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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

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Sexual Harassment & Staff Complaints

Complaints against an employee

The Board recognizes the importance of establishing reasonable and effective means for resolving difficulties that may arise among staff, to reduce potential areas of grievances and to establish and maintain recognized two-way channels of communication between supervisory personnel and staff.

Board Policies

How to Report

Present the complain in writing to your supervisor within 15 days of the action or incident that gave rise to the complaint.

The written complaint will contain:

  • The facts upon which the complaint is based as the complainant sees them; 
  • A reference to the policy(s) or procedure(s) of the district that have allegedly been violated; and 
  • The remedies sought.

Failure to submit a written complain within the timeline specified will result in a waiver of the complaint.

If the allegation is against the complainant’s immediate supervisor the staff member should file his/her written Step One complaint with the district’s Chief Talent Officer.

Read Procedure 5270 for full details.

Sexual Harassment

Staff are protected against sexual harassment by anyone in any school program or activity, including on the school campus, on the school bus, or off-campus, such as a school-sponsored field trip.

Highline Public Schools is committed to a positive and productive education, free from discrimination, including sexual harassment. Sexual harassment means unwelcome conduct or communication of a sexual nature. This commitment extends to all students involved in academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic, and other programs or activities of the school, whether that program or activity is in a school facility, on school transportation, or at a class or school training held elsewhere. The district prohibits sexual harassment of students by other students, employees, or third parties involved in school district activities.

Report a Sexual Harassment Concern

You can report sexual harassment to any school staff member or to the Title IX coordinator at 206-631-3121 or title.IX@highlineschools.org. The Title IX coordinator can help you decide if any action needs to be taken and how best to address your situation.

File a Complaint

Highline Public Schools has designated staff responsible for responding to, investigating and resolving complaints.

If you believe that you or an HPS student or staff member has been sexually harassed, you can report the incident(s) to any school staff member or the district's Title IX coordinator.

Filing a complaint: 

  • Open & fill out the HPS Complaint Form
    • Please complete all sections of the form.
    • Be as specific as possible when discussing the incidents. Your complaint is not limited to the space provided. You are encouraged to attach additional materials, which may assist in the investigation process.
    • Please be sure to include the:
      • the date(s),
      • the incident(s) that occurred,
      • the name(s) of the person(s) involved, and
      • the name(s) of those who may have witnessed the incident(s).
  • Sign the form and deliver the original to either the District Title IX Coordinator or any school principal.

If you have any questions regarding the complaint process and/or complaint form, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.

Phone: 206.631.3121
Email: title.ix@highlineschools.org

Mailing Address:
Highline Public Schools
Attention: Title IX Coordinator
15675 Ambaum Boulevard SW
Burien, WA 98166

For more information, please refer to board policies: 5011, 5011P and 5011F.

Contact Information

Schools

School Compliance Official: Your principal or principal's designee

DISTRICT

Title IX Compliance Officer

Steve Grubb
Phone: 206-631-3121
Fax: 206-631-3386
Email: title.ix@highlineschools.org

By Mail

Highline Public Schools
Attention: Title XI Coordinator
15675 Ambaum Boulevard SW
Burien, WA 98166

STATE

State OSPI Equity and Civil Rights Office

Phone: 360-725-6162
Email: equity@k12.wa.us

NATIONAL

U.S. Dept. of Education Office for Civil Rights

Phone: 206-607-1600
Email: OCR.Seattle@ed.gov

Board Policies

Sexual Harassment Definition

Sexual harassment does not refer to casual conversations or compliments of a socially accepted nature. It refers to behavior that is unwelcome, offensive, interfering with effectiveness, or creating uneasiness in the educational and work environment. For the purpose of this definition, sexual harassment may include conduct or communication that involves students to adult, student to student, male to female, female to male, male to male, and female to female. Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome and/or inappropriate sexual advances; and/or requests for sexual favors; and/or sexually motivated physical contact; and/or verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature if:

  • Submission to such conduct or communication is made a term or condition, either explicitly or implicitly, of obtaining an education; and/or
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting that individual’s education; and/or
  • Such conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s educational or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or work environment.

Such conduct, whether committed in the educational environment or district workplace by students, is specifically prohibited. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Making sexually suggestive remarks, gestures, jokes, or teasing;
  • Disparaging remarks about one’s gender or sexually demeaning terms for females and males;
  • Hazing, pranks, or other intimidating behavior toward others because of gender; deliberate and/or unwelcome touching such as impeding or blocking movement, cornering, pinching, pulling on clothing, kissing, or fondling;
  • Displaying or distributing printed, pictorial, derogatory, and/or offensive sexual materials such as posters, cards, pictures, cartoons, graffiti, drawings, or clothing;
  • Using the media for unwanted communications such as letters, phone calls, email, fax, or other technology;
  • Spreading rumors about a person’s private sex life;
  • Unwanted communications about personal sexual experiences; or
  • Requests for sexual favors in exchange for rewards such as grades, promotion, money, and/or personal gain.

For complaint process, disciplinary actions, false accusations, remedies, non-retaliation, dissemination, interpretation, and internal review, please refer to Policy 5011.