Technology Safety: Harassment and Cyber Bullying
Districtís computer network, the Internet, and any other electronic device
whether accessed on campus or off campus, during or after school hours, may not
be used for the purpose of harassment. All
forms of digital harassment, commonly referred to as cyber bullying, are
unacceptable and viewed as a violation of this policy and the Districtís
acceptable communication policy and procedures.
use of the Districtís computer system to develop programs or to institute
practices that harass other users or gain unauthorized access to any entity on
the system and/or damage the components of an entity on the network is
prohibited. Users are responsible
for the appropriateness of the material they transmit over the system.
Any inappropriate email, harassment, or discriminatory remarks are
bullying includes, but is not limited to the following misuses of technology:
harassing, teasing, intimidating, threatening, or terrorizing another
person by sending or posting inappropriate and hurtful e-mail messages, instant
message, text messages, digital pictures or images, or Web site postings,
including blogs. It is also
recognized that the author (poster or sender) of the inappropriate material is
often disguised (logged on) as someone else.
and community members, who believe they have been the victims of such misuses of
technology, as described in this policy, should not erase the offending material
from the system. A copy of the
materials should be printed and brought to the attention of the building
principal or Directory of Technology.
administration shall fully investigate all reports of harassment and cyber
situations in which the cyber bullying originated from a non-school computer or
electronic device, but brought to the attention of school officials, any
disciplinary action shall be based upon whether the conduct is determined to be
disruptive of the educational process so that it interrupts or impedes the
day-to-day operations of a school. In
addition, such conduct must also be in violation of a publicized school policy. Such
conduct includes, but is not limited to, harassment, or making a threat off
school grounds that is intended to endanger the health, safety or property of
others at school, a District employee or school board member.
action may include, but is not limited to, the loss of computer privileges,
detention, suspension, or expulsion for verified perpetrators of cyber bullying.
In addition, when any kind of threat is communicated, a hate crime is
committed, or any other potential crime is committed, the incident shall be
reported to local law enforcement officials.
Board Policy 363.2 Acceptable Use of Media and Communication
Board Policy 364 Internet Safety Policy
District Acceptable Communication Manual
Board Policy 411.1 Harassment
Board Policy 443.5 Use of Wireless Technology