Introduction to Anti-Bullying Policy
To operate an educational institute, one needs peace, calm, and discipline. In other words, safe and civil environment in Campus is necessary for pupils to learn and achieve high academic standards. Circumstances of fear are a factor which hinders not only the act of pupils’ learning but also the activity of Campus to educate its pupils. Since pupils learn by observing good examples, Campus administration requires all the teachers to demonstrate exemplary actions and behaviour. In order to achieve the above mentioned goals, the Campus Administration has designed some definitions, rules and regulations.
Harassment and Bullying Definition
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act or any electronic communication whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents:
- It is reasonably perceived as being motivated by either any actual or perceived characteristics such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.
- The word ‘Bullying’ is perceived as an act of disobedience by a student in class in the presence of a teacher, or an act of quarreling, physically engaging with other fellow students in the class, or passing any remarks on other students related to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.
- It also means misbehaving with the teachers or other students in the Campus premises.
- It means physically engaging with other students with the intention to harm them inside the Campus or outside in the parking area or anywhere near the premises of the Campus.
- It means bringing or calling outsiders to harm other students or any Faculty Member or Administration.
- A reasonable person should know that above circumstances will have the effect of harming a pupil physically or emotionally, or damaging the pupil’s property or placing a pupil in reasonable fear, or physical or emotional harm. Besides, it has the effect of insulting or demeaning any pupil or a group of pupils.
- Above-mentioned circumstances create hostile educational environment for the pupil by interfering with the pupil’s education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the pupil.
- It also means any other distinguishing or characteristic act that takes place on Campus property, at any Campus sponsored function, on Campus bus, or off Campus grounds that substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the Campus or the rights of other pupils.
The Principal and members of Discipline Committee of the Campus should be the final authority to receive complaints. All Campus pupils, Staff Members, visitors, parents and the contractors of cafeterias etc. should be encouraged to:
- Submit report (verbally or in writing) immediately after the incident.
- The Principal, for his convenience, can also appoint any member of the Administration or Faculty to the Discipline Committee which can investigate any malpractice or incident, and will report back to the Principal.
- Pupils’ parents are also encouraged to report any harassment or student bullying to the Principal. They may report their complaint verbally or in writing, or by a telephone call.
Remedial Actions/ Measurements
After investigation, if someone is found guilty of the offence against a person or persons, punishment or fine (sum of money as penalty) should be decided by the Discipline Committee. Punishment or fine may vary in accordance with the severity of the offence of the offender and history of the person. Here, the ‘Severity’ means the degree of harm. Remedial measures are degree of punishment. The penalty may include the following:
- Admonishment or a warning.
- Temporary removal from the Campus.
- Expulsion or termination from the Campus.