Sexual Harassment Policy
The board of education is committed to providing a positive and productive working and learning environment, free from discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment. The district does not discriminate on the basis of sex in admissions, employment, or the educational programs or activities it operates and is prohibited by Title IX from engaging in such discrimination. Discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment, will not be tolerated in the school district. Discrimination on the basis of the sex of employees or students of the district by board members, administrators, licensed and classified personnel, students, vendors, and any others having business or other contacts with the school district is strictly prohibited.
To learn more about the Eudora School District Sexual Harassment Policy, see Board Policy GAAC located here in Eudora School District Board Policy
Sexual Harassment Training Materials
Sexual harassment or discrimination on the basis of sex is not tolerated at USD 491. If you have questions about our policy on sexual harassment and discrimination, please contact Amy Shanks, Title IX Coordinator at email@example.com or at 785-542-4910, ext. 1104, or by mail to 1310 Winchester Road, POB 500, Eudora, KS 66025. The following is a link to our training materials on Title IX Regulations in compliance with the United States Department of Education requirements.
Complaints regarding alleged discrimination shall be handled in accordance with procedures outlined in board policies GAAC and shall be directed to the Title IX Coordinator; Amy Shanks, firstname.lastname@example.org 1310 Winchester Road, Eudora, KS 66025, 785-542-4910, ext. 1104.
Complaints of discrimination should be addressed to an employee’s supervisor or to the building principal or the compliance coordinator. Complaints against the superintendent should be addressed to the board of education.
Unless otherwise provided herein, complaints of discrimination will be resolved using the district’s discrimination complaint procedures in policy KN found in Board Policy
Formal Complaint Procedures
- A formal complaint should be filed in writing and contain the name and address of the person filing the complaint. The complaint should briefly describe the alleged violation. If an individual does not wish to file a written complaint, and the matter has not been adequately resolved, the building principal may initiate the complaint. Forms for filing written complaints are available in each school building office and the central office.
- A complaint should be filed as soon as possible after the conduct occurs but not later than 180 days after the complainant becomes aware of the alleged violation, unless the conduct forming the basis for the complaint is ongoing.
- If appropriate, an investigation shall follow the filing of the complaint. If the complaint is against the superintendent, the board shall appoint an investigating officer. In other instances, the investigation shall be conducted by the building principal, the compliance coordinator, or another individual appointed by the board. The investigation shall be informal but thorough. All interested persons, including the complainant and the person against whom the complaint is lodged, will be afforded an opportunity to submit written or oral evidence relevant to the complaint.
- A written determination of the complaint’s validity and a description of the resolution shall be issued by the investigator, and a copy forwarded to the complainant and the accused no later than 30 days after the filing of the complaint.
- If the investigation results in a recommendation that a student be suspended or expelled, procedures outlined in board policy and state law governing student suspension and expulsion will be followed.
- If the investigation results in a recommendation that an employee be suspended without pay or terminated, procedures outlined in board policy, the negotiated agreement (as applicable), and state law will be followed.
- Records relating to complaints filed and their resolution shall be forwarded to and maintained in a confidential manner by the district compliance coordinator.
- The complainant may appeal the determination of the complaint. Appeals shall be heard by the district compliance coordinator, a hearing officer appointed by the board, or by the board itself as determined by the board. The request to appeal the resolution shall be made within 20 days after the date of the written resolution of the complaint at the lower level. The appeal officer shall review the evidence gathered by the investigator and the investigator’s report and shall afford the complainant and the person against whom the complaint is filed an opportunity to submit further evidence, orally or in writing, within 10 days after the appeal is filed. The appeal officer will issue a written determination of the complaint’s validity and a description of its resolution within 30 days after the appeal is filed.
- If discrimination or harassment has occurred, the district will take prompt, remedial action to prevent its reoccurrence. The district prohibits retaliation or discrimination against any person for opposing discrimination, including harassment; for participating in the complaint process; or making a complaint, testifying, assisting, or participating in any investigation, proceeding, or hearing.
- Use of this complaint procedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of any other remedies including the right to file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the Kansas Human Rights Commission.
To complete a complaint form, please click here: KN Complaint Form