Student Discriminatory Harassment Identification + Response

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Discriminatory Harassment — Identification and Response for Educators

Research shows that bullying often is related to student biases and prejudices. A hostile school environment ultimately affects students’ academic success and mental health. For example, the 2013 National School Climate Survey conducted by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, found that LGBT students who experienced higher levels of victimization because of their sexual orientation were more than three times more likely to have missed school in the past month and had higher levels of depression than their less-harassed peers. Sexual-orientation and sexual-identity harassment are two of the eight types of harassment addressed  in the new PublicSchoolWORKS training course.

Some student misconduct may qualify as peer discriminatory harassment under one or more of the federal anti-discrimination laws enforced by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. While there is not yet a federal training requirement, this topic addresses Title V, and its potential high liability for districts.

These course is included in the course catalog for Student Safety, Wellness and Social Responsibility.

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Curious boy looking through a window

Discriminatory Harassment — Identification and Response
(Title VI and student harassment concerns) – 25 minutes
This course:

  • defines eight types of peer harassment based on race, sex, color, national-origin, disability, and religion;
  • explores how peer discrimination is different from bullying;
  • defines how school employees should identify, respond and intervene;
  • summarizes three legal requirements and considerations for districts: confidentiality, due-process rights, and freedom of speech; and
  • shares online resources from the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

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