Seymour Community School Corporation is committed to providing a working and learning environment that is free of discrimination and harrassment of any nature. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces, among other statutes, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX states that: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Title IX also addresses sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender-based discrimination. Title IX requires schools to take prompt action upon receiving notice of a sexual assault or sexual harassment. A school based investigation is required, independent of law enforcement investigations. Title IX states that schools should establish standard procedures for handling complaints of sex-based discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence.
In compliance with Title IX sexual harassment regulations, Seymour Community Schools have the responisbiliy to:
1.Respond promptly and supportively to persons alleged to have been victimized by sexual harassment. 2. Resolve allegations of sexual harassment promptly and accurately under a predictable, fair grievance process that provides due process protections to the alleged victim and alleged perpetrators of sexual harassment. 3. Effectively implement remedies for victims.
The Board is committed to promptly and equitably resolving student and employee complaints alleging Sexual Harassment. The Corporation's response to allegations of Sexual Harassment will treat Complainants and Respondents equitably, including providing supportive measures to the Complainant and Respondent, as appropriate, and following this Grievance Process before the imposition of any disciplinary sanctions or other actions, other than supportive measures, against the Respondent. The Title IX Coordinator(s), along with any investigator(s), decision-maker(s), or any person(s) designated to facilitate an informal resolution process, shall not have a conflict of interest or bias for or against complainants or respondents generally or an individual complainant or respondent. If a determination of responsibility for Sexual Harassment is made against the Respondent, the Board will provide remedies to the Complainant. The remedies will be designed to restore or preserve equal access to the Corporation's education program or activity. Potential remedies include, but are not limited to, individualized services that constitute supportive measures. Remedies also may be disciplinary or punitive in nature and may burden the Respondent. The Process described herein relates exclusively to complaints brought under this Policy. The Corporation will continue to handle complaints subject to the Corporation's other nondiscrimination and anti-harassment policies, including Policy 5517 - Anti-Harassment; Policy 5517.01 - Bullying; Policy 2260 - Nondiscrimination and Access to Equal Educational Opportunity; Policy 2260.01 - Section 504/ADA Prohibition Against Discrimination Based on Disability; 1422/3122/4122 - Nondiscrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity; and 1662/3362/4362 - Anti-Harassment.