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Bullying/Harassment
ORC 3313.666 (2007) requires the board of education of local school districts to establish a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation or bullying. "Harassment, intimidation or bullying" is defined as any intentional written, verbal, or physical act toward another student more than once that causes mental or physical harm and is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the harassed student. The policy must include a statement prohibiting harassment, intimidation or bullying of any student on school property or at school-sponsored events; a definition of harassment, intimidation, or bullying, a procedure for reporting prohibiting incidents; requirement that school personnel report prohibited incidents to school administrators; requirement for parental notification; documentation procedures; procedures for responding to and investigating incidents; strategies for protecting targeted students from additional incidents; disciplinary procedures; reporting requirements for district administration.

ORC 3313.667 (2006) encourages schools districts to form bullying prevention task forces, programs and other initiatives. It also encourages districts to educate students and to provide training, workshops or courses on the distric't's harassment, intimidation, or bullying policy.

Cyber Bullying
No state policy.

Hazing
ORC 2903.31 (1983) forbids any person from recklessly participating in the hazing of another. School administrators, employees, and faculty members of any public or private school may not permit the hazing of another person. Violation of this Code is a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

ORC 2307.44 (1983) allows victims of hazing to pursue civil actions for injury and damages against any participants, organization who authorized, allowed, commanded, requested, or tolerated the hazing, and any local or national director, trustee, or officer of said organization. Action may also be brought against any administrator, employee, of faculty member of the institution who knew or reasonably should have known of the hazing and did not make reasonable attempts to prevent it; If found liable, the educational institution may also be held liable.

Source: National Association of State Boards of Education
Last Updated: 7/9/2009

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