Fighting on campus, on the school buses, or at any school activity is prohibited. Fighting will result in disciplinary action from the school and may warrant legal action.

     According to Public Act 92-0064, the Calhoun Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to maintain order and security in the schools. Accordingly, school authorities are authorized to maintain an environment in which no violence or bullying is tolerated. Those students whose behavior or schoolwork demonstrates a potential for violence or threat to the safety of others will be identified and referred to appropriate personnel or community agencies/resources. Parents will be notified of violent or bullying behaviors. The parent-teacher advisory committee and community agencies will be involved in developing student policies and identifying resources for referral. Bullying and/or intimidation of others, includes, but is not limited to, any persistent aggressive or negative gesture, or written, verbal, or physical act that places another student in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or property, or that has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school’s educational mission or the education of any student. Bullying is an intentional and willful act. Bullying most often will occur when a student asserts physical or psychological power over, or is cruel to, another student perceived to be weaker. Such behavior may include but is not limited to: pushing, hitting, threatening, name-calling, or other physical or verbal conduct of a belittling or browbeating nature.” (Board Policy: 7:180, 7:190, 7:310, 7:20, and 6:235)

Preventing Bullying, Intimidation & (Sexual) Harassment

     Bullying, intimidation, and (sexual) harassment are not acceptable in any form and will not be tolerated at school or any school-related activity, on school property, on school buses and transportation vehicles or through a school computer, network or other school electronic equipment, or through the transmission of information from a computer that is accessed at a non-school-related location, activity, function, or program or from the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned or leased by the school.

     Calhoun High School will protect students against retaliation for reporting incidents of bullying, intimidation, or (sexual) harassment, and will take disciplinary action against any student who participates in such conduct. No person shall harass, intimidate or bully another based upon actual or perceived race, color, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender-related identity or expression, ancestry, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, gender identity, order of protection status, status as homeless, or actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy, unfavorable discharge from military service, association with a person or group with one or more of the aforementioned actual or perceived characteristic or any other distinguished characteristic.

     Calhoun High School and District will not tolerate harassing, intimidating conduct, or bullying whether verbal, physical, or visual, that affects the tangible benefits of education, that unreasonably interferes with a student’s educational performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. Bullying includes cyber-bullying (bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication) and means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of:

(1) placing the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property;
(2) causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health;
(3) substantially interferes with the student’s academic performance; or
(4) substantially interferes with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the school.

     Examples of prohibited conduct include, without limitation, any use of violence, intimidation, force, noise, coercion, threats, stalking, harassment, sexual harassment, public humiliation, theft or destruction of property, retaliation, hazing, bullying, bullying through the transmission of information from a school computer, a school computer network, or other similar electronic school equipment, or other comparable conduct.

     Students who believe they are victims of bullying, intimidation or harassment or have witnessed such activities are encouraged to discuss the matter with the student nondiscrimination coordinator, building administrator or a complaint manager. Students may choose to report to a person of the student’s same sex. Complaints will be kept confidential to the extent possible given the need to investigate. Students who make good faith complaints will not be disciplined.

     Any student who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in bullying, intimidation or harassment will be subject to disciplinary consequences as provided in this handbook, including but not limited to, suspension and expulsion consistent with the school and district’s discipline policy. Parents of students who have engaged in the above behavior will be notified. Any student making a knowingly false accusation regarding harassment may also be subject to disciplinary consequences.