JICFA: Hazing

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JICFA: Hazing

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There shall be no hazing, solicitation to engage in hazing, or aiding and abetting another who is engaged in hazing of any person enrolled, accepted for or promoted to enrollment, or intending to enroll or be promoted to ASDB schools within twelve

  1. calendar months. For purposes of this policy, a person as specified above shall be considered a "student" until graduation, transfer, promotion or withdrawal from ASDB.

"Hazing" means any intentional, knowing or reckless act committed by a student, whether individually or in concert with other persons, against another student, and in which both of the following apply:

"Organization" means an athletic team, association, order, society, corps, cooperative, club, or similar group that is affiliated with an educational institution and whose membership consists primarily of students enrolled at that educational institution.

It is no defense to a violation of this policy if the victim consented or acquiesced to hazing.

In accord with statute, violations of this policy do not include either of the following:

All students, teachers and staff members shall take reasonable measures within the scope of their individual authority to prevent violations of this policy.

Students and others may report hazing to any ASDB staff members.

ASDB staff members must report the incident to the Principal/Director or Superintendent or designee, in writing, with such details as may have been provided. A failure by a staff member to timely inform the Principal/Director or Superintendent or designee of a hazing allegation or their observation of an

incident of hazing may subject the staff member to disciplinary action in accord with ASDB policies. The staff member shall preserve the confidentiality of those involved, disclosing the incident only to the appropriate Principal/Director or Superintendent or designee as otherwise required by law. Any instance of reported or observed hazing which includes possible child abuse or violations of statutes known to the staff member  shall  be  treated  in  accord  with  statutory  requirements and be reported to a law enforcement agency.

To assure that students and staff members are aware of its content and intent, a notice of this policy and procedure shall be posted conspicuously in each school building and shall be made a part of the rights and responsibilities section of the student handbook. Forms for submitting complaints are to be available to students and employees in ASDB offices.

Disposition of all reports/complaints shall be reported to the Superintendent or designee. The Superintendent or designee will determine if the policies of ASDB have been appropriately implemented and will make such reports and/or referrals to the ASDB Board as may be necessary.

All violations of this policy shall be treated in accord with the appropriate procedures and penalties provided for in ASDB policies related to the conduct and discipline of students, staff members, and others.

Adopted: July 13, 2017