ERIC Number: ED411597
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Student-to-Student Sexual Harassment in Schools: Old Myths, New Realities.
Taylor, Kelley R.
A Legal Memorandum, Sep 1997
For many students in the 1990s, school is no longer a safe environment in which they feel free to learn. This brief is intended to dispel myths about peer sexual harassment and clarify the new realities of the phenomenon in schools. The brief also conveys the message that school administrators have a duty to foster a school environment based on mutual respect and to adopt a "no tolerance" policy toward harassment, sexual or otherwise. The brief outlines steps for recognizing peer sexual harassment (by deconstructing nine myths and explaining conditions under which schools will be held liable); preventing peer sexual harassment (by developing a comprehensive school policy); and enforcing the rules (by setting out the components of a model policy--investigation, documentation, and followup). (Contains 58 endnotes.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Civil Rights Legislation, Compliance (Legal), Court Litigation, Discipline Policy, Educational Environment, School Policy, Secondary Education, Sexual Harassment, Student Behavior
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1537 ($2, members; $3, nonmembers; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.