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402.13 Harassment

Harassment of Staff, Volunteers, Parents and Business Associates

It is the policy of the Ankeny Community School District to maintain an academic and work environment free from harassment and sexual harassment. It is a violation of this policy for any staff member, volunteer, and/or individual doing business with the district to harass any staff member, volunteer, parent and/or individual doing business with the district on the basis of the individual’s actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, age, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, marital status, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, military affiliation, socioeconomic status or familial status or sexual orientation when at work, on or in school property or vehicles, at school sponsored functions, or when acting on behalf of the District at any time or place. Harassment, which occurs at other times but which directly, affects the good order, efficient management, or welfare of the school’s employees, volunteers, parents, or business associates is also prohibited.

A person who violates this harassment prohibition shall be subject to discipline including, but not limited to reprimand, probation, demotion, suspension, termination of employment, elimination of volunteer status, termination of business relationship, and/or other sanction determined appropriate by the supervisor, administration, or Board of Directors.

Definitions

For the purposes of this policy, the following definitions apply:

  • “Harassment” means any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or conduct toward an individual based on any trait(s) or characteristic(s) of the individual as described above and
    • submission to such conduct is either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a person’s employment, volunteer participation, parental participation and/or business relationship with the district and/or its activities; and/or
    • submission to or rejection of such conduct by an employee, volunteer, parent, and/or business associate is used as the basis for decisions effecting the employee, volunteer, parent or business associate; and/or,
    • such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an employee’s, volunteer’s, parent’s or business associate’s performance, or of creating an intimidating or hostile work or participation environment; and/or
    • if based on a characteristic or trait covered by Title IX, meets the definition of harassment as outlined by Title IX
  • Volunteer” means a person performing a service for the benefit of and at the request of the district without financial compensation.
  • “Parental involvement” means the permitted participation of a student’s parent, step- parent, guardian, and/or primary care giver in the educational activities of the student.
  • “Business associate” means a person who has a business relationship with the district as a vendor of goods or services, and/or who is lawfully seeking to enter into such a relationship with the district.

Employees, volunteers, parents and/or business associates who believe they have suffered harassment shall immediately report the incident or incidents to the relevant building principal. If the building principal is the alleged wrongdoer and/or it is reasonably believed to be unable to objectively investigate the alleged harassment, the Complainant may report the concern to the Chief Officer of Legal Affairs and Strategic Initiatives who will assign an appropriate investigator to the matter. . If the alleged harassment is based on sex, as prohibited by Title IX, the Complainant may also file a complaint with the district’s Title IX Coordinator.

Harassment or Bullying of Students by Staff, Volunteers, or Business Associates

Harassment or bullying of students, as defined above and in Board Policy 104.00, while on district property, in a district-owned or district-operated vehicle, while attending or participating in  any district-sponsored or district-sanctioned function or activity, regardless of the activity’s location, and/or while away from school grounds if the conduct materially interferes with the orderly operation of the educational environment or is likely to do so by school employees, volunteers, and/or business associates with significant contact with students, is prohibited.

Employees, volunteers and business associates shall not engage in reprisal, retaliation, or false accusation against a victim, a witness, or an individual who has reliable information about an act of harassment or bullying.

Complaints of harassment or bullying may be filed as explained in Policy 104.00 Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment. The District will promptly investigate complaints of harassment or bullying. The Chief Officer of Legal Affairs and Strategic Initiatives is responsible for assigning an investigator to investigate complaints. When investigating complaints, the totality of the circumstances will be considered in determining whether the conduct objectively constitutes harassment or bullying as defined in this policy.

An employee, volunteer, or a student’s parent or guardian who promptly, reasonably, and in good faith reports an incident of harassment or bullying in compliance with the procedures in this policy to the Chief Officer of Legal Affairs and Strategic Initiatives is immune from state civil or criminal liability relating to such report. Employees, volunteers or business associates who knowingly file false complaints may be subject to discipline up to and including termination, or other sanctions determined to be appropriate by the District.

An employee who physically or sexually abuses a student is subject to discipline or discharge as provided in Policy 504.41 Abuse of Students by District Employees.

This policy will be distributed to employees upon its adoption and will be posted on the District’ss website. It is the responsibility of the Superintendent/designee to establish procedures regarding this policy.

Cross Reference:
104.00 Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Policy
401.01 Equal Employment Opportunity
504.41 Abuse of Students by District Employees
504.45 Inappropriate Student Interaction

Adopted:
February 3, 1986

Reviewed:
March 31, 2003
March 21, 2011
February 15, 2016
September 16, 2021

Revised:
March 31, 2003
August 20, 2007
March 21, 2011
February 15, 2016
October 19, 2021