Prevention & Intervention
If Bullying or Harassment Is Suspected and/or Reported
- School staff takes appropriate action to investigate or otherwise determine what has occurred. The specific steps of the investigation will vary depending on the nature of the allegations, the source of the complaint, the age of the students involved, and other factors including the availability of staff to investigate the complaint.
- The inquiry should be prompt, thorough, and impartial.
If School Staff Members Believe Bullying or Harassment Has Occurred
- If an investigation reveals that discriminatory action has occurred, a school should take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to the end the harassment, eliminate any hostile environment and its effects, and prevent harassment from recurring.
- Appropriate steps to end harassment or bullying may include separating the accused harasser and the target, provide counseling for target and/or harasser, and/or taking disciplinary action against the harasser.