For support with policy enforcement, speak with a SARA Educator. Call 434-295-7273.
As a community institution, a school provides students with their first experience of a cultural framework for dealing with issues of appropriateness, gender, and aggression. The way that policies are enforced sends strong messages to students about what they can get away with and what level of power they have in society.
Training for Faculty is available.
Sexual Harassment policies in schools are driven by Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments to the Civil Rights Act. Our nation has a long and complicated history of its enforcement and the liability of public schools regarding gender inequality. SARA staff provide training for administrators, faculty, bus drivers, and other staff that focus on federal requirements, the reality of sexual harassment across the nation and locally, and the steps that schools can take to keep their students safe.
The most important things for you to know:
If dress codes are enforced more strictly than sexual harassment policies, students get the message that schools care more about their appearance than whether they respect each other. Also, because of how dress codes are written and enforced, students may perceive that the way girls dress is more likely to be judged than the way boys treat girls. These are extremely damaging messages, and contribute to a society in which the response to sexual abuse goes something like, “Well what was she wearing? Was she asking for it?” This is one reason why so many abusers are never held accountable for their actions.
When training your faculty about Dress Code enforcement, it is important to include gender sensitivity training. SARA Educators provide this training on a regular basis. Please contact us for a free training for your faculty, tailored to your school’s needs.
We focus on helping faculty understand: