Sexual Harassment

School-based sexual harassment can be defined as a form of sex discrimination that involves unwelcome or unwanted conduct of a sexual or sexist nature that directly interferes with the rights of victims to receive equal educational opportunities. Discrimination based on sexual harassment occurs in a variety of ways, including sexual propositions, lewd comments or jokes, unwanted use of pornographic materials, or inappropriate touching. This entry provides an overview of school-based sexual harassment, focusing in turn on some of its more common expressions and related case law.


School-based sexual harassment can take place between students, between teachers and students, or between other educational staff persons and students. Sex discrimination in the public school environment is expressly prohibited by the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, ...

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