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Posted inCommunity, Crime, Crime & Safety, Schools

BHS Stop Harassing takes campaign to Berkeley council

Advocates working to raise awareness about sexual harassment faced by Berkeley Unified students asked the Berkeley City Council for its support Tuesday night, saying the school district has not done enough to respond to ongoing problems faced by students, or comply with mandatory rules. City officials said they were sympathetic to the group but could […]

Posted inCommunity, Schools

Berkeley High students allege BUSD refused access to federal investigators over sexual harassment

After BUSD officials allegedly refused to let federal investigators interview students about sexual harassment claims at Berkeley High, students plastered posters in campus hallways last month stating, “You are being silenced,” and “Your civil rights are being violated right now.” Students and parents of the activist group BHS Stop Harassing, who alerted the Office of […]

Posted inCommunity, Schools

School Board adopts interim sexual harassment policy

Amid a federal investigation on whether Berkeley High School inadequately responded to sexual harassment claims, the Berkeley School Board voted unanimously Wednesday to pass a new, interim sexual harassment policy. While passing the sexual harassment policy, and its accompanying administrative regulation, the Board placed conditions on certain points of concern raised by parents and students, such as […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Schools

Feds launch civil rights investigation into Berkeley School District’s response to sexual harassment claims

The federal Office for Civil Rights has launched an investigation into whether the Berkeley Unified School District inadequately responded to sexual harassment claims at Berkeley High School, thereby creating a “hostile environment on the basis of sex.” Failure to adequately respond to sexual harassment claims is a federal offense under Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of […]