District Policy Against Sexual Harassment
The Starpoint Central School District is committed to non-discrimination and recognizes its responsibility to provide for all district students an environment free from sexual harassment and intimidation. Sexual harassment is a violation of law and stands in direct opposition to district policy. Therefore, the District prohibits all forms of sexual harassment by district employees and students.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sex and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- a student must submit to sexually harassing behavior as a condition for the successful completion of any course of study or educational or extracurricular activity, including the acceptance into or rejection from such course or activity;OR
- conditions exist within the school environment that allow or foster obscene pictures, lewd jokes, sexual advances, requests for sex or physical contact or other harassing activities of a sexual nature, or other similar conduct that unreasonably interferes with a student’s academic performance or participation in an educational or extracurricular activity, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive learning environment.
It is the responsibility of everyone in the school community to eliminate sexual harassment. Any student who believes that he/she has observed, or is the victim of, sexual harassment shall report all incidents to any one of the district’s Title IX Officers. Patricia Brzezinski (Personnel Specialist) and Brian Farrell (Director of Special Programs( serve the District as Compliance Officers for Allegations of Discrimination and/or Harassment (students and employees), Title VI, VII, IX, Section 504, American Disabilities Act, New York State Executive Law, Military Law and Age Discrimination in Employment Act. All questions regarding these policies should be directed to Patricia Brzezinski (Personnel Specialist) and Brian Farrell (Director of Special Programs) at 4363 Mapleton Road, Lockport, NY 14094.
The district will conduct a prompt, thorough and (insofar as the law allows) confidential investigation of all complaints. Possible consequences for violation of the policy include suspension and dismissal. A copy of the district’s sexual harassment policy is posted in the main office and in the student services office.