Dr. Bradley Scott

Racial and Sexual Harassment – A School’s Legal Obligations – Podcast Episode 1 | Classnotes Podcast 1

Classnotes Podcast (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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Show length: 20:01


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

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Show Notes

  • 00:00 Aurelio Montemayor opens the show. He describes the purpose of this podcast series and sample upcoming topics and introduces IDRA. He invites listeners to leave feedback through e-mail to podcast@idra.org.

  • 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.