Bullying and Harassment

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    The Maryville City school district prohibits bullying on school property, at school-sponsored or school-related activities, or in any vehicle operated by the district.  Bullying may be verbal or written expression or expression through electronic means, or physical conduct.  Bullying is not tolerated by the district and any student or parent/legal guardian of a student who believes that the student or another student has experienced bullying or that a student has engaged in bullying is encouraged to immediately report the incident.   
     
    Students or parents may report an alleged incident of bullying,  orally or in writing, to a teacher, counselor, principal.  In the event an employee is cited in the complaint, the Director of Schools will be notified immediately.  See policy and procedure details below for more information about reporting.
     
     
    BOARD POLICY 10.5.8
    Student Discrimination, Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying, or Cyber Bullying
      
    This content was current when posted on June 21, 2017.  To make sure you have the latest, updated text, please link to our School Board section, under policies and procedures: https://www.maryville-schools.org/Page/448   
     
    Students shall be provided a safe learning environment free from sexual, racial, ethnic, religious discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyberbullying. This policy addresses conduct taking place on school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided transportation, or any official school bus stop immediately before boarding and immediately following de-boarding. If the act takes place off school property or outside of a school-sponsored activity, an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying occurs if the act is directed specifically at a student or students and has the effect of creating a hostile educational environment or otherwise creating a substantial disruption to the educational environment or learning process.
     
    Discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying of students will not be tolerated. Discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying means any act that substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities, or performance.
     
    In compliance with TCA Sec. 49-6-1014-1019, it is a violation for any student to harass, intimidate, bully or cyberbully or create a hostile educational environment for another student.
     
    Complaints of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyber bullying should be reported to a faculty member or administrator. The Director of Schools will ensure each principal has established appropriate written procedures to handle complaints. (See Procedures Section 10.5.7) If there is an allegation of a student discriminated against, harassed, intimidated, bullied, or cyberbullied by a faculty member, the complaint should be reported to the employee’s supervisor. A substantiated charge against an employee shall result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.  
     
     
    School Board Procedure:  10.5.7
    This procedure is reviewed each year in November. The text noted below was reviewed in 2016 (November) and is subject to change as needed.  Contact the district office or the School Board section of this site for the most current information. 
     
    Discrimination, Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying or Cyber Bullying Descriptor
    Review Date: 11/14/16 
     
    A student may report discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying to any faculty member. If the discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying is from other student(s), the faculty member will resolve it or, if they cannot resolve it, report the complaint to the principal or his/her designee. If the discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying is from anyone else, the faculty member will report it immediately to the principal. Oral reports will also be considered official reports. Reports may be made anonymously, but formal disciplinary action may not be based solely on the basis of an anonymous report. The willful filing of a false report will itself be considered harassment and will be treated as such. The principal will then proceed as follows:
     
    1. Note the person(s) involved in the harassment complaint;
    2. Record a description of the incident;
    3. Investigate the complaint and note findings;
    4. Maintain a confidential file of all actions/findings/proceedings. No reprisals or retaliation shall occur as a result of good faith reporting of charges of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying;
    5. If a critical situation exists, or if the complaint involves any employee, immediately notify the Director of Schools;
    6. Consequences and appropriate remedial action for students who commit acts of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying may result in corrective or disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion. The appropriate action will be consistent with local established policy, case law, Federal and State statutes, school policies and regulations.