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Considerations for School District Sexual Misconduct Policies
Sep 19th, 2016 by

Considerations for School District Sexual Misconduct Policies highlights issues for K-12 districts to consider when bringing together a multi-disciplinary team to develop sexual misconduct policies as part of their overall response to sexual misconduct. By using this document as a guide, it will enable K-12 teams to include all the essential components of a comprehensive sexual misconduct plan. The document covers reporting options, support services for victims, definitions, confidentiality, the grievance process, and other critical areas. It also provides links to Federal government resources for those wanting further detail on a particular topic.

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Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School
Jun 21st, 2013 by

Why teachers should embrace learning differences in boys
Upon reviewing some paperwork from the previous school year, New Hampshire middle-school teacher Jessica Lahey said she noticed she disciplined male students much more often than female students. She writes in this commentary that the traditional classroom model may not work for boys, who are statistically more likely than girls to be suspended, disciplined and diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. She writes that researchers have found boys tend to thrive in a classroom environment where they can develop an end-product and participate in structured, competitive games.

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Play By The Rules – Great Free Curriculum
Jun 10th, 2013 by

Play by the Rules is a promising award winning program developed by the Alabama Center for Law & Civic Education to teach law to youth to develop their sense of civic responsibility and provide them with the tools they need to prevent crime, save lives and build safer communities.

The Play by the Rules program is proudly brought to you by the Alabama Center for Law & Civic Education. This website is funded by the Young Lawyers Section of the Alabama State Bar.

See the Connecticut site.

Free copies are available to schools. The book covers many areas often faced by Title IX Coordinators, such as:

  • What is Harassment?
  • What is Bullying and is it a Crime?
  • What are My Rights as a Student?

The curriculum is being used by School Resource Officers.

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Another Title IX Retaliation Lawsuit Emerges
Jun 7th, 2013 by

Source: College Sports Business News

Floodgates of litigation opening

Texas A&M’s former head diving coach, Kevin Wright, has filed a Title IX retaliation lawsuit. He was fired in September from his position as head coach. The lawsuit alleges that he was terminated in retaliation for reporting concerns about gender discrimination in athletics.  Wright has filed suit under a Texas whistleblower protection statute that protects state employees.

The floodgates of litigation seem to have opened regarding a new wave of Title IX complaints and administrators across the nation need to take notice. Multiple cases from California have been resolved recently. The prevalence of these cases has been significantly influenced by the Supreme Court’s decision in 2005 in Jackson v. Birmingham Board of Education. In that case, the Court ruled that individuals who complain about sex discrimination and are later subjected to some form of retaliatory action have a private right of action for retaliation under Title IX. Jackson involved a former girl’s high school coach who had allegedly been dismissed because of his gender equity advocacy for the girls’ teams.

The Jackson decision was a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court because the prohibition against retaliation was not explicitly set forth in Title IX.

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Sample Grievance, Complaint, Investigation forms
Jan 22nd, 2013 by

Sample Grievance, Complaint, Investigation forms can be found at:

http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2681&q=322602

 

Many thanks to Tim  Connor, Assistant Superintendent of Hampden-Wilbraham RSD and Randy Ross of the New England Equity Assistance Center for providing these forms.

 

Here is a note from Randy:

“Most of these materials are from Hampden-Wilbraham RSD.  These files are from their Investigative Manual and I have a few more if they would be helpful. Their terrific Title IX person is Tim Connor, Asst Superintendent. His email is tconnor@hwrsd.org. He would certainly respond graciously to any queries from CT districts.

On our website I have some other forms, policies, etc. These are from about 2 years ago. The link is http://neeac.alliance.brown.edu/ourwork_safety_materials.php.  As I mentioned before, generally, when OCR is not involved, I recommend a policy that is inclusive of all forms of harassment and, when possible, also covers bullying. OCR of course can only require a policy based on the particular type of harassment complaint. For sexual harassment, they see the Grievance Procedure as inclusive of the policy.”

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