PURPOSE: To define the District's position on harassment, intimidation, and bullying.

Harassment, intimidation, and bullying include but are not limited to verbal or physical contact, epithets, slurs, gestures, or graffiti, even in jest, that are targeted toward an individual because of race, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or disability (mental or physical). Individuals bring different levels of sensitivity to interaction. What may seem harmless, trivial, or "all in good fun" to one person may be extremely offensive to the person to whom the comments or actions are directed.

Harassment, intimidation, and bullying constitute unethical and unacceptable conduct that will not be tolerated at any level. All persons are strictly prohibited from engaging in any form of harassment of any employee, student, or applicant for employment. Anyone engaging in any form of harassment is subject to disciplinary action in accordance with District policy.

Any applicant for employment, employee, or student to whom improper comments or actions are directed should utilize the Nondiscrimination Staff/Student/Citizen Complaints and Grievance Procedure, or the Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association/Administration Negotiations Grievance Procedure, whichever is appropriate. Violation of this policy by an employee may result in disciplinary action, including a recommendation for employment termination in the event of repeated incidents. Students violating this policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action at the school level by the principal or designee.

When allegations of harassment, intimidation, or bullying, are filed, a thorough investigation will be conducted by the Superintendent or designee. The investigation will include interviews with all relevant persons. Such persons include, but are not limited to the complainant, the accused, student(s) and other potential witnesses. Employees and students are assured the privacy of the complainant and the persons accused of harassment will be protected to the extent possible

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