice of one of the characteristics stated above.

Sexual Harassment Prohibited

The District shall provide an educational environment free of verbal, physical, or other conduct or communications constituting harassment on the basis of sex as defined and otherwise prohibited by State and federal law. See policies 2:265, Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure, and 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure.

Making a Complaint; Enforcement

Students are encouraged to report claims or incidences of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, or any other prohibited conduct to the Nondiscrimination Coordinator, Building Principal, Assistant Building Principal, Dean of Students, or a Complaint Manager, or any staff member with whom the student is comfortable speaking. A student may choose to report to a person of the student’s same gender.

An allegation that a student was a victim of any prohibited conduct perpetrated by school personnel, including a school vendor or volunteer, shall be processed and reviewed according to policy 5:90, Abused and Neglected Child Reporting, in addition to any response required by this policy.

The Superintendent shall insert into this policy the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the District’s current Nondiscrimination Coordinator and Complaint Managers. The Nondiscrimination Coordinator also serves as the District’s Title IX Coordinator.

Nondiscrimination Coordinator:
Rob McElligott, Ed.D.
Director of Human Resources and Student Services
1250 Sanders Road
Northbrook IL 60062
847-498-2610 x5116
 
Complaint Managers:
Cari Beake
Principal, Wood Oaks Junior High
1250 Sanders Road
Northbrook IL 60062
847-272-1900 x5530
 
Paul Suminski
Assistant Principal, Wood Oaks Junior High
1250 Sanders Road
Northbrook IL 60062
847-272-1900 x5533
 
John Panozzo, Ed.D
Principal, Shabonee School
1000 Pfingsten Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
847-498-4970 x4487
 
Maureen Deely, Ed.D
Principal, Hickory Point School
500 Laburnum Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062
847-498-3930 x3302
 
Lauren Weingarten
Assistant Principal, Hickory Point and Shabonee Schools
847-498-4970 x 4490
 

The Superintendent shall use reasonable measures to inform staff members and students of this policy, such as, by including the following:

  1. For students, age-appropriate information about the contents of this policy in the District’s student handbook(s), on the District’s website, and, if applicable, in any other areas where policies, rules, and standards of conduct are otherwise posted in each school.
  2. For staff members, this policy in the appropriate employee handbook(s), if applicable, and/or in any other areas where policies, rules, and standards of conduct are otherwise made available to staff.

Investigation Process

Any District employee who receives a report or complaint of harassment must promptly forward the report or complaint to the Nondiscrimination Coordinator or a Complaint Manager. A supervisor or administrator who fails to promptly comply may be disciplined, up to and including discharge.

Reports and complaints of harassment will be confidential to the greatest extent practicable, subject to the District’s duty to investigate and maintain an educational environment that is productive, respectful, and free of unlawful discrimination, including harassment.

For any report or complaint alleging sexual harassment that, if true, would implicate Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq.), the Nondiscrimination Coordinator or designee shall consider whether action under policy 2:265, Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure, should be initiated.

For any other alleged student harassment that does not require action under policy 2:265, Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure, the Nondiscrimination Coordinator or a Complaint Manager or designee shall consider whether an investigation under policies 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure, and/or 7:190, Student Behavior, should be initiated, regardless of whether a written report or complaint is filed.

Alleged Incidents of Sexual Abuse

An alleged incident of sexual abuse is an incident of sexual abuse of a child, as defined in 720 ILCS 5/11-9.1A(b), that is alleged to have been perpetrated by school personnel, including a school vendor or volunteer, that occurred: on school grounds during a school activity; or outside of school grounds or not during a school activity.

Any complaint alleging an incident of sexual abuse shall be processed and reviewed according to policy 5:90, Abused and Neglected Child Reporting. In addition to reporting the suspected abuse, the complaint shall also be processed under policy 2:265, Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure, or policy 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure.

Enforcement

Any District employee who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in conduct prohibited by this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge. Any third party who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in conduct prohibited by this policy will be addressed in accordance with the authority of the Board in the context of the relationship of the third party to the District, e.g., vendor, parent, invitee, etc. Any District student who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in conduct prohibited by this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to, suspension and expulsion consistent with the behavior policy. Any person making a knowingly false accusation regarding prohibited conduct will likewise be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge, with regard to employees, or suspension and expulsion, with regard to students.

Retaliation Prohibited

Retaliation against any person for bringing complaints or providing information about harassment is prohibited (see policies 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure, and 2:265, Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure).

Students should report allegations of retaliation to the Building Principal, an administrator, the Nondiscrimination Coordinator, and/or a Complaint Manager.

LEGAL REFERENCE
  • 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972.
  • 34 C.F.R. Part 106.
  • 105 ILCS 5/10-20.12, 5/10-22.5, 5/10-23.13, 5/27-1, and 5/27-23.7.
  • 775 ILCS 5/1-101 et seq., Illinois Human Rights Act.
  • 23 Illinois Admin. Code §1.240 and Part 200.
  • Davis v. Monroe County Bd. of Educ., 526 U.S. 629 (1999).
  • Franklin v. Gwinnett Co. Public Schools., 503 U.S. 60 (1992).
  • Gebser v. Lago Vista Independent Sch. Dist., 524 U.S. 274 (1998).
  • West v. Derby Unified Sch. Dist. No. 260, 206 F.3d 1358 (10th Cir. 2000).
CROSS REFERENCE
  • Section 2:260 (Uniform Grievance Procedure)
  • Section 2:265 (Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure)
  • Section 4:165 (Awareness and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Grooming Behaviors)
  • Section 5:20 (Workplace Harassment Prohibited)
  • Section 5:90 (Abused and Neglected Child Reporting)
  • Section 7:10 (Equal Educational Opportunities)
  • Section 7:180 (Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment)
  • Section 7:185 (Teen Dating Violence Prohibited)
  • Section 7:190 (Student Behavior)
  • Section 7:240 (Conduct Code for Participants in Extracurricular Activities)
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