SRVUSD Harassment and Anti-Bullying Policy
Student BP 5145.3a
District programs and activities shall be free from discrimination, including harassment, intimidation or bullying with respect to a sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color, physical or mental disability, marital or parental status, age or sexual orientation; the perception of one or more of such characteristics, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
The Governing Board desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal opportunities in admission and access to the district’s academic and other educational support program, guidance and counseling programs, athletic programs, testing procedures, and other activities.
The Board prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying of any student by any employee, student or other person in the district. Staff shall be alert and immediately responsive to student conduct which may interfere with another student's ability to participate in or benefit from school services, activities or privileges. Prohibited discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying includes physical, verbal, nonverbal or written conduct based on one of the categories listed above that is so severe and pervasive that it affects a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an education program or activity; creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive education environment, has the effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with a student’s academic performance, is foreseeably likely to cause a substantial disruption to the educational environment; or otherwise adversely affects a student’s educational opportunities
The Board also prohibits any form of retaliation against any student who files a complaint or report regarding an incident of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
The Superintendent or designee shall provide age-appropriate training and information to the students, parents/guardians, and employees regarding discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying, including but not limited to, the district’s nondiscrimination policy, what constitutes prohibited behavior, how to report incidents, and to whom such reports should be made.
The Principal or designee shall develop a plan to provide students with appropriate accommodations when necessary for their protection from threatened or potentially harassing or discriminatory behavior.
Students who engage in discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, or retaliation in violation of the law, Board Policy, or Administrative Regulation shall be subject to appropriate discipline, up to and including counseling, suspension and/or expulsion. An employee who permits or engages in discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, or retaliation shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.
The Board hereby designates the following position as Coordinator for Nondiscrimination to handle complaints regarding discrimination and inquiries regarding the district's nondiscrimination policies:
Student BP 5145.3b
Director of Student Services
San Ramon Valley Unified School District
699 Old Orchard Drive
Danville, CA 94526
Any student who feels that he/she is being subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation
or bullying should immediately contact the Coordinator for Nondiscrimination, the principal or
any other staff member. Any student who observes an incident of harassment should report the
incident to the Coordinator, principal or other school employee, whether or not the victim files a
Employees who become aware of an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying
shall immediately report the incident to the Coordinator for Nondiscrimination or the site
designee. The designee for each site will be identified with the Annual Notice of this policy to
each employee. In addition, the employee shall immediately intervene when safe to do so.
Upon receiving a complaint of discrimination or harassment, the Coordinator and/or site
designee shall immediately investigate the complaint in accordance with site/level grievance
procedures specified in AR 5145.7 – Sexual Harassment.
The Coordinator and/or designee shall also advise the victim of any other remedies that may be
available. The Coordinator and/or designee shall file a report with the Superintendent or
designee and refer the matter to law enforcement where required.
Within 30 days of receiving the district’s report, the complainant may appeal to the Board if
he/she disagrees with the resolution of the complaint. The Board shall make a decision at its
next regular meeting and its decision shall be final.
The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the student handbook clearly describes the
district’s nondiscrimination policy, procedures for filing a complaint regarding discrimination,
harassment, intimidation or bullying, and the resources that are available to students who feel
that they have been the victim of any such behavior. The district’s policy shall also be posted on
the district web site or any other location that is easily accessible to students.
The Coordinator and/or designee shall distribute this policy annually to all families and staff and
provide training to all staff regarding Nondiscrimination/Harassment/Anti-Bullying.