Harassment and bullying of students and employees are against federal, state, and local policy and are not tolerated by the Cedar Rapids Community School District. The District is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. Policies, regulations, procedures, and practices that are designed to reduce and eliminate bullying and harassment and to deal with incidents of bullying and harassment are in place. Bullying and harassment of students by other students, by school employees, and by volunteers who have direct contact with students will not be tolerated in the school or District.
The District prohibits harassment, bullying, hazing, or any other victimization of students, based on any of the following: actual or perceived traits or characteristics, including but not limited to, age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status. Harassment against employees based upon the employee’s age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability, or genetic information is also prohibited.
This policy is in effect while students or employees are on property within the jurisdiction of the District; while on/in a school-owned or school-operated vehicle; while attending or engaged in school-sponsored activities; and while away from school grounds if bullying, hazing, or any other victimization of students directly affects the good order, efficient management, and welfare of the school or District.
If, after an investigation, a student is found to be in violation of this policy, the student may be disciplined by appropriate measures, which may include suspension or expulsion. If after an investigation a school employee is found to be in violation of this policy, the employee shall be disciplined by appropriate measures, which may include termination. If, after an investigation, a school volunteer is found to be in violation of this policy, the volunteer shall be subject to appropriate measures which may include exclusion from school grounds. A “volunteer” is an individual who has regular, significant contact with students.
Iowa Code §§ 280.28, 216.9; 280.3
281 I.A.C. 12.3(6).
20 U.S.C. §§ 1221-1234i (2004).
29 U.S.C. § 794 (1994).
42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d-2000d-7 (2004).
42 U.S.C. §§ 12001 et. seq. (2004).
Cross References: 506.6a
- Approved: 08-13-12
- Revised: 02-25-13, 10-24-16, 02-28-2022
- Documents: 612
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