Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation
Bylaws & Policies
 

5516 - STUDENT HAZING AND BULLYING

The School Board believes that hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational process and prohibits all such activities at any time in school facilities, on school property, and at any Corporation-sponsored event.

Hazing shall be defined for purposes of this policy as performing any act or coercing another, including the victim, to perform any act of initiation into any class, group, or organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental, emotional, or physical harm. Permission, consent, or assumption of risk by an individual subjected to hazing shall not lessen the prohibitions contained in this policy.

Administrators, faculty members, and other employees of the Corporation shall be alert particularly to possible situations, circumstances, or events which might include hazing. If hazing or planned hazing is discovered, the students involved shall be informed by the discoverer of the prohibitions contained in this policy and shall be ordered to end all hazing activities or planned activities immediately. All hazing incidents shall be reported immediately to the Superintendent. Students, administrators, faculty members, and other employees who fail to abide by this policy may be subject to disciplinary action and may be held personally liable for civil and criminal penalties in accordance with law.

The Superintendent shall incorporate this policy into building, staff, and student handbooks.

Student Bullying

 A.This rule applies when a student is:

  1.on school grounds immediately before or during school hours, immediately after school hours or at any other time when the school is being used by a school group (including summer school);

  2.off school grounds at a school activity, function or event;

  3.traveling to or from school or a school activity, function or event; or

  4.using property or equipment provided by the school.

 B.Bullying by a student or groups of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate or harm the other student through overt, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications transmitted and/or physical acts committed or any other similar behavior is prohibited.

 C.Parents or students who suspect that repeated acts of bullying are taking place should report the matter to the school principal or designee. School personnel will investigate all reports of bullying.

 D.Counseling, corrective discipline and/or referral to law enforcement will be used to change the behavior of the perpetrator. This includes appropriate intervention(s), restoration of a positive climate and support for victims and others impacted by the violation.

 E.Educational outreach and training will be provided to school personnel, parents and students concerning the identification, prevention and intervention in bullying.

 F.All schools in the Corporation are encouraged to engage students, staff and parents in meaningful discussions about the negative aspects of bullying. The parent involvement may be through parent organizations already in place in each school.

 G.This policy shall apply to Policy 5513 and any other policy concerning care of property, equipment and computers.

I.C. 35-42-2-2

Revised 8/8/05