Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Tip
There are three key indicators that help school administrators determine if an incident violates regulations.
- Repeated - Is the behavior ongoing or taking place over a period of time?
- Intentional - Is the behavior targeted at an individual or group of students?
- Power Imbalance - Does the individual have influence over other students? Are they in a position of influence/leadership?
It is important to note, that an incident is not required to have all of these characteristics in order to constitute a HIB violation, if you are unsure you should always report anyway and let your school administrator decide.
Bullying includes cyberbullying and means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student or students that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:
- Placing the student or students in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s or students’ person or property;
- Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s or students’ physical or mental health;
- Substantially interfering with the student’s or students’ academic performance; or
- Substantially interfering with the student’s or students’ ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.