Policy JICFC: Student-to-Student Harassment

Harassment prohibited by the Districts includes, but is not limitedto, harassment on the basis of race, national origin, age, religion,gender, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, genderidentity, economic status, political party, or disability. Studentswhose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will besubject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension orexpulsion. (see Policy AC Non-Discrimination, Policy JICK Sexual Harassment of Students, Policy JICFB Bullying, and Policy IJNDB Acceptable Network Use)

Harassment refers to conduct of a verbal or physical nature that isdesigned to embarrass, distress, agitate, disturb or trouble studentswhen:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a student’s education or of a student’s participation in school programs or activities;

  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is used as the basis for decisions affecting the student, or;

  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student’s performance or creating an intimidating or hostile learning environment.

  • Harassment as described above may include, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal, physical, or written harassment or abuse

  • Repeated remarks of a demeaning nature

  • Implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, achievements, or other school matters

  • Demeaning jokes, stories, or activities directed at the student

  • The District will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of harassment.

    Retaliation against a student, because a student has filed aharassment complaint or assisted or participated in a harassmentinvestigation or proceeding, is also prohibited. A student who is foundto have retaliated against another in violation of this policy will besubject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension andexpulsion.

    The Superintendent will develop administrative guidelines and procedures for the implementation of this policy.

    LEGAL REF:

    MGL 151B:3A Title VII, Section 703, Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended
    Board of Education 603 CMR 26:00

    CROSS REF:

    Policy AC
    Policy JICK
    Policy JICFB
    Policy IJNDB

    Region Voted to Approve: 10/10/06
    Amherst Voted to Approve: 11/14/06
    Pelham Voted to Approve: 11/02/06
    Effective Date: 11/14/06