Hamden Public Schools District Policies

5145.5- Sexual Harassment (Forms)

COMPLAINT FORM REGARDING SEXUAL HARASSMENT UNDER TITLE IX (PERSONNEL)

This complaint form should be used for complaints of sexual harassment as defined on page 1 of the Board’s Administrative Regulations regarding the Prohibition of Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (Personnel)

 

Name of the complainant     ________________________________________________

 

Date of the complaint ______________________________________________________

 

Date of the alleged sexual harassment       ____________________________________

 

Name or names of the sexual harasser(s)    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Location where such sexual harassment occurred   ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Name(s) of any witness(es) to the sexual harassment ______________________________                                                                                                

 

Detailed statement of the circumstances constituting the alleged sexual harassment

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Remedy requested_________________________________________________________

 

Signature of Complainant or Title IX Coordinator: ______________________________

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COMPLAINT FORM REGARDING SEX DISCRIMINATION (OTHER THAN SEXUAL HARASSMENT UNDER TITLE IX) (PERSONNEL)

This complaint form should be used for complaints of sex discrimination as defined on page 1 of the Board’s Administrative Regulations regarding the Prohibition of Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (Personnel)

 

 

Name of the complainant     ________________________________________________

 

Date of the complaint ______________________________________________________

 

Date of the alleged sex discrimination         ____________________________________

 

Name or names of the sex discriminator(s)  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Location where such sex discrimination occurred    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Name(s) of any witness(es) to the sex discrimination                                                                                                                                     

 

Detailed statement of the circumstances constituting the alleged sex discrimination       

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Remedy requested_________________________________________________________

Signature: _____________________________________________

 

11/23/2020


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NOTICE OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS UNDER TITLE IX

In accordance with the Board’s Policy and Administrative Regulations regarding the Prohibition of Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (Personnel), a formal complaint of sexual harassment has been filed with the Title IX Coordinator.

 

Identities of the parties involved, if known:

___________________________________________________________(Complainant(s))

___________________________________________________________ (Respondent(s))

 

The conduct allegedly constituting sexual harassment: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

The date and the location of the alleged incident, if known: _________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

The Title IX Coordinator or designee will contact the parties regarding the next step in the grievance process. Questions can be directed to the Title IX Coordinator: Gary Highsmith

 

The respondent is presumed not responsible for the alleged conduct. A determination regarding responsibility is made at the conclusion of the grievance process.

 

All parties involved may have an advisor of their choice who may be, but it not required to be, an attorney.  This advisor may inspect and review evidence as permitted by the Board’s Administrative Regulations regarding the Prohibition of Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (Personnel).

 

Any employee who knowingly makes false statements or knowing submits false information during this grievance process is subject to discipline, up to and including termination. Additionally, it is a violation of the Board’s Student Discipline Policy to lie to school officials or otherwise engage in dishonest behavior, which includes knowingly making false statements or knowingly submitting false information during the grievance process.  Any student who knowingly makes false statements or knowingly submits false information during this grievance process will be subject to sanctions pursuant to the Board’s Student Discipline Policy.

 

A copy of the Board’s Policy and Administrative Regulations regarding the Prohibition of Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (Personnel) is included with this notice.

11/23/2020


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NOTICE OF INFORMAL RESOLUTION PROCESS FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINTS UNDER TITLE IX

In accordance with the Board’s Policy and Administrative Regulations regarding the Prohibition of Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (Personnel), a formal complaint of sexual harassment has been filed with the Title IX Coordinator.  The Board has an informal resolution process to promptly and equitably resolve such complaints using mediation. This informal resolution process will only be utilized if both the Complainant and Respondent agree to do so.

 

The conduct allegedly constituting sexual harassment: ____________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

If both parties agree to the informal resolution process, it shall preclude the parties from resuming a formal complaint arising out of the same allegations.  However, either party may withdraw from the informal resolution process at any time before agreeing to a resolution and resume the grievance process for formal complaints of sexual harassment. 

 

If both parties agree to a resolution, that resolution is binding upon both parties and cannot be changed or appealed.

 

The District will maintain for a period of seven (7) years records of the informal resolution process and results therefrom.

 

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

I voluntarily consent to the informal resolution process:

 

_______________________________        _______

Complainant                                         Date

 

 

_______________________________        _______

Respondent                                          Date

11/23/2020

 


 

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[To be posted in a conspicuous place readily available for viewing by employees and emailed to employees within three months of hire with the subject line “Sexual Harassment Policy” or words of similar import]

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT IS ILLEGAL

AND IS PROHIBITED

BY

THE CONNECTICUT DISCRIMINATION EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES ACT

(Section 46a-60(a)(8) of the Connecticut General Statutes)

AND

TITLE VII OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964

(42 United States Code Section 2000e et seq.)

 

Sexual harassment means any unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors or any conduct of a sexual nature when:

 

1.       submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment;

 

2.       submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual; or

 

3.       such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.

 

 

Examples of Sexual Harassment Include:

Unwelcome sexual advances

Suggestive or lewd remarks

Unwanted hugs, touches, kisses

Requests for sexual favors

RETALIATION FOR COMPLAINING ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Derogatory or pornographic posters, cartoons, or drawings.

 

Remedies for Sexual Harassment May Include:

Cease and desist orders

Back pay

Compensatory damages

Punitive damages

Hiring, promotion, or reinstatement

 

 

Retaliation against any employee for complaining about sexual harassment is prohibited under this policy and illegal.

 

Violation of this policy is grounds for discipline, including discharge. 

 

Individuals who engage in acts of sexual harassment may also be subject to civil and criminal penalties.

 

An infraction of this policy by supervisors or co-workers should be reported immediately to Gary Highsmith, assistant superintendent for human resources and administration [or Superintendent Gary Highsmith  if the Title IX Coordinator is the Subject of the complaint].  Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible.

Any employee who believes that he or she has been harassed or discriminated against in the workplace in violation of this policy may also contact:

 

The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities

West Central Regional Office 

Rowland Government Center

waterbury, CT 06702-2004

203.805.6579

 

and/ or:

          The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

          Boston Area Office

          John F. Kennedy Federal Building

          475 Government Center

          Boston, MA  02203

          Phone (800) 669-4000

Connecticut law requires that a formal written complaint be filed with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities within three hundred (300) days of the date when the alleged harassment/ discrimination occurred.

 

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