The Madison Metropolitan School District strives to provide an environment where every employee, applicant, family member and visitor feels supported, respected and welcomed and where every staff member can serve students in an atmosphere that is free from harassment and discrimination. Discrimination and harassment can have a harmful social, physical, and/or psychological impact on individuals who are the victims of these actions, those who engage in these behaviors, and bystanders that observe discriminatory and/or harassing acts. The School District does not allow discrimination and harassment towards or by students, school employees or volunteers on school/District grounds, at school/District sponsored activities or in transportation to and from school or school/District-sponsored activities.
District policy protects employees and applicants for employment from discrimination and harassment regarding a person’s sex, pregnancy/childbirth, race, religion/creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age (over 40), disability, marital status, arrest record, conviction record, military service membership, homelessness, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic identity, or retaliation.
District policy protects volunteers, family members and visitors from discrimination and harassment regarding a person’s sex, race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age (over 18), disability, marital status, arrest record, conviction record, less than honorable discharge, physical appearance, homelessness, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political beliefs, student status, or retaliation.
District policy protects students from discrimination and harassment regarding a person’s sex, race, color, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, homelessness, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or disability including their physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability and/or retaliation as defined in this Policy.
Any action, policy, or practice, including bias, stereotyping, and student harassment, which is detrimental to a person or group of persons and differentiates or distinguishes among persons, or which limits or denies a person or group of persons opportunities, privileges, roles or rewards based, in whole or in part, on their membership in a protected class, or which perpetuates the effects of past discrimination.
The District is committed to the provision of a harassment free environment for students, employees, job applicants, and to all persons who seek or receive services from the District or its contractors. The Board considers all forms of harassment, including hazing, to be unacceptable behavior because it undermines productivity in the work and academic environments, degrades, intimidates, isolates and is discriminatory. Harassment infringes upon the rights of all and creates a hostile environment for learning and working. The Board expressly prohibits harassment based on a person’s membership in a protected class(es) as defined in the Non-Discrimination Statement above, and will take all the necessary steps to prevent such harassment from occurring.
Examples of harassment may include but are not limited to:
- Unwanted physical contact including touching, pinching and/or brushing the body;
- Indecent exposure, including lewd and lascivious behaviors;
- Persistent requests for social/sexual encounters and favors;
- Making inappropriate statements or jokes about students or staff because of their protected status(es);
- Basing a personnel decision on someone providing sexual favors, or someone’s protected class(es);
- Displaying graphic, sexually explicit objects, posters or pictures that show adolescents, women, racial minorities, people who have disabilities or students in a degrading or humiliating manner;
- Obscene gestures, nonverbal suggestive behavior (leering) or insulting sounds (whistling)
No District employee or student shall attempt to restrain, interfere with, coerce, discriminate, or take reprisal action against the complainant(s) and/or their witnesses during or after the presentation, processing, and resolution of a complaint. Such an action would be a violation District Policy and the employee or student would be subject to the appropriate discipline. Any person who feels they are being retaliated against, as defined above, may contact the Title IX Coordinator to make a complaint regarding the retaliatory actions.
Any employee, applicant for employment, student, parent, or resident of the District who believes they have been discriminated against may file a complaint.
Make a Report/File a Complaint
- By Form via Email
- Via Telephone
- In Person or by Mail
545 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53703
Individuals may also file complaints directly with the Office for Civil Rights, within the United States Department of Education.