Bully / Harassment

Notice Regarding Nondiscrimination

 

The Monroe County Board of Education does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For further information on notice of non-discrimination: Visit http://wdcrobcolpo1.ed.gov/ CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

If a student feels discriminated against they should see Monroe County Title IX Director to fill out discrimination form. The form will have to be filed within 180 days.

Title IX Director

Monroe County Board of Education 109 Pickens Street

Monroeville, AL 36460

251-743-2150

You can also go to https://www.ascr.usda.gov/node/119 for USDA guidance on how to fill out a Program Discrimination Complaint. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's

TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the

letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 

Bullying and Harassment

Anti-harassment

Harassment, Violence, and Threats of Violence Prohibited

No student shall engage in or be subject to harassment, violence, threats of violence, or intimidation by any other student. Students who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary sanctions.

Definitions

The term “harassment” as used in this policy means a continuous pattern of intentional behavior that takes place on school property, on a school/bus, or at a school-sponsored function including, but not limited to, written, electronic, verbal, or physical acts that are reasonably perceived as being motivated by any characteristic of a student, or by the association of a student with an individual who has a particular characteristic. To constitute harassment, a pattern of behavior may do any of the following:

§ Place a student in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property

§ Have the effect of substantially interfering with the educational performance, opportunities, or benefits of a student

§ Have the effect of substantially disrupting or interfering with the orderly operation of the school

§ Have the effect of creating a hostile environment in the school, on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored function

§ Have the effect of being sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student

The term “violence” means the infliction of physical force by a student with the intent to cause injury to another student or damage to the property of another student.

The term “threat of violence” means an expression of intention to inflict injury or damage that is made by a student and directed to another student.

The term “intimidation” means a threat or other action that is intended to cause fear or apprehension in a student, especially for the purpose of coercing or deterring the student from participating in or taking advantage of any school program benefit, activity or opportunity for which the student is or would be eligible.

The term “student” means a child between the ages of 3 and 21 who is enrolled in the Monroe County School System.

 

Description of Behavior Expected of Students

A. Students are expected to treat other students with courtesy, respect, and dignity and comply with the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. Students are expected and required:

To comply with the requirements of law, policy, regulation, and rules prohibiting harassment, violence, or intimidation

To refrain from inflicting or threatening to inflict violence, injury, or damage to the person or property of another student

To refrain from placing another student in fear of being subjected to violence, injury, or damage when such actions or threats are reasonably perceived as being motivated by any personal characteristic of the student

B. Violence, threats of violence, harassment, and intimidation are prohibited and will be subject to disciplinary consequences and sanctions if the perpetrator of such action is found to have based the prohibited action on one or more of the following personal characteristics of the victim of such conduct:

The student’s race

• The student’s sex

The student’s religion

The student’s national origin

The student’s disability

 

The Monroe County Board of Education shall not allow harassment, violence, and threats of violence or intimidation for reasons not specifically listed. The Monroe County Board of Education has the authority to discipline students for acts of harassment, violence, threats of violence or intimidation not specifically listed herein. Students who engage in harassment, violence, threats of violence or intimidation not specifically covered by this policy may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.

Consequences for Violations

A series of graduated consequences for any violation of this policy will be those outlined in the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct or any rule or standard adopted by the Monroe County Board of Education.

Reporting, Investigation and Complaint Resolution Procedures

Complaints alleging violations of this policy must be made on Board approved complaint forms available at the principal’s and/or counselor’s office. The complaint must be signed by the student alleging the violation or by the student’s parent or legal guardian and delivered to the principal or the principal’s designee either by mail or personal delivery. At the request of the complaining student or the student’s parent or legal guardian, incidental or minor violations of the policy may be presented and resolved informally.

Acts of reprisal or retaliation against any student who has reported a violation of this policy or sought relief provided by this policy are prohibited, and are themselves in violation of this policy. Any confirmed acts of reprisal or retaliation will be subject to disciplinary sanctions that may include any sanction, penalty, or consequence that is available to school officials under the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. A student who deliberately, recklessly, and falsely accuses another student of a violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary sanctions as outlined in the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.

Sexual Harassment

Students shall not engage in conduct constituting sexual harassment. Sexual harassment, whether between students or between a student and an employee, is illegal and will not be tolerated. The Board will investigate all allegations of sexual harassment and take appropriate action against students who engage in sexual harassment. Sanctions against students for violation of this policy may include verbal or written warning, suspension, or expulsion.

Definition

Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advancement, request for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when the advances, requests, or conduct have the effect of interfering with performance of school related activities or creating an intimidating, hostile, or otherwise offensive environment in or near the school or school facility.

Complaint Procedure

A student who believes he or she has been or is being subjected to any form of sexual harassment shall immediately report the matter to the school counselor, principal or the Superintendent. Any student who becomes aware of or suspects that a student is being sexually harassed shall immediately report the information to the school counselor, principal or superintendent. A student's request to make his or her report of sexual harassment to someone of the same sex as the student shall be granted.