Lansing Schools update ‘sexual violence’ policy

(WLNS) — In September the U.S. Department of Education launched an investigation into The Lansing School District for sexual violence and Title IX compliance.

A spokesperson for the District says administrators have been fully co-operating with investigators since the beginning, and their work was on display during Thursday’s School Board meeting.

The Board unveiled a new sexual violence policy that will become an amendment to the current Student Code of Conduct.

Policies in the school code, regarding sexual violence, had already been expanded for the current school year.

The 2016/2017 policies on sexual harassment now include examples and scenarios, which were not found on the books the previous year.

School officials have also gone into more detail to define ‘sexual assault’, clearly explain directions for students follow if they feel threatened, and what the process will be like after making the report.

” All those types of things were in different sections of the policy manual to begin with but we’ve brought them together in one area. We just really wanted to summarize that process in one place so that’s everyone’s rights were well known and everyone’s processes were spelled out,” says School Board President Peter Spadafore.

6 News will continue to keep you updated on the federal investigation.

To take a look at the new policy, click here.


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