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Sexual Misconduct Guidance

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October 3, 2016

Recently, a guidance package was released by the U.S. Department of Education in an effort to help schools prevent and eliminate peer-to-peer sexual harassment and sexual violence, comply with Title IX sex discrimination prohibitions and create a positive school climate.

The package may be accessed here

The package contains multiple materials including administrator guidance, online learning modules for school faculty and staff, a response team planning guide and trauma sensitivity training. Additionally, the package includes a school leader area with resources for Title IX coordinators, for working with law enforcement and for learning about trauma and bias.  

Further, numerous handouts are provided for faculty and staff, which outline what to do in specific situations. The worksheets are designed to guide staff examining the school environment and developing self-care habits. If you have any questions or concerns about the content, please let me know.

About the Author

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Terri Thomas

Director of Legal Services

Terri Thomas serves as Director of Legal Services for OPSRC.  Ms. Thomas is an attorney practicing exclusively in the area of Oklahoma school law, with a primary focus on rural and smaller school districts. Prior to OPSRC, she served as legal counsel for the Organization of Rural Oklahoma Schools (OROS) from 1999 to 2015 and represents many school districts throughout all parts of the state.

It’s no accident that Terri wound up practicing school law.  She grew up in the school business. Terri’s father, the late Howard Thomas, was a school superintendent for 25 years in several Oklahoma school districts, including Pauls Valley—Terri’s hometown—and Ardmore. After graduating from Pauls Valley High School, Terri received her bachelor’s degree in Finance from Southern Methodist University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

She and her husband, Norman Thompson, and their 8-year old daughter, Mary, reside in Oklahoma City.

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