What Is Bullying?

  • According to Iowa Safe Schools and the Department of Education:

    Bullying/harassment is "Any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or conduct toward a student based on the individual's actual or perceived age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socio-economic status, or familial status, and which creates an objectively hostile school environment that meets one or more of the following conditions:

    1. Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the person or their property
    2. Has substantial detrimental effect on the student's physical or mental health
    3. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's academic performance
    4. Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school"

    Conflict is not bullying. Conflict is "A disagreement or antagonism between two or more people. All parties involved have some responsibility in the encounter. It is not bullying when two or more kids with no perceived power imbalance fight, have an argument, or disagree."

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How to Report Bullying, Harassment, & Other Forms of Victimization

  • We want all of our students to feel safe and supported. Harassment, bullying, hazing, and other forms of victimization are prohibited in the Iowa City Community School District. If you or someone you know has been victimized, you are encouraged to report the incident(s) in one of two ways:

    • Report bullying, sexual harassment/assault, or a school safety concern anonymously by text:
      TEXT: @SAYIT
      TO: 833-769-0372
    • Contact your school administration to file a complaint.

    Please report as soon as possible.

    Want to reach out to someone directly?
    Students: Contact Charita Martin, Equity Coordinator. Email Charita or call (319) 688-1000.

    Staff: Contact Eric Howard, Director of Equity and Employee Relations. Email Eric or call (319) 688-1000.

    If you are unsure how to proceed or would like to discuss your options, you may contact Janet Abejo-Parker, Ombuds, at ombuds@iowacityschools.org or (319) 688-1312.