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									Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Policy No. 3207
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PROHIBITION OF HARASSMENT,
INTIMIDATION AND BULLYING
The District is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, free from
harassment, intimidation or bullying. “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any
intentionally written message or image, including those that are electronically transmitted (also
known as “cyberbullying”), verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be
motivated by any characteristic in RCW 9A.36.080(3), (race, color, religion, ancestry, national
origin, gender, sexual orientation or mental or physical disability), or other distinguishing
characteristics, when the intentional written, verbal, or physical act:
• Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; or
• Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; or
• Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening
educational environment; or
• Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
“Other distinguishing characteristics” can include but are not limited to: physical appearance,
clothing or other apparel, socioeconomic status, gender identity, and marital status. Nothing in
this section requires the affected student to actually possess a characteristic that is a basis for the
harassment, intimidation, or bullying. “Intentional acts” refers to the individual’s choice to
engage in the act rather than the ultimate impact of the action(s).
This policy is not intended to prohibit expression of religious, philosophical, or political views,
provided that the expression does not substantially disrupt the educational environment. Many
behaviors that do not rise to the level of harassment, intimidation or bullying may still be
prohibited by other district policies or building, classroom, or program rules.
Harassment, intimidation or bullying can take many forms including: slurs, rumors, jokes,
innuendos, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats,
written, oral or physical actions, and electronically transmitted messages or images. False
reports or retaliation for harassment, intimidation or bullying also constitute violations of this
policy.
The Superintendent is authorized to direct the development and implementation of regulations
addressing the elements of this policy, consistent with the complaint and investigation
components of Regulation 3211R Harassment – Racial and Other Forms.
Cross References
Policy 3200 Student Rights and Responsibilities
Policy 3210 Nondiscrimination
Policy 3211 Harassment, Racial and Other Forms
Policy 3240 Student Conduct
Policy 5275 Sexual Harassment
Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Policy No. 3207
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Legal Reference
RCW 28A.300.285 Harassment, intimidation and bullying prevention policies
Adopted 09-22-03
Revised 04-12-04
Revised 07-14-08
Harassment - Racial and Other Forms Policy No. 3211
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HARASSMENT - RACIAL AND OTHER FORMS
The Puyallup School District shall provide a working and educational environment for students
and employees that is free from any form of harassment. Harassment is behavior of a nonverbal,
verbal, written, graphic, sexual, or physical nature that is directed at an individual or group on
the basis of race, gender, national origin, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation,
disability, or any other protected class. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, abusive
language; taunting; racial, sexual or ethnic slurs; jokes; pictures; gestures; implied or overt
threats of physical violence; refusing to permit full participation in activities; physical acts of
aggression toward a person or property; graffiti, slogans, or visual displays depicting
inappropriate sentiments or images; and, inappropriate physical contact, bullying, and
intimidation.
Racial harassment is behavior based on race or color and has the intent or affect of limiting the
ability of a student or school employee to participate in or benefit from educational services,
activities, and privileges. Racially motivated behavior is discriminatory and is a violation of
District policy and regulations and may also violate criminal and other state and federal antidiscrimination
laws.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It includes, but is not limited to,
unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical
conduct of a sexual nature. Quid Pro Quo harassment is the submission to unwelcome sexual
behavior as a condition of employment, assignment, promotions, or educational decisions
regarding grades and participation in District programs or activities. Sexual harassment is a form
of sex discrimination and therefore a violation of District policy and regulations and may also be
a violation of criminal and other state and federal laws.
The District shall not tolerate any behavior or activity that tends to create or would create, if
uncorrected, a hostile, offensive, or abusive work or learning environment. Students, District
employees, volunteers, District vendors, or any other individuals whose behavior violates the
policy shall be disciplined or subject to consequences. Discipline and/or consequences may
include suspension, expulsion, dismissal, or termination of services. The District has the
authority to report violations of this policy to law enforcement. Retaliation against a student or
staff that initiates a harassment complaint or assists in the investigation of a complaint is
prohibited. A student or staff member who is found to have retaliated against another in violation
of this policy will be subject to discipline.
Disciplinary action for students guilty of racial or other forms of harassment will be dependent
upon, but not limited to, the student’s attitude; intent; the effect on other students and/or staff;
mitigating circumstances; and, the student’s discipline history. Based on these factors a more or
less severe punishment may be imposed, from school discipline to expulsion. A course in
diversity covering the topics found herein may be required as part of the disciplinary procedures
for students.
Harassment - Racial and Other Forms Policy No. 3211
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Staff member disciplinary action may be initiated with a conference, include a course in diversity
covering the topics found herein and may progress to termination. Adults attending school
activities who engage in harassment, racial or otherwise may be asked to leave school property.
The Superintendent shall designate a designee to be responsible for receiving and investigating
student, staff and community member complaints of any form of harassment, racial or otherwise.
The Superintendent’s Designee shall maintain accurate reports of harassment allegations as well
as the investigations conducted.
The District shall develop a plan for training students, school staff, and parents regarding the
harassment policy. This policy as well as the complaint procedure will be distributed to students,
staff, parents, prospective employees, District vendors, volunteers, and any interested
individuals.
Cross References:
Policy 3200 Student Rights and Responsibilities
Policy 3207 Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying
Policy 3210 Nondiscrimination
Policy 3240 Student Conduct
Policy 5275 Sexual Harassment
Legal Reference:
Chapter 207, Laws of 2002
Adopted 06-22-98
Revised 09-13-99
Revised 08-11-03
Revised 04-12-04
Cabinet Reviewed 01-17-06
Superintendent Approved 01-24-06
Revised 05-22-06

I have read and understand the Puyallup School District Policies surrounding Harassment,
Intimidation and Bullying.

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