GEB Proposes Two Draft Sexual Harassment Policies; One for Students, One for Employees

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The board is taking a look at the current Board Policy 409 Prevention and Intervention Against Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying, Cyberbullying, Sexting and Sexual Harassment.

Guam – The Guam Education Board is in the process of strengthening their sexual harassment policy.

 

This follows last week’s oversight hearing where lawmakers scolded the board about how it handled the sexual harassment allegations made against Guam Department of Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez. Specifically, they were grilled about not launching an internal investigation, not placing Fernandez on leave immediately, and not reporting the allegations to law enforcement. This week, the Guam Education Board held a work session to review the proposed draft of a new policy for employees. Currently, according to GDOE Deputy Superintendent Chris Anderson, Board Policy 409 Prevention and Intervention Against Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying, Cyberbullying, Sexting and Sexual Harassment covers both students and employees but the board has agreed that they should be separate. In addition, there will be two separate Standard Operating Procedure’s that have all the operational requirements. Anderson says another work session is scheduled next week to review the student version and several other work sessions will be held before it’s presented to the board meeting for adoption.