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HIB Defined


When trying to determine if an incident is HIB, compare it against the definition.


Does the incident meet all of the following?


Enabled
Harassment, Intimidation, or bullying means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communications, whether it be a single incident or a 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; and that takes place on school property, at any school sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds, as provided for in N.J.S.A. 37-15.3, that substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students

... takes place on school property, at any school sponsored function, or off school grounds

... substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students

And, does it meet one of these?


A reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, that the act(s) will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a pupil or damaging the pupil's property, or placing a pupil in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his/her person or damage to his/her property

Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students

Creates a hostile educational environment for the pupil by interfering with a pupil's education or by severly or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student


*The school district takes all offenses very seriously. In good faith we are to believe that all reported matters are the absolute truth and answered to the best of your knowledge.