Bullying and Cyberbullying and Statewide Resources
Bullying is defined as any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act(s) or conduct, including electronic communications by a student(s) that has, or can be, reasonably predicted to have, the effect of one or more of the following:
- Reasonable fear of harm to person or property;
- Substantially detrimental effect on physical or mental health; or
- Substantial interference with academic performance.
Examples of bullying include, but are not limited to:
- Physical bullying, which includes, but is not limited to, intentional, unwelcome acts of beating, biting, fighting, hitting, kicking, poking, punching, pushing, shoving, spitting, tripping.
- Social or relationship bullying, which includes spreading rumors, manipulating relationships, exclusion, blackmailing, isolating, rejecting, using peer pressure and ranking personal characteristics.
- Malicious teasing among individuals who are not friends with the intention of invoking, harm, fear or intimidation.
- Malicious teasing among individuals based on the student's actual or perceived membership in a protected characteristic class.
- Cyberbullying, which includes, but is not limited, bullying through messages, texts, sounds or images. Sending or posting of unwanted comments, images, videos, and pictures that are done to intentionally harm or bully a student (whether it is based on protected class or not).
- Cyber sexual bullying/harassment, which includes when a student recipient receives an image and then shares that image to other students through text message, social media, or other electronic means, this is deemed to be cyber sexual bullying/harassment.
- Hazing, which includes, but is not limited to, requiring a student to eat or drink disgusting food/material, endure physical abuse, or engage in physically dangerous or humiliating activities as an initiation to join a student club or team.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of bullying or harassment in a District program or activity, please report the incident directly to your school site administrator. If the bullying is based on a protected characteristic (such as race, ethnicity, gender, among others), the matter should be directed to the Uniform Complaint Procedure Coordinator, Lise K. Strom, by filing a Uniform Complaint using the online form, by emailing UPC@scusd.net or by telephone at 408-423-3509.