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7:20 Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment Prohibited

No person, including a District employee or agent, shall harass, intimidate, or bully a student. Bullying is contrary to State law.

Bullying (includes “cyber-bullying";) means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student or students that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effects of one or more of the following:

        (1) place a student in reasonable fear of harm to his/her self or property

        (2) cause a substantially detrimental effect on a student's physical or mental health

        (3) substantially interfere with a student's academic performance

        (4) substantially interfere with a student's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges                    provided by a school.

Bullying may take various forms including one or more of the following: harassment, threats, intimidation, stalking, spreading rumors, physical violence, sexual harassment, sexual violence, theft, public humiliation, destruction of property, reporting or discussing a person’s alleged sexual activities, teasing related to sexual characteristics, or retaliation for asserting or alleging an act of bullying. This list is meant to be illustrative and non-exhaustive.

"Cyber-bullying"; means bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication. This includes the creation of communications of any sort or type in which the creator assumes the identity of another person. Electronic communication that meets the definition of bullying and causes a substantial disruption to the educational process or orderly operation of the school can be addressed by school administration, even if the communication originates from a non-school location.

No student shall be subjected to bullying or harassment:

        (1) during any school-sponsored education program or activity;

        (2) while in school, on school property, on school  buses or other school vehicles, at designated school bus stops                          waiting for the school bus, or at school-sponsored or school-sanctioned events or activities; or

        (3) through the transmission of information from a school computer, a school computer network, or other similar                      electronic school equipment.

        (4) through the transmission of information from a computer or electronic device that is accessed at a non-school                      related location (such as home) if it causes a substantial disruption to the educational process or orderly operation               of a school.

Building administrators will make all reasonable efforts to investigate after a report of an incident of bullying is received.   Interventions may include, but are not limited to, school discipline, school social work services, restorative measures, social-emotional skill building, counseling, school psychological services, and community-based services. Reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of bullying will result in school discipline that includes suspension and expulsion.

Students are encouraged to report claims or incidences of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, or any other prohibited conduct to the District Nondiscrimination Coordinator, Building Principal or Assistant Principal, Guidance Counselor, a Complaint Manager, or a teacher. A student may choose to report to a person of the same sex. Complaints will be kept confidential to the extent possible given the need to investigate.

-Bullying based on disability may violate civil rights laws as well as interfere with a student's receipt of special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). When bullying and harassment is based on race, color, national origin, sex or disability; and/or when bullying of a student with a disability results in the student not receiving meaningful educational benefit under IDEA, the school must remedy the problem.

-“District agent"; includes persons employed by, on contract with, or who volunteer in a school district. ADOPTED: February 23, 2015

LEGAL REF.: 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., Title IX of the Educational Amendments.
34 C.F.R. Part 106.
105 ILCS 5/10-20.12, 10-22.5, 5/27-1, and 5/27-23.7.
775 ILCS 5/1-101 et seq., Illinois Human Rights Act.
23 Ill.Admin.Code §1.240 and Part 200.
Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, 119 S.Ct. 1661 (1999).
Franklin v. Gwinnett Co. Public Schools, 112 S.Ct. 1028 (1992).
Gebser v. Lago Vista Independent School District, 118 S.Ct. 1989 (1998).
West v. Derby Unified School District No. 260, 206 F.3d 1358 (10th Cir., 2000).

REVIEWED: March 2016