Sexual harassment is prohibited by federal and state law. While school districts have an obligation for compliance of the law, there is an even greater duty of ensuring that every student is able to achieve to their potential by fostering a safe learning environment.
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School supervisors may be held liable not only if they were directly involved in the sexual harassment, but also if they:
- Received notice of a pattern of improper acts committed by a teacher or employee,
- Demonstrated deliberate indifference to the offensive acts,
- Failed to take sufficient, investigative or remedial action, and that failure to take action caused injury to an employee or student.