Bullying and Harrassment

  • Bullying/Cyperbullying

    We strive to offer all students an educational environment free from bullying.

    Bullying is defined as a pattern of abuse or aggressive behavior by one student or a group of students, carried out repeatedly and over time, typically targeted towards someone less physically or socially powerful. It is a violation of DCIU policy for any student to bully or attempt to extort property or any other thing from another student. We strongly encourage all students and parents/guardians who become aware of any act of bullying/cyberbullying to immediately report that conduct to the Principal/Program Supervisor. All incidents reported will be investigated. Consequences for students who are found to have bullied others may include counseling, peer mediation, a parent conference, a loss of school privileges, exclusion from school-sponsored events, suspension, and expulsion from an IU program.

     

    Harrassment

    The elimination of improper conduct, including unlawful harassment or discrimination, is a high priority for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU). It is the established policy of the DCIU to prohibit all forms of improper conduct, including but not limited to sexual harassment or discrimination.

    The DCIU will promptly investigate the allegations of improper conduct that you have brought to its attention. The investigation will be conducted by the Assistant Executive Director, Civil Rights Coordinator, or designee. If you have any questions of the DCIU’s investigator, you may contact him/her at the following address and telephone number: Delaware County Intermediate Unit, 200 Yale Avenue, Morton, PA 19070 – 610-938-9000

    During the investigation, you may

    1. provide the DCIU with information and documentation concerning the alleged improper conduct;
    2. advise the DCIU of the identity and location of any possible witnesses, and
    3. assert all other rights set forth in law or in DCIU policy.

    The DCIU is interested in knowing what action the reporting party is seeking in response to the harassment or discrimination. Although the law does not require that the DCIU to comply with requested action in order to eliminate unlawful harassment or discrimination, a collaborative dialogue may be a useful tool in ensuring that such harassment or discrimination is eliminated throughout the DCIU.

    The DCIU will take reasonable steps to preserve confidentiality and will make every effort to prevent public disclosure of the names of the parties involved except to the extent necessary to carry out the investigation. The DCIU will try to accommodate concerns about confidentiality subject to the DCIU being able to fulfill its commitment to eliminate unlawful harassment or discrimination.

    Delaware County Intermediate Unit employees and students who are alleged to be perpetrators of misconduct and unlawful harassment or discrimination are entitled to due process and are protected by certain confidentiality rights. Subject to the rights of students and/or employees, the DCIU will make an effort to keep the reporting party apprised of the progress of its investigation and of any decisions it renders concerning the situation. Any questions concerning the progress of the investigation or the actions taken by the DCIU to remediate any harassment or discrimination that may have occurred, should be directed to the Assistant Executive Director, Civil Rights Coordinator or the Investigator identified previously in this notice.

    If the reporting party is dissatisfied with the progress of the investigation or the decision rendered, he/she has the right under the policy to appeal to the Executive Director. An appeal may be submitted in writing to the Executive Director outlining any objections. The appeal should be submitted to the attention of the Executive Director at the following address: Delaware County Intermediate Unit, 200 Yale Avenue, Morton, PA 19070
    An appeal must be made within ten (10) days of receipt of said written decision.

    If, after investigating the complaint, it is concluded that the allegations have merit and that action will be taken to remediate the situation, the DCIU will follow-up with the reporting party to make sure that there is not a recurrence of the improper conduct. If there is any repeat of any improper conduct, we ask that the reporting party immediately notify the Civil Rights Coordinator.

    The DCIU has a policy of correcting the discriminatory effects of any improper conduct, including sexual harassment or discrimination. Please feel free to advise of the things that you believe that the DCIU should do to correct the discriminatory effects of the improper conduct.
    Retaliation by anyone against any individual who has reported improper conduct, including sexual harassment or discrimination, is strictly forbidden. If you believe that anyone is retaliating against you in any way, please notify the Civil Rights Coordinator.

    APPENDIX B – PROCEDURAL SAFEGUARDS
    NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES HARASSMENT

     

    TERRORISTIC THREATS/ACTS 

    Terroristic threat is defined as a communication either directly or indirectly, to commit any crime of violence with the intent to terrorize another; to cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly or facility of public transportation;  or cause terror or serious public inconvenience with reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience. Staff members and students shall be made aware of the responsibilities to inform the building or program administrator regarding any knowledge relevant to a possible terroistic threat/act. In the case of a student with a disability, including a student for whom an evaluation is pending, the Intermediate Unit shall take all steps required to comply with state and 

    federal laws and regulations. 

     

    WEAPONS 

    The Board recognizes the importance of a safe school environment to the 

    educational process. Possession of weapons in the school environment is a 

    threat to the safety of students and staff and is prohibited by law. 

    Possession - a student is in possession of a weapon when the weapon such as any knife, cutting instrument, nochaku stick, brass or metal knuckles, firearm, look alike gun, chemical agent, explosive device or any toher tool capable of inflicting serious. Bodily harm is found on the person of the student; in the student's locker; under 

    the student's control while at school or Intermediate Unit programs. Student could be expelled and steps for an evaluation and coordination with the school district’s residence.  

     

     HAZING  

    Hazing is defined when a person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly, for the purpose of initiating,admitting or affiliating a student with an organization, or for the purpose of continuing or enhancing membership or status in an organization, causes, coerces or forces a student to consume substances causing harm, endure physical or mental brutality or exposure which may effect the mental health, dignity, inclusion or  may result in serious bodily injury or death of a student.Endure any other activity that creates a reasonable likelihood of bodily injury to the student.  No student, parent/guardian, sponsor, contractor, volunteer or employee shall engage or ignore any form of hazing even if the consent of the student was obtained.