Bullying, Hazing and Harassment

It is the policy of this school district that no student or employee of the district shall participate in or be a member of any secret fraternity or secret organization that is any degree related to the school or to a school activity. No student in this school district will be subject to hazing, harassment, or any other form of persecution by any student or employee whether connected to any secret fraternity or organization or not. For the purpose of this policy, hazing is defined as the deliberate harassment of a student to perform meaningless, difficult, or humiliating tasks.

This policy is not intended to deprive school district authorities from taking necessary and appropriate disciplinary action toward any student or employee. Students or employees who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action which may include suspension for students and employment termination for employees. A copy of this policy will be furnished to each student in the district.

"Harassment, intimidation, and bullying" means any gesture, written or verbal expression, or physical act that a reasonable person should know will harm another student, damage another student's property, place another student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or damage to the student's property, or insult or demean any student or group of students in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school's educational mission or the education of any student. "Harassment, intimidation, and bullying" include, but are not limited to, a gesture or written, verbal, or physical act.

"At school" means on school grounds, in school vehicles, at designated school bus stops, at school-sponsored activities, or at school-sanctioned events.