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STUDENT HANDBOOK

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02. THIS POLICY IS REQUIRED BY FEDERAL LAW and implementation is guided by the U.S.

Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights.

a. In accordance with Title IX, LRSC does not discriminate on the basis of gender in

educational programs, activities and/or employment.

b. Any form of retaliation is prohibited and is considered misconduct.

c. Misconduct is prohibited in all forms, regardless of intent to harm.

d. Also prohibited under Title IX is any rule violated on the basis of gender, gender

identity and/or sexual orientation which is severe enough to cause discriminatory

effect. This may include, but is not limited to, bullying, cyber-bullying, relationship

violence and stalking.

03. FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS POLICY, the following definitions apply:

a. Bullying is repeated and/or aggressive behavior likely to intimidate, hurt, control

or diminish another person, physically or mentally. Cyber-bullying is bullying that

takes place using technology.

b. Consent is words or actions showing a clear, knowing and voluntary agreement to

engage in sexual activity.

1. Consent from sexual partners must be obtained. If confusion or ambiguity on

the issue of consent arises anytime during sexual activity, consent must be

clarified.

2. Consent may not be inferred from:

a. Silence, passivity or lack of active resistance.

b. A current or previous dating or sexual relationship.

3. Consent to one form of sexual activity does not imply consent to other forms

of sexual activity.

4. Consent can be withdrawn by clear communication at any time.

c. Coercion is compelling another to engage in conduct by threatening to expose

a secret or publicize an asserted fact, whether true or false, that would affect

another’s reputation, academic or otherwise, or cause emotional distress.

Coercion also means to exploit fear or anxiety through intimidation, domination

or control with the intent to compel conduct or compliance.

d. Domestic/Dating Violence is physical harm, bodily injury, sexual activity compelled

by physical force, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily

injury, sexual activity compelled by physical force, or assault, not committed in

self-defense committed by any person who is or has been in a relationship of a

romantic or intimate nature with another.

e. Harassment is to engage in conduct by means of intrusive or unwanted acts, words

or gestures intended to adversely affect the safety, security or privacy of another

person. This may include, but is not limited to:

1. Following a person in or about a place,

2. Using abusive language or words,

3. Communicating a threat to inflict injury on any person, any person’s reputation

or property,

4. Making a telephone call anonymously or in offensively course language,

5. Making repeated calls that have no legitimate purpose, or

6. Communicating a falsehood that causes mental anguish.

f. Hostile environment is an environment in which misconduct occurs and is