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Bullying and Harassment – Title IX

Harassment, intimidation, or bullying behavior by any student in the Finneytown Local School District is strictly prohibited, and such conduct may result in disciplinary action, including suspension and/or expulsion from school. “Harassment, intimidation, or bullying”, in accordance with R.C. 3313.666 means any intentional written, verbal, graphic or physical act including electronically transmitted acts i.e., Internet, cell phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), or wireless hand-held device, either overt or covert, by a student or group of students toward other students including violence within a dating relationship, with the intent to harass, intimidate, injure, threaten, ridicule, or humiliate. Such behaviors are prohibited on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school provided transportation, or at any official school bus stop that a reasonable person under the circumstances should know will have the effect of: A.Causing mental or physical harm to the other students including placing an individual in reasonable fear of physical harm and/or damaging of students’ personal property; and, B.Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other students.

Definitions of Bullying

  • Cyberbullying” is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyberstalking. Adult cyber-harassment or cyberstalking is NEVER called cyberbullying.
  • Bullying refers to actions repeated over time which harm, harass, intimidate, or humiliate another person. Typically, there is an imbalance of power (e.g., a difference in physical strength, or popularity) which makes it difficult for the bullied child to defend himself or herself.
  • Bullying may be physical, verbal, relational (e.g., exclusion or isolation), in-person or electronic (“cyberbullying”), direct (e.g., hitting, texting a negative message to a child, insulting a child) or indirect (encouraging another person to hurt a child, spreading rumors). It can take place at school or off school grounds.
  • Bullying differs from rough and tumble play or friendly teasing because in these types of interactions the ‘targeted’ child varies (one child does not consistently dominate the other), and children display remorse when a playmate is inadvertently upset and hurt.
  • The phrase “harassment, intimidation and bullying” (“HIB”) is often used in place of the term “bullying”; it is equivalent.
  • “Bias-based bullying” is commonly used to describe bullying in which legally protected characteristics (such as sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, and religion) are targeted

Student Bullying Reporting System

Students and parents have access to the Student Bullying Reporting System, a 24/7 hotline and anonymous reporting system that allows for the reporting of harmful behavior in a non-threatening environment.

Student Bullying Hotline1-866-547-8362 (toll free) Available all day, every day.

  • Press 1  –  MessageTo leave your report on an answering machine.
  • Press 2  –  Attendant to personally speak to someone – the bullying report attendant can also provide for free, confidential, and immediate crisis intervention.

Online Reporting – This system immediately notifies principals of behaviors or threats so that they can intervene before a situation escalates. To anonymously report an incident click here.

Title IX Compliance Officers

Dr. Jen Dinan Assistant Superintendent / Title IX Compliance Officer 513-728-3700 8916 Fontainebleau Terrace Cincinnati, OH 45231

Eric Muchmore Communication and Community Coordinator / Title IX Compliance Officer 513-728-3700 8916 Fontainebleau Terrace Cincinnati, OH 45231

Bullying Incident Reports

Continuous Notice of Non-Discrimination

Finneytown Local  School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
 
Dr. Jen Dinan
Assistant Superintendent
jdinan@finneytown.org
513-728-3700  
8916 Fontainebleau Terrace
Cincinnati, OH 45231
 
Mr. Eric Muchmore
Communication and Community Coordinator
emuchmore@finneytown.org
513-728-3700  
8916 Fontainebleau Terrace
Cincinnati, OH 45231
 
 
Upon request to the Board of Education Offices this notice is available in large print, and in Braille. 
 
To hear this notice on audio visit the district website at www.finneytown.org.
 
For further information on the notice of non-discrimination, visit:
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/nondisc.html