Bully and Harassment Prevention and Reporting

Bully and Harassment Prevention and Reporting

Bullying and Harassment Policy

It is our policy that all students and school employees have an educational setting that is safe,
secure, and free from harassment and bullying of any kind. Conduct that constitutes bullying or
harassment, as defined herein, is prohibited. Therefore, allegations of bullying will be promptly
investigated, giving due regard to the need for confidentiality and the safety of the victim and/or
any individual(s) who reports an incident(s) of bullying.

“Bullying” means systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on
one or more students or employees. It is further defined as unwanted and repeated written,
verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, by an
adult or student, that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive
educational environment; cause discomfort or humiliation; or unreasonably interfere with the
individual’s school performance or participation.

Examples or types of bullying include, but are not limited to:

• Physical: punching, shoving, poking, strangling, hair-pulling, beating, biting or excessive
• Verbal: hurtful name-calling, teasing or gossip;
• Emotional (psychological): rejecting, terrorizing, extorting, defaming, humiliating,
blackmailing, rating/ranking of personal characteristics such as race, disability, ethnicity,
or perceived sexual orientation, manipulating friendships, isolating, ostracizing or peer
• Sexual: many of the actions listed above as well as exhibitionism, voyeurism, sexual
propositioning, sexual harassment and abuse involving actual physical contact and
sexual assault. In many cases, gender and cross-gender sexual harassment may also
qualify as bullying;
• Cyber-bullying: the use of information and communication technologies such as email,
social media sites, cell phone, and text messages, instant messaging (IM), defamatory
personal web sites, and defamatory online personal pooling web sites, to support
deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to
threaten or harm others, or which substantially disrupts or interferes with the operation of
a school or an individual student’s ability to receive an education.

To view the full bullying and harassment policy document: please visit http://media.wix.com/ugd/a46e37_0c4288349980418fbb1997ea1320137f.pdf