Bullying Policy

BULLYING

NDCC 15.1-19-17 Bullying – Definition
“Bullying” means: 

  1. Conduct that occurs in a public school, on school district premises, in a district owned or leased school bus or school vehicle, or at any public school or school district sanctioned or sponsored activity or event and which:
    1. Is so severe, pervasive, or objectively offensive that it substantially interferes with the student’s educational opportunities;
    2. Places the student in actual and reasonable fear of harm;
    3. Places the student in actual or reasonable fear of damage to property of the student; or
    4. Substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the public school; or
  2. Conduct that is received by a student while the student is in a public school , on school district premises, in a district owned or leased school bus or school vehicle, or at any public school or school district sanctioned or sponsored activity or event and which: 
    1. Is so severe pervasive, or objectively offensive that it substantially interferes with the student’s educational opportunities;
    2. Places the student in actual and reasonable fear of harm;
    3. Places the student in actual and reasonable fear of damage to property of the student; or substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the public school.

“Conduct” includes the use of technology or other electronic media.

DEFINITIONS
For the purposes of this policy: 

  • Bullying is defined as conduct prescribed in NDCC 15.1-19-17, which follows the insert definition.
  • Protected classes are classifications/characteristics protected from discrimination by NDCC 14- 02.4-01 and federal law. The following classes are protected: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), and status with regard to marriage or public assistance.
  • School property or the term on-campus refers to all property owned or leased by the District, school buses and other vehicles, or any school district sponsored or school-sanctioned activity.
  • School-sanctioned activity is defined as an activity that:
    • Is not part of the district’s curricular or extracurricular program; and
    • Is established by a sponsor to serve in the absence of a district program; and
    • Receive district support in multiple ways (i.e., not school facility use alone); and
    • Sponsor of the activity have agreed to comply with this policy; and
    • The District has officially recognized through board action as a school-sanctioned activity.
  • School sponsored activity is an activity that the District has approved through policy or other board action for inclusion in the district’s extracurricular program and is controlled and funded primarily by the District.
  • School staff includes all employees of the Hazen Public School, school volunteers, and sponsored of school-sanctioned activities.
  • True threat is a statement that, in light of the circumstances, a reasonable person would perceive as a serious expression of an intent to inflict harm.

PUBLICATIONS
While at a school sponsored activity, in a school district owned or leased school bus or vehicle, or while attending a school sponsored activity off the school campus, a student may not:

  1.  Engage in bullying;
  2.  Engage in reprisal or retaliation against:
    1.  A victim of bullying;
    2.  An individual who witnessed an alleged act of bullying;
    3.  An individual who provides information/participates in an investigation about an alleged act of bullying.
  3.  Examples of school sponsored activities would be athletics, music, school dances, FFA, and other organizations where the staff is paid to supervise the activities or is sanctioned or sponsored by the Hazen Public School. Examples of non-school activities would be Girl Scouts, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, out of school dance organizations, church groups, sporting teams not paid for or sanctioned by the Hazen Public School, and other organizations that are allowed to use school facilities but are not sponsored or sanctioned by the Hazen Public School. Non-school activities on school grounds should be aware of the school bullying policy but it is the supervisors of that responsibility to deal with their own issues.
  4.  Knowingly file a false bullying report with the District.

Off-campus bullying that is received on school property is also prohibited. The District has limited disciplinary authority to respond to such forms of bullying.

REPORTING PROCEDURES FOR ALLEGED POLICY VIOLATIONS

  •  Reporting requirements for school staff: Any school staff member with knowledge or suspicion of a violation of this policy or who has received an oral or written report of a violation of this policy from a student, community member, or anonymously shall contact the building principal to inform him/her as soon as possible. If the alleged violation implicates the building principal, the school staff member shall report it to the Superintendent. If the alleged violation implicates the Superintendent, the school staff member shall file it with the Board President. Should school administration determine that a school staff member knew of or suspected a violation of this policy and failed to report it in accordance with the procedure above, the staff member may be subject to disciplinary consequences or, for sponsors of school-sanctioned activities, other corrective measures.
  • Reporting options for students and community members: Students and community members (including parents) may report known or suspected violations of this policy using any of the following methods: 
  • Completing a written complaint form: A complainant will have the option of including his/her name on this form or filing it anonymously. The District will place the form in a variety of locations throughout the school and should inform students and staff of these locations. The form may be returned to any school staff member, filed in a school building’s main office, or placed in a designated drop box located in each school. o Complete and submit an online complaint form. A complainant will have the option of including his/her name on the form or submitting it anonymously. 
  • File an oral report with any school staff member.

A complaint filed anonymously may limit the district’s ability to investigate and respond to the alleged violations.

REPORTING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OTHER FORMS OF REDRESS
Anytime a school staff member has reasonable suspicion that a bullying incident constituted a crime, s/he shall report it to law enforcement. Also, nothing in this policy shall prevent a victim/his/her family from seeking redress under state and federal law.