Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (H.I.B.). Overview and Procedures. Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying Policy. Legislation enacted September 2002 required each school to adopt an H.I.B. policy
Overview and Procedures
H.I.B. means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents, that:
Is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by an 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 on a school bus; or off school grounds, as provided for in N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15.3,
Bullying is not a phase young people must endure or outgrow. Bullying is not a conflict between students or among groups of students.
CONFLICTis a mutually competitive or opposing action or engagement, including a disagreement, an argument or a fight which is a normal part of human development.
BULLYINGis one-sided, where one or more students are victims of one or more person’s aggression, which is intended to physically or emotionally hurt the victim(s).
Equal power or friends
Accidental and not seeking power or attention
Disagreement and/or Argument
Equal emotional reaction from both parties
Remorse – will take responsibility
Effort and/or desire to solve the problem
Imbalance of power – not friends
Repeated negative actions
Purposeful and seeking power, control, or material things
Beyond conflict with threat of physical or emotional harm
Strong emotional reaction from victim and little emotional reaction from offender
No remorse – blames victim
No effort or desire to solve the problemDifferences Between Conflict and Bullying
*Parent team members may only participate in activities that do not compromise student confidentiality.
Parent Rights and School
The hearing must be held within 10 days of the request.
The hearing must be held in executive session to protect
Parents must be notified of the BOE’s written determination to
Made at the BOE meeting following its receipt of the HIB
Responsibilities to Parents, cont.
the information.Parents Right to Appeal
the confidentiality of the students.
affirm, reject or modify the CSA’s decision.
Parents have a right to appeal
For additional information regarding anti-bullying and the H.I.B. process and procedures, please see the resources below.
SRI & ETTC. (2011, December 5). H.I.B. Training for Anti-Bullying Specialists, Anti-Bullying Coordinators & School Safety Team Members. Presented at H.I.B. Training in Mays Landing, NJ.
NJDOE publication: Guidance for Schools on Implementing the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (P.L.2010, c.122) http://www.nj.gov/education/students/safety/behavior/hib/guidance.pdf
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