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502.12 Bullying and Harassment - Prohibited

Bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment, is strictly prohibited. The District is committed to maintaining an educational environment free of any form of bullying or harassment by or towards students, parents/guardians, employees, and volunteers while in school, at a school sponsored activity or at any school sponsored function.

 

Individuals are encouraged to immediately report incidents of harassment. This policy will set forth the procedures that will be used in filing, investigating, and resolving complaints of bullying and harassment brought by students, parents, and staff.

 

This policy is in effect while students are on school grounds, school district property, or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school-owned and/or school-operated buses, vehicles or chartered buses; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school district.

 

Bullying and harassment prohibited by the District includes, but is not limited to, any act or conduct on the basis of actual or perceived age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, family status, or genetic information, and which creates an objectively hostile school environment that meets one or more of the following conditions:

  • Places the target in reasonable fear of harm to the target’s person or property.
  • Has a substantially detrimental effect on the target’s physical or mental health.
  • Has the effect of substantially interfering with a target’s academic performance.
  • Has the effect of substantially interfering with the target’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
  • Is sufficiently serious that it interferes with or limits the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the school’s program.

 

Acts of harassment or bullying may be treated as grounds for discipline. Discipline may include suspension, expulsion or the restriction of a student for the purposes of ensuring the safety of other students, termination of an employee, and exclusion of a volunteer from District activities or school premises. 

 

Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition or 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 or unreasonably interfering with a student’s performance or creating an intimidating, offensive or hostile learning environment.

 

Sexual harassment as set out above, may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Verbal, electronic, or written harassment or abuse;
  • Pressure for sexual activity;
  • Repeated remarks to a person with sexual or demeaning implications;
  • Unwelcome touching;
  • Suggesting or demanding sexual involvement, accompanied by implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, achievements, etc.; and/or
  • Sexual violence and other harassment based on sex.

 

Harassment on the basis of actual or perceived age, race, sex, creed, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or physical or mental disability means conduct of a verbal or physical nature that is designed to embarrass, distress, agitate, disturb or trouble students when:

  • 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, offensive or hostile learning environment.

 

Harassment as set forth above may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Verbal, physical, electronic, or written harassment or abuse;
  • Repeated remarks of a demeaning nature;
  • Implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, achievements, etc.;
  • Demeaning jokes, stories, or activities directed at the student;
  • Unreasonable interference with a student’s performance or creation of an intimidating, offensive or hostile learning environment.

 

The district will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of harassment. Investigation procedures are set forth in Board Policy No. 502.12R1. Nothing in this policy shall be construed as preventing or discouraging a student from filing a concurrent criminal complaint.

 

The building principal will be responsible for receiving, investigating, and resolving all complaints of student harassment. The Superintendent may appoint another building principal or appropriate designee to serve as the investigator where appropriate.

 

Upon receiving a complaint that articulates bullying or harassment, whether the complaint is formal or informal, the investigator shall interview the complainant, the target student (if someone other than the student initiates the complaint), the alleged harasser, and any witnesses that may be identified by any party as having knowledge of the complaint. The investigator shall also determine whether any interim measures, including schedule changes, increased staff supervision, or a pre-investigation safety plan are necessary, given the circumstances of the complaint. Any interim measures taken shall not be deemed “disciplinary” in nature, nor shall they constitute an investigative finding against any individual.

 

No Retaliation. Retaliation by any student or staff member against an individual because that person filed or participated in the investigation of a complaint of bullying or harassment under this policy, is expressly prohibited. A student or staff member who is found to have retaliated against another in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline up to and including suspension and expulsion or termination.

 

It shall also be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the investigator and principals, to develop administrative rules regarding this policy. The superintendent shall also be responsible for organizing training programs for students and employees. The training shall include how to recognize bullying and harassment, and how to file a complaint if a student is being bullied or harassed. District administration responsible for conducting investigations shall also receive periodic training in conducting fair and impartial investigations under Board policy and federal and state law.

This policy, along with Board Regulation 502.12R1 (Student Harassment Investigation Procedures), and the Harassment Complaint Form and Witness Report Form shall be available on the District’s website (www.pcmonroe.k12.ia.us) and in the main office of each attendance center in the District.

 

Contact Information. The following contact information may be used to contact the building principal to initiate a complaint under this policy:

 

PCM High School

400 East Highway 163

Monroe, IA 50170

Tel: 641.259.2315

Fax: 641.259.2317

 

PCM Middle School

407 East Plainsmen Road
Prairie City, IA 50228
Tel: 515.994.2686
Fax: 515.994.3342

 

Prairie City Elementary 

309 East Plainsmen Road

Prairie City, IA 50228

Tel: 515.994.2377

Fax: 515.994.3280

 

Monroe Elementary

400 North Jasper
Monroe, IA 50170
Tel: 641.259.2314
Fax: 641.259.2944

 

 

Approved   05/19/97       Reviewed 10/17/2016     Revised 10/17/2016