ERIC Number: ED351606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Sexual Harassment Protocol.
Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund, Hartford.
This document spells out policy regarding sexual harassment in the Connecticut vocational-technical school system that was developed by the Connecticut State Department of Education, the Connecticut Division of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, and the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund, Inc. The introduction calls sexual harassment a serious abuse of power expressed through sexual behavior and points out that to be considered sexual harassment, behavior must be both unwelcome and based on sex. The addresses of the Connecticut State Department of Education and the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education are listed as places to which readers can inquire about discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, age, physical disability, mental disorder, or national origin or ancestry. Next, sexual harassment is defined as "a form of illegal sex discrimination that refers to a wide range of inappropriate behaviors and/or unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, which has the net effect of denying the victim of the harassment the opportunity to work and/or study in a nonthreatening, stress-free environment." Examples of verbal, nonverbal, and physical sexual harassment are provided. The next section spells out procedures for dealing with suspected sexual harassment. The last section explains informal and formal grievance procedures. Appendix A suggests the following to prevent sexual harassment: (1) provide staff training about sexual harassment for all teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, and maintenance staff; (2) be sure there are properly trained Title IX Coordinators in every school; (3) post the policy, including a clear and simple definition of sexual harassment, throughout the school building; (4) raise the issue of sexual harassment with students and let them know it will not be tolerated; (5) create a simple complaint process; (6) distribute the complaint procedure; and (7) stop sexual harassment when it happens, using fair and appropriate procedures. (CML)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Middletown. Div. of Vocational, Technical and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund, Hartford.