Thursday, June 07, 2007

Sexual Harassment in Education

The laws are very clear about sexual harassment in an educational setting. Remember, Tamarack Song offers a yearlong course, upon the completion of which, he certifies students as Wilderness Guides. He wants himself and his school to be taken seriously as a 501 c3 non-profit, educational institution offering instruction in wilderness skills. To EVER hit on a student in this context is against the law, for reasons that are defined in no uncertain terms below:

Sexual harassment in education
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sexual harassment in education is unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that interferes with a student’s ability to learn, study, work or participate in school activities. In the U.S., it is a form of discrimination under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. [1] Sexual harassment involves a range of behavior from mild annoyances to sexual assault and rape. (AAUW 2002, 2006,Dzeich et al, 1990) See Sexual harassment: Varied behaviors and circumstances for examples.

Most sexual harassment is peer-peer, but sexual harassment by teachers and other school employees has also been reported. (AAUW 2002,2006) While sexual harassment is legally defined as "unwanted" behavior, many experts agree that even consensual sexual interactions between students and teachers constitutes harassment because the power differential creates a dynamic in which "mutual consent" is impossible. (Dzeich et al, 1990)



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