Reporting Sexual Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct
Howard County Public Schools is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from sexual discrimination. HCPSS prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in its educational programs, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, and in the workplace as required by law.
Sexual Discrimination includes sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual violence, and is characterized as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that interferes with a student’s ability to learn, study, work, achieve or participate in school activities, or with an employee’s term, condition or privilege of employment/relationship with the school system. Sexual discrimination can be committed by a student, employee or third party.
More information can be found in Policy 1020 on Sexual Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct
Title IX/Title VII Compliance
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and 1975, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 state that no person in the United States shall, on the basis of gender, be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity that receives federal financial assistance.
Title IX applies to students, school employees, or anyone present on school campus regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status or disability status. It includes all of a school’s operations including school-sponsored activities or travel that occurs away from school.
Filing a Complaint
Students who file a sexual discrimination complaint may do so orally or in writing with a teacher, school counselor, school-based administrator or HCPSS Title IX Coordinator, or through the Reporting Form provided below. All such reports must be filed with or forwarded to the Title IX coordinator who will oversee and support the investigation. Action will be taken promptly in accordance with established procedures.
School system employees or third parties who file a sexual discrimination complaint must do so with the Title IX coordinator or with a school-based administrator or supervisor as appropriate. The Title IX coordinator will oversee and support the investigation.
- BHI (Bullying/Harassment/Intimidation) Form
The BHI form is the same form for a student to report sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct.
For Employees/Third Party:
Return the form to your supervisor or the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equity Assurance.
Title IX Coordinator
Manager, Office of Equity Assurance
Howard County Public School System
Maryland State Department of Education Equity Assurance & Compliance Office