Do you think you may have been a victim of a sexual misconduct at your school?

Sexual misconduct constitutes sexually inappropriate comments and/or behaviors of any kind. Repeated and unwanted sexual advances of any kind including sexual comments, texts, posts, photos, memes, etc., are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Students will be disciplined for sexual misconduct even if the misconduct occurs outside of school, if it impacts on a student's ability to learn.

What are some examples of behavior that may constitute sexual misconduct?

  • Sexual advances or physical contact, whether or not they are consensual, between a student and employee, contractor, or community partner

  • Requests for sexual favors

  • Making an educational decision or benefit, such as a good grade, contingent on a student’s submission to unwelcome sexual conduct

  • Consensual groping, fondling, sexual touching, or sex on school property or at any school-sponsored activity

  • Sexual jokes or comments regarding a student’s body, sexual activity, or orientation

  • Name calling or profanity that is sexually suggestive, degrading, or based on stereotypes.

  • Displaying or distributing sexually explicit drawings, pictures, or other images or comments by text, email, or in any other form - Sending or receiving a sexually suggestive text or image, such as a nude photo, is always a crime when the sender or recipient is under 18.

  • Trafficking of youth for sexual purposes, such as recruiting, transporting, or otherwise exploiting a minor in exchange for money, shelter, or food

The above list of examples is not exhaustive. If you are unsure whether a student may have been a target of sexual misconduct or if you have knowledge of a possible incident of sexual misconduct involving a student, immediately contact your principal/headmaster, supervisor,or the Office of Equity at 617-635-9650 or bpsequity@bostonpublicschools.org

(BPS EQT-3, Sexual MisConduct towards Students)

Reporting and Investigating Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct involving a student may be immediately report to a school principal/headmaster, supervisor, or the Office of Equity at 617-635-9650 or bpsequity@bostonpublicschools.org

  • Any student, parent, or other third party who believes that a student has been subjected to inappropriate sexual conduct may report the incident to the principal/headmaster or the Office of Equity.

  • The Boston Public Schools will promptly investigate allegations of sexual misconduct even when the incident is being investigated by law enforcement or another entity. Our obligation is to determine if there has been a violation of a BPS circular and/or the BPS Code of Conduct. The investigation will be conducted in a manner maintaining confidentiality to the extent practicable under the circumstances. Incidents that a BPS employee becomes aware of directly or indirectly, such as from a note or an overheard conversation, will also be investigated.

  • Interim measures for the safety of the students involved must be taken upon receipt of the report to ensure equal access to educational programs and activities.

  • If the investigation results in a finding of a violation of this policy, Boston Public Schools will take steps to end the misconduct, prevent any further misconduct, remedy its effects where appropriate, and take disciplinary action,as deemed appropriate under the circumstances

Prohibition of Retaliation

Retaliation against an individual who reports sexual misconduct and retaliation against individuals for cooperating with a related investigation is unlawful and will not be tolerated by the Boston Public Schools.Reports of retaliation should be brought to the building administrator or the person who is conducting the investigation. A student who feels there has been retaliation following a complaint may also call the Office of Equity at 617-635-9650.

(BPS EQT-3, Sexual MisConduct towards Students)