Affected by Sexual Harassment or Sexual Assault?
What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual Harassment is unwelcome behavior or communication that is sexual in nature when:
- a student or employee is led to believe that he or she must submit to unwelcome sexual conduct or communications in order to gain something in return, such as a grade, a promotion, a place on a sports team, or any educational or employment decision, or
- the conduct substantially interferes with a student’s educational performance, or creates an intimidating or hostile educational or employment environment.
Examples of Sexual Harassment:
- Pressuring a person for sexual favors
- Unwelcome touching of a sexual nature
- Writing graffiti of a sexual nature
- Distributing sexually explicit texts, emails, or pictures
- Making sexual jokes, rumors, or suggestive remarks
What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is any unwanted, non-consensual sexual contact against any individual,
- by force (against a person’s will or
- when a person cannot give consent (under the age of consent, intoxicated, developmentally disabled, mentally/physically unable to consent, etc.)
Examples of Sexual Assault:
- Acts of physical violence including rape, sexual battery, and sexual coercion
How do I report Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault?
You can report Sexual Harassment to any school staff member, or to any of the following designated officials:
- School Compliance Official: your school Principal
- District Protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities Coordinator: 206-252-0367 or Title.IX@seattleschools.org
- State OSPI Equity and Civil Rights Office: 360-725-6162 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights: 206-607-1600, OCR.Seattle@ed.gov
For a copy of the district’s Sexual Harassment policy and procedure, contact your school or district office:
206-252-0000 or read the policy on our Title IX Policy page
You have rights! For a statement describing the rights and responsibilities of victims of sexual harassment or sexual assault or those who are the subject of complaints, contact your school office or go to the District’s Title IX webpage.
Seattle Public Schools may not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran or military status, or the use of a service animal by a person with a disability, and must provide equal access to all designated youth groups.
For questions or complaints, please contact your school principal, or the Seattle Public Schools Protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities Office at 206-252-0027 or Title.IX@seattleschools.org.