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WAC 392-190-056

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Sexual harassment—Definitions.

(1) As used in this chapter, "sexual harassment" means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact, or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature between two or more individuals if:
(a) Submission to that conduct or communication is made a term or condition, either explicitly or implicitly, of obtaining an education or employment;
(b) Submission to or rejection of that conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting that individual's education or employment; or
(c) That conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's educational or work performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or work environment.
(2) For the purpose of this definition, sexual harassment may include conduct or communication that involves adult to student, student to adult, student to student, adult to adult, male to female, female to male, male to male, and female to female.
(3) School districts must be guided by federal and state case law in their interpretation of sexual harassment complaints and will need to determine sexual harassment on a case-by-case basis. Nothing in this chapter should be construed as diminishing or otherwise modifying an individual's right to bring an action under state or federal law alleging that the individual has been harmed by conduct or communication related to the individual's sex, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal that creates a hostile or abusive educational or workplace environment.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.642.020 and 28A.640.020. WSR 11-09-024, § 392-190-056, filed 4/13/11, effective 5/14/11. Statutory Authority: 1994 c 213. WSR 94-23-043 (Order 94-14), § 392-190-056, filed 11/10/94, effective 12/11/94.]