Board Policies

Adoption Date: Apr 11, 2012
Revision Date: Aug 28, 2013
5517.1 - BULLYING

The Board is committed to providing a safe, positive, productive, and nurturing educational environment for all its students.  The Board encourages the promotion of positive interpersonal relations between members of the school community.  Marion Community Schools will not tolerate bullying in any form.  Bullying behavior toward a student whether by other students, staff, or third parties is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.  This prohibition includes physical, verbal, and psychological abuse as provided herein.
Marion Community Schools defines bullying as aggressive behaviors that involve unwanted negative actions that are repeated over time and involves an imbalance of power or strength.  Bullying as defined by IC 20-33-8-0.2 means overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner (including digitally or electronically), physical acts committed, aggression, or any other behaviors that are committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the targeted student and create for the targeted student an objectively hostile student environment that:


  1. places the targeted student in reasonable fear of harm to the targeted student’s person or property;
  2. has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student’s physical or mental health;
  3. has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s academic performance; or
  4. has the effect of substantially interfering with the target student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, and privileges provided by the school. 

This type of behavior is a form of harassment, although it need not be based on any of the legally protected characteristics such as sex, race, color, national origin, marital status, or disability.  It would include, but not be limited to, such behaviors as stalking, intimidating, menacing, coercion, name-calling, taunting, making threats, and hazing. 
This policy may be applied regardless of the physical location in which the bullying behavior occurred, whenever:

  1. the individual committing the bullying behavior and any of the intended targets of the bullying behavior are students attending a school within a school corporation; and
  2. disciplinary action is reasonably necessary to avoid substantial interference with school discipline or prevent an unreasonable threat to the rights of others to a safe and peaceful learning environment.
Marion Community Schools, in accordance with state law, has:

  1. developed and implemented bullying prevention programs for all students;
  2. established investigation and reporting procedures related to bullying; and
  3. adopted discipline rules that comply with Indiana Code guidelines.
In addition, Marion Community Schools shall provide training to the school corporation’s employees and volunteers who have direct, ongoing contact with students concerning this policy.

The Superintendent or his designee will be responsible for administrative guidelines to enforce this policy.




Policy References:
I.C.  20-33-8-0.2 and 20-33-8-13.5

I.C. 20-33-8-0.2 and 20-33-8-13.5
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Mar. 26 2014