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Sexual Harassment (Title IX)

Sexual Harassment (Title IX)

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in education, including K-12 schools. Title IX is a federal law that has been used to promote equity in education by ensuring that girls and women receive equal resources and treatment in the classroom and provides protections for students who are sexually harassed and discriminated against and/or bullied based on their gender.

In addition to this federal law, the California Education code similarly prohibits schools discriminating against its students on the basis of sex (Education Codes 220-221.1).

Definition of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment includes verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature which may have a negative impact upon the victim’s academic or work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational/work environment.

Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to:

  1. Unwelcome written, verbal, physical, and/or visual contact with sexual overtones such as slurs, jokes, touching, blocking movement, sexual cartoons or drawings, and obscene language.
  2. Continuing to express sexual interest after being informed that the interest is unwelcome.
  3. Dating violence
  4. Sexting (sending sexually explicit photos or text) or exchanging explicit photos with friends.
  5. Bullying based on gender, gender expression, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
  6. Sexual assault
  7. Electronic postings with sexual overtones on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, YikYak, or other social media.

Who is covered under Title IX?

  1. Harassment by students
  2. Harassment by administrators/teachers/staff
  3. Harassment by volunteers or school visitors

BSD sexual harassment and nondiscrimination policies

Student sexual harassment BP 5145.7

Student nondiscrimination BP 5145.3


Title IX Coordinator

In the event of a complaint regarding gender equity or sexual harassment, or discrimination, including harassment, intimidation, and bullying because of actual or perceived disability, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race, ethnicity, color, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital or parental status, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, contact one of the following Title IX and

Non Discrimination Coordinator:


Wesley Tang

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services

[email protected]

(650) 259-3800


BSD Uniform Complaint Procedures