Employee Relations
Equity and Civil Rights Compliance

Our mission is to ensure complicance with the School Board's policy to maintain an educational and work environment that is free from all forms of unlawful harassment, including sexual harassment. This commitment applies to all District operations, programs, and activities. All students, administrators, teachers, staff, and all other school personnel share responsibility for avoiding, discouraging, and reporting any form of unlawful harassment. This policy applies to unlawful conduct occurring on school property, or at another location if such conduct occurs during an activity sponsored by the Board.
 

What We Do
  • Provide technical assistance to Pasco County Schools personnel focused on compliance with equity related federal and state laws, local statutes and regulations;
  • Investigate complaints and/or charges of discrimination and harassment
  • Respond to charges of discrimination/harassment made against the District by individuals who file with a federal or state enforcement agency such as the Office for Civil Rights and the Equal Opportunity Commission, or Department of Justice
  • Provide training to School Board Employees as required by state and federal law
Applicable Policies and Procedures
Title IX Sexual Harassment Regulation--Sex Discrimination

Sex discrimination is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Title IX reads, “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.”

Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Harassment is when a person continually teases, annoys, threatens or insults another person in either a verbal, physical or written manner. Sexual harassment is when a person bothers another person using sexual words, pictures, gestures, or conduct that the other person would find offensive. Sexual harassment can also occur when a person is forced by his or her location or situation to see or overhear sexual comments, gestures, or conduct that he or she finds offensive. Pasco Board policies inclduing Title IX:

Board Policy 2266

Board Policy 5517

BULLYING:
The incident is bullying if the incident includes systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment; or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s school performance or participation.

HARASSMENT:
Any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, use of data or computer software, or written, verbal, or physical conduct that 1) places a student or school employee in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property, 2) has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits, or 3) has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of a school including any course of conduct directed at a specific person that causes substantial emotional distress in such in such a person and serves no legitimate purpose.

SEXUAL ASSAULT:
An incident that includes a threat of rape, fondling, indecent liberties, child molestation, or sodomy. The threat must include all of the following elements: 1) intent, 2) fear, and 3) capability.

SEXUAL BATTERY:
Forced or attempted oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by using a sexual organ or an object simulating a sexual organ, or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any body part or object.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT:
Unwanted verbal or physical behavior with sexual connotations by an adult or student that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment, cause discomfort or humiliation or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s school performance or participation.

Sex discrimination is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Title IX reads, “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.”

Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Harassment is when a person continually teases, annoys, threatens or insults another person in either a verbal, physical or written manner. Sexual harassment is when a person bothers another person using sexual words, pictures, gestures, or conduct that the other person would find offensive. Sexual harassment can also occur when a person is forced by his or her location or situation to see or overhear sexual comments, gestures, or conduct that he or she finds offensive. Pasco Board policies inclduing Title IX:

Board Policy 2266

Board Policy 5517

BULLYING:
The incident is bullying if the incident includes systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment; or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s school performance or participation.

HARASSMENT:
Any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, use of data or computer software, or written, verbal, or physical conduct that 1) places a student or school employee in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property, 2) has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits, or 3) has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of a school including any course of conduct directed at a specific person that causes substantial emotional distress in such in such a person and serves no legitimate purpose.

SEXUAL ASSAULT:
An incident that includes a threat of rape, fondling, indecent liberties, child molestation, or sodomy. The threat must include all of the following elements: 1) intent, 2) fear, and 3) capability.

SEXUAL BATTERY:
Forced or attempted oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by using a sexual organ or an object simulating a sexual organ, or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any body part or object.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT:
Unwanted verbal or physical behavior with sexual connotations by an adult or student that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment, cause discomfort or humiliation or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s school performance or participation.