Section1. Harassment, Violence, and Threats of Violence Prohibited.
No student shall engage in
or be subjected to harassment, violence, threats of violence, or
intimidation by any other student that is based on any of the specific
characteristics that have been identified by the Board in this policy.
Students who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary
Section 2. Definitions.
(a) The term
"harassment" as used in this policy means a continuous pattern of
intentional behavior that takes place on school property, on a school
bus, or at a school-sponsored function including, but not limited to,
written, electronic, verbal, or physical acts that are reasonable
perceived as being motivated by any characteristic of a student, or by
the association of a student with an individual who has a particular
characteristic, if the characteristic falls into one of the categories
of personal characteristic set forth in Section 3(b) below. To
constitute harassment, a pattern of behavior may do any of the
Place a student in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property
Have the effect of substantially interfering with the educational performance, opportunities, or benefits of a student.
Have the effect of substantially disrupting or interfering with the orderly operation of the school.
Have the effect of creating a hostile
environment in the school, on school property, on a school bus, or at a
Have the effect of being sufficiently
severe, persistent, or pervasive enough to create an intimidating,
threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.
The term "violence" as used in this policy means the infliction of
physical force by a student with the intent to cause injury to another
student or damage to the property of another student.
(c) The term "Threat of violence" as
used in this policy means an expression of intention to inflict injury
or damage that is made by a student and directed to another student.
(d) The term "intimidation" as used
in this policy means a threat or other action that is intended to cause
fear or apprehension in a student, especially for the purpose of
coercing or deterring the student from participating in or taking
advantage of any school program, benefit, activity or opportunity for
which the student is or would be eligible.
(e) The term "student" as used in this policy means a student who is enrolled in the Etowah County School System.
Section 3. Description of Behavior Expected of Students.
Students are expected to treat other students with courtesy, respect,
and dignity and comply with the Code of Student Conduct. Students are
expected and required (1) to comply with the requirements of law,
policy, regulation, an rules prohibiting harassment, violence, or
intimidation; (2) to refrain from inflicting or threatening to inflict
violence, injury, or damage to the person or property of another
student; and (3) to refrain from placing another student in fear of
being subjected to violence, injury, or damage when such actions or
threats are reasonably perceived as being motivated by any personal
characteristic of the student that is identified in this policy.
(b) Violence, threats of violence,
harassment, and intimidation are prohibited and will be subject to
disciplinary consequences and sanctions if the perpetrator of such
action is found to have based the prohibited action on one or more of
the following characteristics of the victim of such conduct:
Section 4. Consequences for Violations.
series of graduated consequences for any violation of this policy will
be those outlined in the Code of Student Conduct or any rule or standard
adopted under authority of this policy.
Section 5. Reporting, Investigation, and Complaint Resolution Procedures.
Complaints alleging violations of this policy must be made on Board
approved complaint forms available at the principal and/or counselor’s
office. The complaint must be signed by the student alleging the
violation or by the student’s parent of legal guardian and delivered to
the principal or the principal’s designee either by mail or personal
delivery. At the request of the complaining student or the student’s
parent or legal guardian, incidental or minor violations of the policy
may be presented and resolved informally.
(b) Upon receipt of the complaint,
the principal or the principal’s designee will, in their sole
discretion, determine if the complaint alleges a serious violation of
this policy. If the principal or the principal’s designee determines
that the complaint alleges a serious violation, the principal or the
principal’s designee will undertake an investigation of the complaint.
The investigation will entail the gathering of relevant facts and
evidence and will be conducted in a reasonably prompt time period taking
into account the circumstances of the complaint. If the investigation
establishes a violation, appropriate disciplinary sanctions will be
imposed on the offending student(s). Other measures that are reasonably
calculated to prevent a recurrence of the violation(s) may also be
imposed by the principal or the school system.
(c) Acts of reprisal or retaliation
against any student who has reported a violation of this policy or
sought relief provided by this policy are prohibited, and are themselves
a violation of this policy. Any confirmed acts of reprisal or
retaliation will be subject to disciplinary sanctions that may include
any sanction, penalty, or consequence that is available to school
officials under the Code of Student Conduct. A student who deliberately,
recklessly, and falsely accuses another student of a violation of this
policy will be subject to disciplinary sanctions as outlined in the
Student Code of Conduct.
(d) The complaint form developed to
report violations of this policy will include a provision for reporting a
threat of suicide by a student. If a threat of suicide is reported, the
principal or the principal’s designee will inform the student’s parent
or guardian of the report.
Section 6. Promulgation of Policy and Related Procedures, Rules, and Forms.
policy and any procedures, rules, and forms developed and approved to
implement the policy will be published, disseminated, and made available
to students, parents and legal guardians, and employees by such means
and methods as are customarily used for such purposes, including
publication on the Etowah County Board of Education’s Web site.