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5274 - Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying

  • Policy

The district is committed to a safe and civil workplace/educational environment for all students, employees, parents/legal guardians, volunteers, and community members that is free from harassment, intimidation, or bullying. As defined in legislation, “Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” means any intentionally electronic, written, verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by any characteristic in RCW 28A.640.010 and 28A.642.010, or other distinguishing characteristics, when the act:

  • Physically harms an employee or damages the employee’s property.
  • Has the effect of substantially interfering with the workplace/educational environment.
  • Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening workplace/educational environment.
  • Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the workplace/educational environment.

Nothing in this section requires the affected employee to actually possess a characteristic that is a basis for the harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

“Other distinguishing characteristics” can include but are not limited to: physical appearance, clothing or other apparel, socioeconomic status, and weight.

“Intentional acts” refers to the individual’s choice to engage in the act rather than the ultimate impact of the action(s).


This policy recognizes that ‘harassment’, intimidation,’ and ‘bullying’ are separate but related behaviors. Each must be addressed appropriately. The accompanying procedure differentiates the three behaviors; however, this differentiation should not be considered part of the legal definition of these behaviors.

Harassment, intimidation, or bullying can take many forms including, but not limited to: slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendoes, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats or other written, oral, physical or electronically transmitted messages or images.

This policy is not intended to prohibit expression of religious, philosophical, or political views, provided that the expression does not substantially disrupt the educational environment. Many behaviors that do not rise to the level of harassment, intimidation, or bullying may still be prohibited by other district policies or building, classroom, or program rules.


This policy is a component of the district’s responsibility to create and maintain a safe, civil, respectful, and inclusive learning community and will be implemented in conjunction with comprehensive training of staff and volunteers. Specific training requirements are included in the accompanying procedures.


The district will provide employees with strategies aimed at preventing harassment, intimidation and bullying.


Interventions are designed to remediate the impact on the targeted individual and others impacted by the violation, to change the behavior of the aggressor, and to restore a positive workplace/educational environment and climate.

The district will consider the frequency of incidents and severity of the conduct in determining intervention strategies.  Interventions will range from education, training and mediation, correcting behavior and discipline, to law enforcement referrals.

Retaliation/False Allegations

Retaliation is prohibited and will result in appropriate discipline. It is a violation of this policy to threaten or harm someone for reporting harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

It is also a violation of district policy to knowingly report false allegations of harassment, intimidation, and bullying. Students or employees will not be disciplined for making a report in good faith. However, persons found to knowingly report or corroborate false allegations will be subject to appropriate discipline.

Compliance Officer

The superintendent will appoint a compliance officer as the primary district contact to receive copies of all formal and informal complaints and ensure policy implementation. The name and contact information for the compliance officer will be communicated throughout the district.

The superintendent is authorized to direct the implementation of procedures addressing the elements of this policy.


Cross References: 

Board Policy 5010 - Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action

Board Policy 5011 - Sexual Harassment of District Staff Prohibited


Legal References: 

RCW 28A.300.285

Harassment, intimidation and bullying prevention policies and procedures – Model policy and procedure – Training materials – Posting on web site – rules – Advisory committee

WAC 392-190-059

Harassment, intimidation and bullying prevention policy and procedure- School districts


Adoption Date:  May 2, 2012

Revised Date: April 24, 2024


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