Bullying/Harassment (Jamari Terrell Williams Student Bullying Prevention Act)
- No student shall engage in harassment, intimidation, violence, or threats of violence on school property, on a school bus, or at any school-sponsored function.
- No person shall engage in reprisal, retaliation, or false accusation against a victim, witness, or other person who has reliable information about an act of harassment, violence, or threat of violence.
- Any student, or parent or guardian of the student, who is the object of harassment may file a complaint outlining the details of the harassment, on a form authorized by the local board, and submit the form to the official designated by the local board to receive complaints at the school
- The full Jamari Terrell Williams Student Bullying Prevention Act policy can be found in the Boaz City School System Policy Manual.
Sexual harassment will not be tolerated; and immediate, positive steps to stop sexual harassment activity will be taken when it occurs. Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome and personally offensive conduct (including, but not limited to, advances, gestures or words of a sexual nature) which
- Unreasonably interferes with the student’s work or educational opportunities;
- Creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive learning environment;
- Implies that submission to such conduct is made an explicit or implicit term of receiving grades or credit; and/or
- Implies that submission to, or rejection of, such conduct will be used as a basis for determining the student’s grades and/or participation in a student activity.
Examples of prohibited conduct include, but are not limited to, offensive or unwelcome sexual advances or propositions; any unwelcome intentional touching of intimate body areas; employees dating students; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; graphic or degrading verbal comments about an individual or his/her physical attributes; the display of sexually suggestive objectives, pictures, cards or letters; lewd or suggestive comments, sounds or gestures; off-color language; jokes of a sexual nature; leering; or assault.
The definition of sexual harassment includes conduct directed by males toward females, conduct directed by males toward males, conduct directed by females toward males, and conduct directed by females toward females.
Victims of sexual harassment shall report sexual harassment activity to the immediate supervisor of the offending person immediately upon occurrence or, if they prefer, to a counselor or assistant principal with whom they feel comfortable. The person to whom the incident is reported will have the responsibility of reporting the incident to the proper supervisor. The proper supervisor will then follow grievance procedures that have been adopted by the Boaz City School System.