Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying (HIB)

Richland School District is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, volunteers and patrons free from harassment, intimidation bullying, or cyber-bullying.
As defined in Chapter 28A.600 RCW (Students), “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act including but not limited to, one shown to be motivated by any characteristic in RCW 28A.640.010 and RCW 28A.642.010, or other distinguishing characteristics, when the act:
A. Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property;
B. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education;
C. Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment;
D. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school;
E. Casting a student, staff member, volunteer, patron, or member of such person’s immediate family in such light as to subject them to torment, ridicule or shame, regardless of the veracity of the facts upon which the actor has acted;
F. Constituting a crime pursuant to Federal, State, or local laws, statutes or ordinance;
G. Subjecting any student, staff member, volunteer, or patron to unwanted or illegal pornographic material; or
H. Portraying any student, staff member, volunteer, or patron in a state of nudity, engaging in sexual acts, or in such a state of near nudity as to subject such person to shame and embarrassment;
Conduct that may rise to the level of harassment, intimidation, bullying, and cyber-bullying may take many forms, including, but not limited to: slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendos, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, ostracism, physical attacks or threats, gestures, or acts relating to an individual or group whether electronic, written, oral, or physically transmitted messages or images. There is no requirement that the targeted student actually possess the characteristic that is the basis for the harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyber-bullying.

Harassment, intimidation, bullying and cyber-bullying, are prohibited. False reports or retaliation for harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyber-bullying also constitute violations of district policy.

The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: 

Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) Coordinator:
Civil Rights Coordinator and Compliance Coordinator for State/Federal Law: 

Reporting Bullying and Harassment

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