For the purposes of policy making, it is important to include clear definitions of bullying and harassment. We understand that the realities of bullying cannot be easily sumarized or categorized in to one defintion. We do not intend to limit the scope of bullying through this definition, but have crafted this language for explicit use in policy.
Bullying means written, verbal, or physical conduct that adversely affects the ability of one or more students to participate in or benefit from the school’s educational program or activities by placing the student (or students) in reasonable fear of physical harm. This includes, but is not limited to, conduct that is based on a student’s actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other distinguishing characteristics that may be defined by the state or state educational agency. This also includes association with a person or group with one or more of the abovementioned characteristics, whether actual or perceived.
For more information, download our Model Policy Guide.