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Harassment

This section covers general, disability, sexual, and racial harassment.

Harassment is considered to have occurred when conduct: has the intent or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment, has the intent or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with a student’s academic performance, or otherwise adversely affects a student’s opportunities. Any gesture or written, verbal, or physical act which has the effect of harming another individual/group, damaging their property; placing the individual/group in reasonable fear; or has the effect of causing a disruption to the educational process. Inciting or encouraging others to commit such acts is also considered harassment.

19a. Harassment - General

Table 1: Consequences For General Harassment
OccurrenceConsequences –
Elementary
Consequences –
Middle/High
Asterisk (*) Indicates Required action
First Offense
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
  • School Contract
Second Offense
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
  • Referral to EOS if based on Protected Category*
  • School Contract
  • Short-term suspension
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
  • Referral to EOS if based on Protected Category*
  • School Contract
  • Short-term suspension
Third Offense
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
  • Referral to EOS if based on Protected Category*
  • Short-term suspension
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
  • Referral to EOS if based on Protected Category*
  • Short-term suspension

19b. Harassment Disability

Harassment is considered to have occurred when conduct: has the intent or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment, has the intent or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with a student’s academic performance, or otherwise adversely affects a student’s opportunities. Any gesture or written, verbal, or physical act which has the effect of harming another individual/group, damaging their property; placing the individual/group in reasonable fear; or has the effect of causing a disruption to the educational process. Inciting or encouraging others to commit such acts is also considered harassment. The prohibition includes but is not limited to, harassment, intimidation or abuse of students or others based on actual or perceived characteristics, such as disability, race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, religion, age, veteran status, HIV status, pregnancy and/or any other protected status as defined by law.

Conduct including but not limited to the following: mocking, taunting, intimidating, criticizing, or punishing a student/group with a disability because of their disability. (See Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act).

  • Repeatedly placing classroom furniture or other objects in the path of students who use wheelchairs or walking devices, impeding their mobility
  • Repeatedly belittling and criticizing a student for using accommodations in class
  • Taunting or belittling a student with disabilities by mocking and intimidation
  • Making remarks out loud during class that a student with a disability is “retarded” or “deaf and dumb” and does not belong in the class
  • Habitually subjecting a student to inappropriate physical restraint because of conduct related to their disability
  • Repeatedly denying a student with a disability access to lunch, recess, field trips, assemblies, or extra-curricular activities as punishment for taking time off from school for requires services related to the student’s disability
Table 2: Consequences For Disability Harassment
OccurrenceConsequences –
Elementary
Consequences –
Middle/High
Asterisk (*) Indicates Required action
First Offense
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
  • School Contract
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
  • School Contract
Second Offense
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
  • Referral to EOS*
  • School Contract
  • Short-term suspension
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
  • Referral to EOS*
  • School Contract
  • Short-term suspension
Third Offense
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
  • Referral to EOS*
  • Short-term suspension
  • Long-term Suspension
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
  • Referral to EOS*
  • Short-term suspension
  • Long-term Suspension

19c.Harassment Sexual

Harassment is considered to have occurred when conduct: has the intent or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment, has the intent or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with a student’s academic performance, or otherwise adversely affects a student’s opportunities. Any gesture or written, verbal, or physical act which has the effect of harming another individual/group, damaging their property; placing the individual/group in reasonable fear; or has the effect of causing a disruption to the educational process. Inciting or encouraging others to commit such acts is also considered harassment. The prohibition includes but is not limited to, harassment, intimidation or abuse of students or others based on actual or perceived characteristics, such as disability, race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, religion, age, veteran status, HIV status, pregnancy and/or any other protected status as defined by law.

Examples include but are not limited to the following:

  • Verbal harassment or abuse;
  • Subtle pressure for sexual activity;
  • Unwelcome or inappropriate sexually-motivated or intentional touching of intimate body parts;
  • Offensive or unwelcome sexual advances or propositions;
  • Graphic or degrading verbal comments about an individual or his/her physical attributes;
  • Conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service on participation in unwelcome sexual conduct;
  • Display of sexually suggestive objects, pictures, cards, or letters;
  • Lewd or suggestive comments or gestures;
  • Off-color language or jokes of a sexual nature;
  • Demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning an individual's employment or educational status;
  • Demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt promises of preferential treatment with regard to an individual's employment or student’s educational status;
  • Sexual violence, a physical act of aggression that includes a sexual act or purpose.

The school principal/designee should report incidents to the APS Office of Equal Opportunity Services (OEOS).

Table 3: Consequences For Sexual Harassment
OccurrenceConsequences –
Elementary
Consequences –
Middle/High
Asterisk (*) Indicates Required action
First Offense
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
  • School Contract
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
Second Offense
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
  • Referral to EOS*
  • School Contract
  • Short-term suspension
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
  • Referral to EOS*
  • School Contract
  • Short-term suspension
Third Offense
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
  • Referral to EOS*
  • Short-term suspension
  • Long-term Suspension
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
  • Referral to EOS*
  • Short-term suspension
  • Long-term Suspension

19d. Harassment Racial

Harassment is considered to have occurred when conduct: has the intent or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment, has the intent or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with a student’s academic performance, or otherwise adversely affects a student’s opportunities. Any gesture or written, verbal, or physical act which has the effect of harming another individual/group, damaging their property; placing the individual/group in reasonable fear; or has the effect of causing a disruption to the educational process. Inciting or encouraging others to commit such acts is also considered harassment. The prohibition includes but is not limited to, harassment, intimidation or abuse of students or others based on actual or perceived characteristics, such as disability, race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, religion, age, veteran status, HIV status, pregnancy and/or any other protected status as defined by law.

Conduct including but not limited to the following:

  • racial slurs
  • racial jokes
  • offensive or derogatory remarks
  • display of racially offensive material or symbols
  • exclusion from normal school activities based on student’s race or ethnicity

The school principal/designee should report incidents to the APS Office of Equal Opportunity Services (OEOS).

Table 4: Consequences For Racial Harassment
OccurrenceConsequences –
Elementary
Consequences –
Middle/High
Asterisk (*) Indicates Required action
First Offense
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
  • School Contract
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
Second Offense
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
  • Referral to EOS*
  • School Contract
  • Short-term suspension
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
  • Referral to EOS*
  • School Contract
  • Short-term suspension
Third Offense
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
  • Referral to EOS*
  • Short-term suspension
  • Long-term Suspension
  • Staff/Student Contact*
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference*
  • Referral to EOS*
  • Short-term suspension
  • Long-term Suspension