7.20 - Harassment of Students Prohibited

Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment Prohibited.

No person, including a District employee or agent, or student, shall harass, intimidate or bully a student on the basis of actual or perceived race; color; national origin; military status; unfavorable discharge; status from military service; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity; gender-related identity or expression; ancestry; age; religion; physical or mental disability; order of protection status; status of being homeless; actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy; association with a person or group with one or more of the aforementioned actual or perceived characteristics; or any other distinguishing characteristic.   The District will not tolerate harassing, intimidating conduct, or bullying, whether verbal, physical, sexual or visual, that effects the tangible benefits of education, that unreasonably interferes with a student’s educational performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.  Examples of prohibited conduct include name-calling, using derogatory slurs, stalking, sexual violence, causing psychological harm, threatening, or causing physical harm, threatened or actual destruction of property, or wearing or possessing items depicting or implying hatred or prejudice of one of the characteristics stated above.

Sexual Harassment Prohibited

Sexual harassment of students is prohibited.  Any person, including a district employee or agent, or student, engages in sexual harassment whenever he or she makes sexual advances, requests sexual favors and/or engages in other verbal or physical conduct including sexual violence of a sexual or sex-based nature, imposed on the basis of sex, that:

1.    denies or limits the provision of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or that makes such conduct a condition of a student's academic status; or

2.    has the purpose or effect of:

a.    substantially interfering with a student's educational environment;

b.    creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment;

c.     depriving a student of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or

d.    making submission to or rejection of such conduct the basis for academic decisions affecting a student.

The terms "intimidating," "hostile," and "offensive" include conduct that has the effect of humiliation, embarrassment, or discomfort. Examples of sexual harassment include, touching, crude jokes or pictures, discussions of sexual experiences, teasing related to sexual characteristics, and spreading rumors related to a person's alleged sexual activities.  The term sexual violence includes a number of different acts.  Examples of sexual violence include, but are not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion.

Making a Complaint; Enforcement

Students are encouraged to report claims or incidences of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, or any other prohibited conduct to the Nondiscrimination Coordinator, Building Principal, Associate Principal, Dean of Students, or a Complaint Manager.  A student may choose to report to a person of the student's same sex.  Complaints will be kept confidential to the extent possible given the need to investigate. Students who make good faith complaints will not be disciplined.

An allegation that a student was -a victim of any prohibited conduct perpetrated by another student shall be referred to the Building Principal, Associate Principal, or Dean of Students for appropriate action.

The Superintendent shall insert into this policy the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the District's current Nondiscrimination Coordinator and Complaint Managers.   At least one of these individuals will be female, and at least one will be male.

Nondiscrimination Coordinator:


Dr. Julia Wheaton


15100 South 94th Avenue
Orland Park, IL 60462

Telephone #:




Complaint Managers:


Name:                   Dr. Kim Dryier

Address:     15100 South 94th Avenue
                              Orland Park, IL 60462

Telephone #:         708-745-5215




Name:                   John Lavelle

Address:               15100 S.94th Avenue

                              Orland Park, IL      6046

Telephone #:         708-745-5252


The Superintendent shall also use reasonable measures to inform staff members and students of this policy, such as, by including it in the appropriate handbooks. 

Any District employee who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in conduct prohibited by this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge. Any District student who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in conduct prohibited by this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to, suspension and expulsion consistent with the discipline policy.  Any person making a knowingly false accusation regarding prohibited conduct will likewise be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge, with regard to employees, or suspension and expulsion, with regard to students.

LEGAL REF.:     20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., Title IX of the Educational Amendments

34 C.F.R. Part 106.

105 ILCS 5/10-20.12, 10-22.5, 5/27-1, and 5/27-23.7.

775 ILCS 5/1-101 et seq., Illinois Human Rights Act.

23 Ill. Admin. Code § 1.240 and Part 200.

Franklin v. Gwinnett Co. Public Schools, 112 S.Ct. 1028 (1992).

Gebser  v. Lago Vista Independent School District, 118 S.Ct. 1989 (1998).

Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, 119 S.Ct. 1661 (1999).

West v. Derby Unified School District No. 260, 206 F.3d 1358 (10th Cir., 2000).

CROSS REF.:   2:260, 5:20, 7:10, 7:180, 7:180, 7:185, 7:190, 7:240

ADOPTED:        October 4, 1999

REVISED:          October 23, 2000; January 31, 2008; February 26, 2009; August 2009; June 24, 2010; November 18, 2010; July 1, 2011; July 1, 2014; November 20, 2014; July 1, 2015 (update of Complaint Manager name/contact information only)

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