Harassment and Cyberbullying
Harassment and Cyber bullying will not be tolerated and shall result in disciplinary action.
Harassment: Harassment is a single act or course of conduct directed toward an individual or group of people that serves no legitimate purpose other than to annoy, intimidate, frighten, alarm, torment, or abuse that person or group.
(ASD Student Handbook; Section III-2)
Cyber bullying: An act of cyber bullying is prohibited and will result in disciplinary action. Cyber bullying encompasses any of the already prohibited actions – such as bullying, discrimination, or harassment – accomplished through electronic means.
“Electronic means” include, but are not limited to, information and communication technologies such as e-mail, voice mail, cell phone and pager text messages, instant messaging (IM), personal Web sites, Weblogs, and online personal polling Web sites.
Examples of cyber bullying include:
- Posting slurs or rumors or other disparaging remarks about a student or staff member on any Web site or Weblog;
- Sending e-mail or instant messages that are harassing or threatening;
- Taking and sending an unauthorized and unwanted photograph of a student or staff member.
The District will discipline a student the district determines has engaged in cyber bullying that takes place on school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided transportation or at any official school bus stop, through the use of the District Internet system or on any District equipment, or at any time off-campus if the cyber bullying causes or threatens to cause a sub-
stantial and material disruption at school or interference with a student’s education or security. (ASD Student Handbook; Section III-3)
Any action by a student or parent deemed inappropriate will be fully investigated by the home school administrator.
Consequences for student actions that violate this policy shall be determined by the home school administrator and could result in removal from the course.