School of Education: Legal Seminar Videos

Sexual Harrassment: Reporting



Dr. Erma Jean Sims,
Sonoma State University

Certificated school personnel's responsibilities it's very clear. A teacher's responsibility is to take appropriate action to prevent and report incidence of sexual harassment to their site administrator. So, we know you've got to report these incidents. You'll also want to be sure you have the California state law in your packet of handouts. It's important that you talk to your site administrator, principal, or vice principal. Ask them if they have a specific sexual harassment district policy and get a copy of it. Read it carefully. It may include items that I have not included in our list. Once you have that policy and you've consulted it; then you want to follow those procedures exactly as they're written, that protects you. I was simply following the districts policies in the way I handled this incident of sexual harassment. Now these are just some reporting procedures; it's going to be important in your position as a teacher to keep accurate and detailed records. Frequently court cases around sexual harassment, because of the clogging up court calendar, oftentimes don't come to trial for a year to three years. It's very easy to have faulty memory when you've got twenty to thirty students every year in your classroom; about this specific incidence. A record that you compose at the time of the incident, the court will see this record as past recollection recorded, which will stand up in court. It's better than your memory, the written record that you've prepared with the details of this incident. The report of sexual harassment should be given to the appropriate site administrator and as always follow your school districts policies and procedures on sexual harassment reporting.


CREDITS: Instruction and Content by Dr. Erma Jean Sims, Sonoma State University. Videography and Technical support by Mark Niemann, Sonoma State University