Merced Youth Demand Changes to Sexual Harassment Policy at School

June 13, 2018 · 

Girls and Womyn of Color youth and staff advocated and facilitated for the passing of several policies that will create safer conditions for students and staff at Merced Union High School District. The school board adopted the following changes:

  1. Youth will be represented on the School Board, either as appointed members or with voting rights by January 2019 to ensure that youth have a say in creating policies that protect them from sexual harassment, among other key issues.
  2. Sexual harassment and assault reporting protocols will be updated.
  3. Sexual assault and harassment prevention education for both students and staff will be added to the curriculum in all four years of high school.
  4. A staff position will be created exclusively for handling reports of of sexual harassment and to support anyone affected.