Counseling » Definition of Harassment, Intimidation, & Bullying (HIB)

Definition of Harassment, Intimidation, & Bullying (HIB)

Types of Behaviors
  • Includes ANY gesture or
  • ANY written, verbal or physical act, or
  • ANY electronic communication
  • Can be a SINGLE incident of a series of incidents

    Motivation for HIB Behavior
  • ANY actual or PERCEIVED characteristic
  • Examples include: race, color, religion, ancestry, national orgin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, any mental/physical/sensory disability or ANY OTHER DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTIC
A HIB Incident Can take Place
  • On school property
  • At a school-sponsered function
  • On a school bus
  • Off School grounds (including cyberspace). This must cause a substanial disruption or interference with the orderly operation of the school.
In addition to causing substantial disruption or interference, the HIB must meet one of the following conditions:
  • Has the effect of insulting or demeaning student or group of students OR
  • Creates a hostile educational environment for student by interfering with student's education OR severly or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to student.