Policy Code: JFBA
Adoption Date: Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
Review Date: Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
BULLYING, CYBER-BULLYING, HARASSMENT, HAZING, AND RETALIATION
The Iron School District strictly prohibits any act of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, or hazing on any school property or in conjunction with any school activity or function. Bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, and hazing includes, but is not limited to:
- Intentionally or knowingly committing an act that endangers the physical health or safety of a school employee or student.
- Any act that will harm, embarrass, or threaten an individual.
- Using the Internet, a cell phone, or another device to send or post text, video, or an image with the intent or knowledge, or with reckless disregard, that the text, video, or image will harm, embarrass, or threaten an individual.
- Any repeated communication, to another individual, in an objectively demeaning or disparaging manner.
- Any act that contributes to a hostile learning or work environment for an individual.
- Intentionally or knowingly committing an act that endangers the physical health or safety of a school employee or student for the purpose of initiation or admission into, affiliation with, holding office in, or as a condition for, membership or acceptance, or continued membership or acceptance, in any school or school sponsored team, organization, program, or event.
Additionally, all definitions and procedures included in state law 53A-11a-301 and Utah State School Board Policy R2777-613 will be followed by the Iron County School District.
Retaliation against anyone reporting or proactively involved in stopping bullying, or a related offence, or making a false allegation of bullying or a related offence, is prohibited.
Reporting: Each school shall publish in their handbook, or other readily available format, the names of school employees to whom bullying, and related offences, should be reported. These individuals will be responsible for investigating and responding to reports of bullying. Additionally, each school shall establish a procedure for involving parents, counselors or other appropriate individuals in resolving the bullying or hazing issue.
Actions Required: Verified violations of this policy shall result in consequences or penalties that may include, but are not limited to:
- Student suspension from school or removal from a team or organization
- Student suspension or expulsion or lesser disciplinary action
- Employee reassignment, suspension, or termination for cause or lesser disciplinary action
- Other action against student or employee as appropriate
- Parental notification will occur in all incidents of bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, harassment or retaliation
Actions must also include:
- Procedures for protecting the victim from further bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, harassment or retaliation
- Prompt reporting to law enforcement all acts of bullying related offences that constitute suspected criminal activities
- Procedures for protecting due process rights
- Formal disciplinary action may not be based solely on an anonymous report of bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, harassment or retaliation
Training: All school employees shall be trained regarding the prevention, identification, and response to bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, harassment, and retaliation. All students, school employees and volunteers involved in extracurricular activities shall participate in bullying and hazing prevention training.