WHAT QUALIFIES AS AN HIB INCIDENT
ANTI-BULLYING BILLOF RIGHTS
What qualifies as an HIB incident?
Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or series of incidents, that:
- is reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability, or by any other distinguishing characteristic,
- takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, or off school grounds as provided for in section 16 of P.L. 2010, c 122,
- substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of the other students, and that:
- A reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student or damaging the student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his person or damage to his property;
- Has the effect of insulting or demeaning and student or group of students; or
- Creates a hostile educational environment for the student by interfering with a student’s education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CONFLICT AND
HIB (HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION AND BULLYING)
- “Mutually” competitive or opposing * HIB is one-sided
action or engagement
- Includes disagreements and * One or more students are victims
arguments which could lead to of one or more person’s
an altercation. aggression as it applies to the
HIB definition under the
“Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights”
- A normal part of growing up and * The intent is to physically or
of life emotionally hurt someone.
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT’S DISCIPLINE POLICY WILL BE FOLLOWED IN BOTH CONFLICT AND HIB SITUATIONS.