It is the priority of the Wake County Board of Education to provide every student and employee in the school system with a safe and orderly learning and working environment. To this end, the Board specifically prohibits harassing or bullying behavior at all levels: between students, between employees and students, between peers or coworkers, between supervisors and subordinates, or between non-employees/volunteers and employees and/or students. This policy is in addition to Board Policy 2320/3035/4035/6415 - Sexual Harassment.
Students are expected to comply with the behavior standards established by Board Policy and the Student Code of Conduct. Employees are expected to comply with Board Policy and school system regulations. Volunteers and visitors on school property also are expected to comply with Board Policy and established school rules and procedures.
The Board specifically prohibits reprisal or retaliation against any individual who makes a complaint or reports an incident of harassing or bullying behavior or who participates in an investigation or grievance proceeding initiated under this policy. Reprisal or retaliation against any individual who reports an act of harassment or bullying may result in disciplinary action being taken, up to and including dismissal in the case of employees, or up to and including long-term suspension or expulsion in certain cases for students.
This policy shall be distributed annually in the Wake County Schools Student Handbook and the Wake County Schools Employee Handbook.
Legal References: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq.; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.; Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 701 et seq.; G.S. 126-16; North Carolina School Violence Prevention Act.
Cross Reference: WCPSS Board Policy 2320/3035/4035/6415 - Sexual Harassment; WCPSS Board Policy 3033/2333/6415- Reporting Information to Principals and External Agencies; Board Policy 6400- Student Code of Conduct.
Adopted: May 3, 2004
Revised: April 18, 2006
Revised: November 17, 2009
Revised: March 6, 2012