Policy JICFC: Student-to-Student Harassment

Harassment prohibited by the Districts includes, but is not limited to, harassment on the basis of race, national origin, age, religion, gender, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, political party, or disability. Students whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion. (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 is designed to embarrass, distress, agitate, disturb or trouble students when:

  1. 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;

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

  3. 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:

  1. Verbal, physical, or written harassment or abuse

  2. Repeated remarks of a demeaning nature

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

  4. 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 a harassment complaint or assisted or participated in a harassment investigation or proceeding, is also prohibited. A student who is found to have retaliated against another in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension and expulsion.

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


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

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
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