Sexual Harassment and Grievance Procedure

  • Sexual harassment of students is prohibited. An employee or District agent, or student engages in sexual harassment whenever he or she makes sexual advances, requests sexual favors, or engages in other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual or sex-based nature, imposed on the basis of sex, that: 

    1. Denies or limits the provision of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or that makes such conduct a condition of a student’s academic status; or 
    2. Has the purpose or effect of: 

    a. Substantially interfering with a student’s educational environment;
    b. Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment;
    c. Depriving a student of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or
    d. Making submission to or rejection of such unwelcome conduct the basis for academic decisions affecting a student.

    The terms intimidating, hostile, and offensive include conduct which has the effect of humiliation, embarrassment, or discomfort. Examples of sexual harassment include touching, crude jokes or pictures, discussions of sexual experiences, teasing related to sexual characteristics, and spreading rumors related to a person’s alleged sexual activities. The term sexual violence includes a number of different acts. Examples of sexual violence include, but are not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion.

    Making a Complaint

    Students are encouraged to report claims or incidences of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, or any other prohibited conduct to the building principal, assistant principal, complaint managers, or non-discrimination coordinator. A student may choose to report to a person of the student’s same gender. Complaints will be kept confidential to the extent possible given the need to investigate. Students who make good faith complaints will not be disciplined. An allegation that a student was a victim of any prohibited conduct perpetrated by another student shall be referred to the building principal or assistant principal for appropriate action. Any student of the District who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in sexual harassment of another student will be subject to disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, suspension and/or expulsion. Any person making a knowingly false accusation regarding sexual harassment will likewise be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge with regard to employees, or suspension and/or expulsion with regard to students.

    Nondiscrimination Coordinator/Title IX Coordinators:

    • Claire Kowalczyk, Ed.D., Deputy Superintendent, kowalczc@ccsd15.net, 847-963-3202, 580 N 1st Bank Drive, Palatine IL 60067
    • Thomas Edgar, Ph.D., Assistant Superintendent for District Improvement & Data, edgart@ccsd15.net, 847-963-3106, 580 N 1st Bank Drive, Palatine IL 60067