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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

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Racial and Sexual Harassment – A School’s Legal Obligations

Episode 2

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(Sept. 20, 2006) Harassment is a problem that occurs in schools throughout the nation, whether they be urban or rural, rich or poor, public or private, secondary or elementary. The bad news is that harassment may be happening in your district on a daily basis. It may be happening in the halls, in the classrooms, in the cafeteria, on the playground, or in all the places that students congregate where adults are present. Dr. Bradley Scott, director of the IDRA South Central Collaborative for Equity, discusses types of racial and sexual harassment and what school leaders must be doing to prevent and deal with it.

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See resouce links and show notes below. (18 MB; 00:20:01 min.)


South Central Collaborative for Equity – The equity assistance center funded by the U.S. Department of Education to serve schools in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Equity Assistance Center Network – If you are in another state, find out which equity assistance center serves you.

U.S. Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Service

U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

U.S. Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools

Show Notes

00:00 Aurelio Montemayor opens the show. He describes the purpose of this podcast series and sample upcoming topics and introduces IDRA.

01:20 Aurelio invites listeners to leave feedback through e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or at

02:03 Aurelio talks about an upcoming IDRA event, “Valuing Underserved Secondary Students – Increasing School Holding Power and Celebrating Successes with Secondary Education,” in San Antonio on October 4-6.

03:09 Aurelio introduces the topic of this episode and introduces Dr. Bradley Scott.

04:00 Bradley discusses two areas of harassment in schools.

05:56 Bradley provides definitions of racial and sexual harassment.

08:17 Bradley discusses the obligations of school leaders to prevent harassment and to deal with it appropriately when it occurs. He includes examples.

15:54 Bradley describes services the South Central Collaborative for Equity provides to assist schools with this and related issues.

17:53 Bradley points to resources that are available online.

18:30 Bradley reminds listeners of the fines some schools are having to pay for not appropriately dealing with harassment and for not protecting their students.

19:51 Aurelio closes the show.

Show length: 20:01

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