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What is bullying?

 

No form of bullying or harassment will be tolerated by capital Region BOCES. Here is what we mean by"bullying":

Bullying

Bullying is understood to be a hostile activity which harms or induces fear through the threat of  further aggression and/or creates terror. Capital Region BOCES uses the term bullying  to describe a range of misbehaviors such as harassment, hazing, intimidation or discrimination.

Discrimination

Discrimination is the act of denying rights, benefits, justice, equitable treatment or access to facilities  available to all others, to an individual or group of people because of the group, class or category to which that person belongs (as outlined in the Harassment section below).

Hazing

Hazing is an induction, initiation or membership process involving harassment which produces  public humiliation, physical or emotional discomfort, bodily injury or public ridicule or creates a situation where public humiliation, physical or emotional discomfort, bodily injury or public ridicule is likely to occur.

Harassment

The Dignity for All Students Act (§10-18 of Education Law) defines harassment as the creation of a hostile environment  by conduct or by verbal threats, intimidation or abuse that has or would have the effect of unreasonably  and substantially interfering with a students educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or  mental, emotional or physical well-being; or conduct, verbal threats, intimidation or abuse that reasonably
causes or would reasonably be expected to cause a student to fear for his or her physical safety.

The harassing behavior may be based on any characteristic, including but not limited to a persons actual or perceived:
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