Sexual Harassment, Hazing/Initiation

Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment will not be tolerated at Dixie High School.  Sexual harassment is defined as being disturbed persistently by someone because of one’s sex.  While people sometimes differ in what they think is harassing or annoying, the government agencies responsible for enforcing laws against sex discrimination agree that certain behavior is unlawful.  These behaviors can vary from an annoying glance to an attempted or actual physical assault.  Such behavior includes unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when: (a) submission to such conduct is used as the basis for education decisions affecting the individual; or (b) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive study environment.  Please report any offenses to your teacher, counselor, or administrator.


Hazing/Initiation: Hazing or initiation of any student in any form is prohibited.  Such activity is degrading to the student, can cause antisocial behavior, and is often potentially dangerous.  This applies to club and athletic initiations as well as general school conduct.

Prevention of Sexual Harassment

Excerpts from WCSD Policy 1420

Sexual harassment includes any gender-related unwelcome written or verbal slurs, vulgar jokes, derogatory statements or actions. Sexual harassment also includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when the harassment is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it can be said to deprive the victims of access to the educational opportunities or benefits provided by the school and such harassment takes place in a context subject to the School District's control.

Student Complaint Procedures

If a student believes he/she is subject to harassment, the student should first consider telling the person that they do not like what is happening, that they consider it a violation of the School District policy on harassment, and that they want it stopped. In many cases, a clear statement that the student wants something stopped will be enough to take care of the situation. Students are not required, however, to confront the person in this way. 

The student has the right and is encouraged to report the problem immediately to the principal, counselor, or assistant principal at their school. Students should not feel embarrassed, intimidated, or reluctant to file a valid harassment report.

Any teacher, counselor, administrator receiving a report of harassment from a student must report the incident to the school principal or designated administrator or/supervisor. The principal or designated administrator/supervisor has the responsibility to conduct a preliminary investigation when he/she receives an oral or written complaint, observes, or has reason to suspect sexual harassment.

Students or staff may request a District-level investigation by submitting the written complaint to the appropriate, Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent, or Human Resource Director. 

The complainant and the accused have the right to be represented by a person of their choice, at their own expense, during sexual harassment investigations and hearings. Complainants also have the right to register sexual harassment complaints with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights or the Utah Anti-Discrimination Division/EEOC. Nothing in this policy shall be construed to limit the right of the complainant to file a lawsuit.

Retaliation Prohibition

Any act of reprisal against any person who opposes sexually harassing behavior, or who has filed a complaint, is prohibited and therefore subject to disciplinary action.  Likewise, reprisal against any person who has testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing of a sexual harassment complaint is prohibited and therefore subject to disciplinary action.

False Complaints:

False, malicious, or frivolous complaints of harassment will result in corrective or disciplinary action taken against the accuser.


Principals in each school and program directors shall be responsible for informing students and staff of the terms of this policy, including the procedures established for investigation and resolution of complaints. 

Additional Information is available on line at:

Bullying and Hazing

Bullying and/or Hazing of students will not be tolerated at Dixie High School.  The school will follow the policy of the Washington County School District, as defined in district policy 3510, which is available on the district website at 



The Washington County School Board is committed to protecting its students, employees and school guests from bullying or harassment of any type, for any reason. The School Board believes that all students, employees or guests are entitled to a safe, equitable and harassment-free school experience. Bullying or harassment in any form will not be tolerated and shall be just cause for disciplinary action. Conduct that constitutes bullying or harassment will be dealt with immediately and consistently.


“Bullying” is aggressive behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power or strength. A person is bullied or victimized when he/she is exposed repeatedly and over time to negative actions on the part of one or more persons. Therefore "Bullying" means intentionally or knowingly committing an act that endangers the physical, and/or emotional health or safety of a student, a school employee, or a school guest. Any act involving any of the following elements will be considered bullying: (1) physical brutality, (2) forced or involuntary consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance, (3) coerced actions or activities of a sexual nature or with sexual connotations, (4) physically obstructing freedom of movement,(6) verbal intimidation, such as teasing and name calling, (7) non-verbal and emotional intimidation through gestures, social exclusion. The conduct described above constitutes bullying, regardless of whether

the person against whom the conduct is committed directed, consented to, or acquiesced in, the conduct.


"Cyber-bullying" is a form of bullying involving the use of email, instant messaging, chat rooms, cell phones, or other forms of information technology.


"Hazing" is a form of bullying done for the purpose of initiation or admission into, affiliation with, holding office in, or as a condition for, membership or acceptance, or continued membership or acceptance,in any school or school sponsored team, organization, program, or event.


No school employee, student, or guest, may engage in bullying, hazing or cyber-bullying anyone else: (1) on school property, (2) at a school related or sponsored event, (3) on a school bus, (4) at a school bus stop; or (5) while the school district employee or student is traveling to or from a location or event described above.


To report violations anonymously:

· Call:   (435) 673-4682, ext. 106

· Email


Each reported complaint shall include: (1) name of complaining party; (2) name of offender (if known); (3) date and location of incident(s); (4) a statement describing the incident(s), including names of witnesses. Each reported violation of the prohibitions noted previously shall be promptly investigated by a school administrator or an individual designated by a school administrator. Formal disciplinary action is prohibited based solely on an anonymous report of bullying, hazing, or retaliation.


Consequences or penalties may include but are not limited to:

· Student suspension or removal from a school-sponsored team or activity including school

sponsored transportation.

· Student suspension or expulsion from school or lesser disciplinary action.

· Employee suspension or termination for cause or lesser disciplinary action.

· Employee reassignment.


Discipline actions must also include, as appropriate:

· Procedures for protecting the victim and other involved individual from being subjected to further bullying or retaliation for reporting the bullying or hazing.

· Prompt reporting to law enforcement of all acts that constitute suspected criminal activity.

· Prompt reporting to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of all acts that may be violations of civil


· Procedures for providing due process rights under Section 53A-8-102