Code No. 104
ANTI-BULLYING/HARASSMENT/SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY
Description of Bullying & Harassment
Bullying behaviors may look like, but are not limited to:
Often there is a power imbalance between the bully and the bullied student. And although bullying generally happens repeatedly, the board acknowledges the negative impact even one harassing interaction can cause to a student’s wellbeing.
Bullying of a Protected Class
Scope of the Policy
This policy is in effect while students or employees are on property within the jurisdiction of the board; while in school-owned or school-operated vehicles; while attending or engaged in school-sponsored activities; and while away from school grounds when the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school or school district.
Reporting Bullying and Harassment
Any student, staff member, or volunteer who witnesses or experiences bullying behavior can report the incident here. Any person who promptly, reasonably, and in good faith reports an incident of bullying or harassment under this policy to a school official, shall be immune from civil or criminal liability relating to such a report and to the person's participation in any administrative, judicial, or other proceeding relating to the report. Individuals who knowingly file a false complaint may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
Investigation, Procedures, and Prevention
The school or school district will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of bullying or harassment. The Superintendent or designee will be responsible for handling all complaints by students alleging bullying or harassment. The Superintendent or designee will be responsible for handling all complaints by employees alleging bullying or harassment.
It also is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the investigator and principals, to develop procedures regarding this policy. The current bullying and harassment procedures can be found here.
The superintendent also is responsible for organizing training programs for students, school officials, faculty, staff, and volunteers who have direct contact with students. The training will include how to recognize harassment and what to do in case a student is harassed. It will also include proven effective harassment prevention strategies. The superintendent will also develop a process for evaluating the effectiveness of the policy in reducing bullying and harassment in the school district. The superintendent shall report to the board on the progress of reducing bullying and harassment to the board.
Retaliation against any person, because the person has filed a bullying or harassment complaint or assisted or participated in a harassment investigation or proceeding, is also prohibited. Individuals who knowingly file false harassment complaints and any person who gives false statements in an investigation shall be subject to discipline by appropriate measures, as shall any person who is found to have retaliated against another in violation of this policy. Any person found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, suspension and expulsion.
Discipline and Remediation
20 U.S.C. §§ 1221-1234i (2012).
29 U.S.C. § 794 (2012).
42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d-2000d-7 (2012).
42 U.S.C. §§ 12001 et. seq. (2012).
Iowa Code§§ 216.9; 280.28,280.3 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.3(6).
Morse v. Frederick, 127 S.Ct. 26!8 (2007)
502 Student Discipline
503 Student Records
506 Student Rights and Responsibilities