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​​​​​This student harassment, bullying, and hazing policy must be published in the parent/student handbook and applies to all students. Separate harassment policies apply to employees, parents/guardians, and other adults in the school community.

The school is committed to providing a safe and comfortable learning environment that respects Christian values and is free from harassment, bullying, or hazing in any form. Harassment, bullying, or hazing of any student by any other student, lay employee, religious, clergy, school volunteer, or parent/guardian is prohibited. The school will treat allegations of any such conduct seriously and will review and investigate such allegations in a prompt, confidential, and thorough manner. This policy shall be communicated clearly to faculty, staff, volunteers, parents/guardians, and students.

Substantiated acts of harassment, bullying, or hazing by a student will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal of the student. Students who file false or frivolous charges will also be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. For students in transitional kindergarten through third grade, this disciplinary action shall depend on the maturity of the students and the circumstances involved. For students in fourth through twelfth grades​, the disciplinary action may include suspension​ or dismissal.


Harassment occurs when an individual is subjected to treatment or a school environment that is hostile or intimidating. It includes but is not limited to:

Verbal Harassment

  • Derogatory comments and jokes; threatening words spoken to another person

Physical Harassment

  • Unwanted physical touching, contact, or assault; deliberate impeding or blocking of another's movements; any intimidating interference with normal work or movement 

Visual Harassment

  • D​erogatory, demeaning, or inflammatory​ gestures, posters, cartoons, written words, drawings, images, and photos

​*Visual harassment can be communicated in person, in hard copy, or electronically (including on social media) 

Sexual Harassment

  • Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature


Bullying is the habitual harassing, intimidating, tormenting, browbeating, humiliating, terrorizing, oppressing, and/or threatening of another person.

Bullying typically consists of direct behaviors, such as teasing, taunting, threatening, hitting, shoving, and stealing that are initiated by one or more students against a victim or victims. In addition to direct attacks, bullying may also be indirect, such as spreading rumors that cause victims to be socially isolated through intentional exclusion.

Whether the bullying is direct or indirect, the key component of bullying is physical or psychological intimidation that occurs repeatedly over time to create an ongoing pattern of harassment and abuse.

Cyberbullying occurs when students bully each other using the Internet on computers, mobile phones, or other electronic devices. This can include but is not limited to:

  • Sending inappropriate texts, emails, or instant messages 

  • Posting inappropriate pictures, videos, or messages about others on blogs, social media, or websites 

  • Using someone else's username to spread rumors or lies about another person 

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Hazing is any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization or body, whether or not the organization or body is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to any student or other person.


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