The Berkeley Unified School District is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment that is free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment of, or by employees, students, third parties or persons doing business that takes place or is affiliated with the District, is a form of sex discrimination in that it constitutes differential treatment on the basis of actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. As such, any act of sexual harassment is a violation of state and federal laws, as well as District policy and is prohibited.
The District considers sexual harassment to be a serious offense which can result in disciplinary action to the offending student, including the suspension or expulsion of the offending student in Grades 4-12. Suspension or expulsion as a disciplinary consequence for sexual harassment shall not apply to students enrolled in Kindergarten and Grades 1-3. Under California law, other disciplinary actions or interventions may be taken as appropriate.
Any employee found to have engaged in sexual harassment or sexual violence toward any student shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, in accordance with law and the applicable collective bargaining agreement.
Students or employees of the District who believe that they have been a target of sexual harassment as defined under state or federal law, may bring the problem to the attention of the Principal, the site Civil Rights Manager, the District’s Title IX Coordinator or any elementary or secondary school employee. The grievance procedure and options available will be explained and the grievance procedure may be initiated. All complaints will be promptly investigated in a way that respects the privacy of all parties concerned to the extent provided for under law. The District will take appropriate actions reasonably calculated to eliminate the harassment, prevents its recurrence, and remedy its effects. The District prohibits retaliatory behavior against anyone who files a sexual harassment complaint or who participates in the complaint investigation process.
Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy
Sexual Harassment Guidance & Support
Uniform Complaint Procedures Form (PDF)
Uniform Complaint Procedures Form (Word Document)
Sexual Harassment Administrative Regulation 5145.7
Sexual Harassment Board Policy 5145.7
Maintaining Appropriate Adult-Student Interactions Board Policy 4319.24
BUSD Law and Policy Guidance & Support
For inquiries or complaints related to discrimination, harassment, bullying or intimidation of students, based on actual or perceived protected characteristics, contact your Principal, Civil Rights Manager, or:
District Title IX Coordinator/Compliance Officer
Berkeley Unified School District
2020 Bonar Street, Room 117, Berkeley CA 94702
Phone: (510) 486-9338 | Email: email@example.com