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Harassment, Intimidation, & Bullying

Contact Information for the NJ School Climate State Coordinator:
Dr. Paul C. Rafalowski
District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
1-908-707-0070 ext. 702
Ms. Starla Rudolph
Anti-Bullying Specialist AHS/SSA
1-908-707-0070 ext. 255
Ms. Kelly Eder
Anti-Bullying Specialist SEA/AMS
1-908-707-0070 ext. 259
Ms. Julianna Franco
Anti-Bullying Specialist CC
1-908-707-0070 ext. 171
School districts must provide training on the BOE’s HIB policy for all full and part-time staff, persons contracted by the district to provide services to students and volunteers who have significant contact with students.
HIB Defined:
HIB means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or series of incidents, that:

  • Is reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability, or by any other distinguishing characteristic; AND
  • Takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, or off school grounds as provided for in N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15.3; AND
  • Substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students, AND THAT:
  • A reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student or damaging the student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his person or damage to his property; OR 
  • Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students; OR 
  • Creates a hostile educational environment for the student by interfering with a student’s education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student
Consequences and appropriate remedial actions for pupils who commit an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion, as permitted under N.J.S.A. 18A:37-1, Discipline of Pupils and as set forth in N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.2, Short-term Suspension, N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.3, Long-term Suspensions and N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.5, Expulsions.  Appropriate student conduct is documented.
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