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Discrimination and Harassment

What is unlawful harassment or discrimination?

Federal and California law protects students, and employees, from unlawful discriminatory harassment, intimidation, bullying (including cyberbullying), or retaliation on the basis of actual or perceived possession of one or more of the following protected characteristics, or association with a person or group who has one or more protected characteristics.

Protected Characteristics:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression)
  • Mental or physical disability
  • Age
  • Religion
  • Height or weight (obesity)
  • Marital or family status
  • Military status
  • Ancestry
  • Genetic information

Bullying and Cyberbullying Square

FMSD is committed to providing students with a school community free from bullying.  The school site is responsible for investigating allegations of bullying or harassment. 

If you or someone you know is a victim of bullying or harassment, please report the incident directly to your school site administrator.  

If the bullying is based on a protected characteristic (such as race, sex, religion, etc.), you may immediately file a complaint with the District.


In California, public schools are legally required to provide a safe, inclusive, and supportive learning environment for LGBTQQIA+ students. 

File a Uniform Complaint


Uniform Complaint Form

Title IX

Sexual harassment and sex-based discrimination