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HIB Defined


When trying to determine if an incident is HIB, compare it against the definition.


Bullying:
Bullying means an intentional electronic, written, verbal, nonverbal, psychological or physical
act or series of acts directed at another student or students, which occurs in and/or outside a
school setting, that is severe, persistent or pervasive and has the effect of doing any of the
following:[1]
1. Substantial interference with a student’s education.
2. Creation of a threatening environment.
3. Substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school.
Bullying is characterized by the following three (3) criteria:
1. It is aggressive behavior or intentional harm doing.
2. It is carried out repeatedly over time.
3. It occurs within an interpersonal relationship where there is an imbalance of power

 

Harassment:

Harassment shall consist of verbal, nonverbal, written, graphic or physical conduct relating to
an individual's sex, age, race, color, sexual orientation (known or perceived), gender identity
expression (known or perceived), national origin/ethnicity, religion, disability, English language
proficiency, socioeconomic status and/or political beliefs. Harassment does not have to include
intent to harm, be directed at a specific target, or involve repeated incidents. A single incident of
harassment may implicate more than one protected class. For example, a student may be targeted
because of his/her race and sexual orientation.


 

Sexual Harassment:

Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can include
unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, written,
graphic or physical conduct of a sexual nature.