Chapel Hill Academy

Policies

Harassment, intimidation and bullying

Chapel Hill Academy policy and guidance for prohibiting harassment, intimidation and bullying on school property, at school-sponsored functions and on school buses

All suspected incidents of harassment or bullying should be reported to the principal or director. All school employees as well as all other members of the school community, including students, parents, volunteers and visitors, are required to report alleged violations of this policy. While submission of the report form is not required, the reporting party is encouraged to use the report form available at the school’s office, or the reporting party may use the district’s web-based reporting system. Oral reports shall also be considered official reports. Reports may be made anonymously, but formal action for violations of the code of student conduct may not be based solely on the basis of an anonymous report. Chapel Hill Academy shall conduct a prompt, thorough, and complete investigation of each alleged incident.

Chapel Hill Academy recognizes that some acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying may be isolated incidents requiring that the school officials respond appropriately to the individuals committing the acts. Other acts may be so serious or part of a larger pattern of harassment, intimidation or bullying that they require a response either at the classroom, school building or school district level or by law enforcement officials. Consequences and appropriate remedial actions for a student who commits an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying may range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion as permitted under N.J.S.A. 18A:37-1, Discipline of Pupils and as set forth in N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.2, Short-term suspensions, N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.3, Long-term Suspensions and N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.5, Expulsions.

Chapel Hill Academy prohibits reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying. The consequence and appropriate remedial action for a person who engages in reprisal or retaliation shall be determined by the administrator after consideration of the nature, severity, and circumstances of the act, in accordance with case law, Federal and State statutes and regulations and district policies and procedures.

Chapel Hill Academy prohibits any person from falsely accusing another as a means of harassment, intimidation or bullying.

  • Students — The consequences and appropriate remedial action for a student found to have falsely accused another as a means of harassment, intimidation or bullying may range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion, as permitted under N.J.S.A. 18A:37-1, Discipline of Pupils and as set forth in N.J.A.C. 6A16-7.2, Short-term suspensions, N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7., Long-term Suspensions and N.J.A.C. 6A: 16-7.5, Expulsions.
  • School Employees — Consequences and appropriate remedial action for a school employee found to have falsely accused another as a means of harassment, intimidation or bullying shall be disciplined in accordance with district policies, procedures, and agreements.
  • Visitors or Volunteers — Consequences and appropriate remedial action for a visitor or volunteer found to have falsely accused another as a means of harassment, intimidation or bullying shall be determined by the school administrator after consideration of the nature, severity, and circumstances of the act, including reports to appropriate law enforcement officials.

Chapel Hill Academy will annually disseminate the policy to all school staff, students, and parents, along with a statement explaining that it applies to all applicable acts of harassment, intimidation and bullying that occur on school property, at school-sponsored functions or on a school bus. The policy will be posted on the Chapel Hill Academy’s website and be included in the student handbook.