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Section 1. Harassment, Violence, and Threats of Violence Prohibited.
No student shall engage in or be subjected to harassment, violence, threats of violence, or
intimidation by any other student that is based on any of the specific characteristics that have
been identified by the Board in this policy. Students who violate this policy will be subject to
Section 2. Definitions.
(a) 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, if the characteristic falls into one of the
categories of personal characteristics set forth in Section 3(b) below. 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 intimidation, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a
(b) The term "violence" as used in this policy 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.
(c) The term "threat of violence" as used in this policy means an expression of
intention to inflict injury or damage that is made by a student and directed to
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(d) The term "intimidation" as used in this policy means a threat of 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, benefits, activity or opportunity for which the student is or would
(e) The term "student" as used in this policy means a student who is enrolled in the
Lawrence County school system.
Section 3. Description of Behavior Expected of Students.
(a) Students are expected to treat other student with courtesy, respect, and dignity and
comply with the Code of Student Conduct. Students are expected and required
(1) to comply with the requirements of law, policy, regulation, and rules
prohibiting harassment, violence, or intimidation; (2) to refrain from inflicting or
threatening to inflict violence, injury, or damage to the person or property of
another student; and (3) 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 that is identified in this policy.
(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 of 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; or
• The student's disability.
Section 4. Consequences for Violations.
A series of graduated consequences for any violation of this policy will be those outlined
in the Code of Student Conduct or any rule or standard adopted under authority of this policy.
Section 5. Reporting, Investigation, and Complaint Resolution Procedures.
(a) Complaints alleging violations of this policy must be made on Board approved
complaint forms available at the principal 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 of legal guardian, incidental or minor violations of the policy
may be presented and resolved informally.
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(b) Upon receipt of the complaint, the principal or the principal's designee will, in
their sole discretion, determine if the complaint alleges a serious violation of this
policy. If the principal or the principal's designee will undertake an investigation
of the complaint. The investigation will entail the gathering of relevant facts and
evidence and will be conducted in a reasonably prompt time period taking into
account the circumstances of the complaint. If the investigation establishes a
violation, appropriate disciplinary sanctions will be imposed on the offending
student(s). Other measures that are reasonably calculated to prevent a recurrence
of the violation(s) may also be imposed by the principal or the school system.
(c) 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 a violation of this policy. Any confirmed acts of reprisal or retaliation
will be subject to disciplinary sanctions and may include any sanction, penalty, or
consequence that is available to school officials under the Code of Student
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 Code of Student Conduct.
(d) The complaint form developed to report violations of this policy will include a
provision for reporting a threat of suicide by a student. If a threat of suicide is
reported, the principal or the principal's designee will inform the student's parent
or guardian of the report.
Section 6. Promulgation of Policy and Related Procedures, Rules, and Forms.
This policy and any procedures, rules, and forms developed and approved to implement
the policy will be published, disseminated, and made available to students, parents and legal
guardians, and employees by such means and methods as are customarily used for such purposes,
including publication on the Lawrence County School's Web site.
Adopted: December 7, 2009
Lawrence County Schools
Report of Harassment Form
A complaint of a student alleging the violation of harassment must be signed by the
student and/or the student's parent or guardian and delivered to the principal or the
principal's designee either by mail or personal delivery. See Policy JDDAA. If a threat
of suicide is reported, the principal or designee will inform parent or guardian.
Student's Name: ____________________________________________
Description of Harassing
Use Back page if more space needed:
Student(s) Involved Names: ________________________________________________
Student's or Parent's/Guardian's Signature,
Principal's/Designee's Documentation on back or attached:
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