Since teachers and educators are trusted with the wellbeing of young people, society often holds them to a higher standard of ethics than other industrial sectors. That is why the Education Amendments of 1972 were designed to maintain certain standards within educational institutions, both for students and teachers.
The Education Amendments contain Title IX, which is ostensibly a reiteration of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. However, it has been recalibrated for educational institutions. Under Title IX, no individual may be discriminated against on the basis of sex “in any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
On March 9th, 2021, Idaho’s educational oversight committee announced they were considering revoking the teaching certifications of a Marsh Valley superintendent for alleged sexual harassment against students, as well as sexual misconduct with other teachers.
The multiple allegations date all the way back to 2013, when the superintendent is accused of inappropriate sexual relationships with other teachers, during work hours, and on school grounds. The allegations were brought to light when another teacher filed a complaint against the man for sexual harassment. The school district’s investigator concluded that the superintendent’s behavior didn’t constitute sexual harassment, but it was considered sexual misconduct.
The district cites two main violations of Title IX against the teacher:
- A professional educator entrusted with public funds and property honors that trust with a high level of “honesty, accuracy, and responsibility.”
- A professional educator ensures just and equitable treatment of all members of the profession in the exercise of academic freedom, professional rights and responsibilities while following generally recognized professional principles.
The teacher has since been placed on leave and has had his contract bought out. Before he was placed on leave, he was beaten up with a baseball bat by the husband of one of the women he allegedly harassed and placed in hospital care. We can see here that sexual misconduct in educational programs and institutions has grave consequences, both on one’s career, social status, and apparently safety.
Sexual harassment complaints are usually broken up into 2 categories:
- Quid pro quo: This is where someone uses sex as some sort of offer or exchange in the workplace hierarchy. For example, a boss bribing a new employee with a raise if they perform sexual favors.
- Hostile work environment: This is where someone is subject to some type of behavior or misconduct that puts them in a “hostile work environment.” This can include stalking, groping, unwanted sexual advances, or even rude comments.
Do you need help with a sexual harassment lawsuit in a university, college, or educational program in Idaho? Call a qualified Idaho attorney today.