Bullying – Dating Violence – Harassment
The Everman Independent School District is committed to providing a positive learning environment for all students that enhances personal safety and promotes respect, dignity, and fairness among students. High standards are expected for both academic achievement and for behavior.
EISD strives to ensure that all of its students and employees are free from bullying, sexual harassment, and dating violence. This includes electronic, written, oral or physical acts. All charges of bullying, sexual harassment, and dating violence are to be taken very seriously by students, faculty, staff, administration, and parents/guardians. EISD will make every effort to handle and respond to every charge and complaint filed by students and employees in a fair, thorough, and just manner. Every effort will be made to protect the due process rights of all victims and all alleged perpetrators.
Definition of Bullying:
Bullying is defined as written or oral expression or physical conduct that a school district’s board of trustees or the board’s designee determines:
- To have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property; or
- To be sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to create an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student
Definition of Harassment:
Harassment is defined as conduct that threatens to cause harm or bodily injury to another student, is sexually intimidating, causes physical damage to the property of another student, subjects another student to physical confinement or restraint or maliciously and substantially harms another student’s physical or emotional health or safety.
Definition of Sexual Harassment:
Sexual harassment is conduct that is severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive in such a manner that it can be said to deprive the victim of access to the educational opportunities or benefits provided by the school. It is a form of harassment that includes touching someone in ways that are not wanted, sexual jokes, pressuring someone to have sex, threats or intimidation from a dating partner, or any other form of harassment of a sexual nature that would make a reasonable person uncomfortable.
Definition of Dating Violence:
Dating violence is defined as the intentional use of physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse by a person to harm, threaten, intimidate, or control another person in a dating relationship. Dating violence is a pattern of coercive behavior that one partner exerts over the other for the purpose of establishing and maintaining power and control.
Definition of Sexual Violence:
Sexual violence is defined as sexual assault, sexual abuse, or sexual stalking of a minor child or teenager, including sexual violence committed by perpetrators who are strangers to the victim and by perpetrators who are known or related by blood or marriage to the victim. This definition includes behavior including but not limited to incest, molestation, child abuse, stranger rape and non-stranger rape.
Students who believe they have been harassed, bullied, or otherwise victimized by fellow students or EISD employees are encouraged to promptly report such incidents to the campus principal or other campus professional. To the greatest extent possible, complaints shall be treated as confidential. Limited disclosure may be necessary to complete a thorough investigation.
EISD Board Policies Regarding Bullying and Harassment
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