All students need to feel safe at primary and secondary schools. To this end, schools often involve a tremendous amount of time and resources towards that goal. However, in many instances, such efforts still cannot prevent every instance of alleged misconduct, especially when there are allegations of sexual harassment by one student against another student. When one student accuses another of inappropriate sexual behavior, it is important for schools to understand how to address the situation in a legal and effective manner. Failure to address these issues can result in very serious consequences for school districts.
Please join Rick Verstegen as he explains the need for schools to adopt clear policies and procedures on how to address complaints of student-on-student sexual harassment, how to investigate complaints of such sexual harassment, and how to take appropriate action as a result of such investigations.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Just a sampling of the many practical tips you’ll take away:
- Understand what constitutes sexual harassment between two students, considering the context of any statements or actions and the age of the children
- Review elements of an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, including effective witness interviews and drafting complete investigation reports
- Understand the various interim measures that a school may take during an investigation
- Update your understanding of the laws related to sexual harassment, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
- AND MUCH MORE!
YOUR CONFERENCE LEADER
Your conference leader for “Investigating Student-on-Student Sexual Harassment in K-12 Schools” is Richard F. Verstegen, attorney, Boardman & Clark, LLP, Madison Wisconsin. Rick is an experienced member of the School Law Practice Group and the Labor and Employment Group at the firm. He represents educational institutions (including public school districts and technical colleges) in a variety of education law matters. He counsels school clients in labor and employment, student rights, student discipline, meetings and records, special education, Title IX, privacy and technology issues, student safety, policy, governance, and many other issues. Rick regularly provides training on these issues, conducts compliance reviews, attends board meetings, drafts and negotiates contracts, prepares opinions, analyzes legislation and school board policies, and provides other legal services. Rick has also published many articles on education and employment law related topics. In addition, he has participated in seminars and presentations dealing with education, labor, and employment related topics. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and is the former president of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association, and is admitted to practice before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. He earned his JD degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
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