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BILL ID: HB 482 (2006)
00 Enrolled HB 482
01 Relating to harassment, intimidation,
and bullying in schools.
03 * Section 1. AS 14.33
is amended by adding new sections to read:
Article 4. Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying.
Sec. 14.33.200. Harassment, intimidation, and bullying policy. (a) By
1, 2007, each school district shall adopt a policy that prohibits the harassment,
or bullying of any student. Each school district shall share this policy
parents or guardians, students, volunteers, and school employees.
(b) The policy must be adopted through the standard policy-making
each district that includes the opportunity for participation by parents
employees, volunteers, students, administrators, and community
The policy must emphasize positive character traits and values,
the importance of civil and respectful speech and conduct, and the
of students to comply with the district's policy prohibiting harassment,
or bullying. The policy must also include provisions for an appropriate
schedule up to and including expulsion and reporting of criminal activity
local law enforcement authorities. School employees, volunteers, students,
shall adhere to this policy.
(c) By January 1, 2007, the department, in consultation with representatives
or guardians, school personnel, and other interested parties, may provide
districts a model harassment, intimidation, and bullying prevention policy
materials on the components that should be included in a district policy.
materials may be disseminated in a variety of ways, including workshops
staff developmental activities, and through the Internet website of the
Materials included on the Internet website must include the model policy
recommended training and instructional materials. The department may provide
to the school district's Internet website for further information.
Sec. 14.33.210. Reporting of incidents of harassment, intimidation, or
Beginning with the 2007 - 2008 school year, each school district shall
the department by November 30 all incidents resulting in suspension or
harassment, intimidation, or bullying on school premises or on transportation
used by schools in the school year preceding the report. The department
the data and report it to the appropriate committees of the Alaska House
and the Senate.
Sec. 14.33.220. Reporting; no reprisals. (a) A school employee, student,
may not engage in reprisal, retaliation, or false accusation against a
or person with reliable information about an act of harassment, intimidation,
(b) A school employee, student, or volunteer who has witnessed, or
information that a student has been subjected to, harassment, intimidation,
whether verbal or physical, shall report the incident to an appropriate
(c) This section does not prohibit discipline or other adverse action
with school district policies against a person who falsely and in bad faith
a person of engaging in harassment, intimidation, or bullying or who
provides false information in connection with an investigation of an
incident of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
Sec. 14.33.230. Immunity from suit. A school employee, student, or
who reports an incident of harassment, intimidation, or bullying to a school
and who makes this report in good faith is immune from a cause of action
arising from a failure to remedy the reported incident or for making the
Sec. 14.33.250. Definitions. In AS 14.33.200 - 14.33.250,
(1) "district" has the meaning given in AS 14.17.990;
(2) "harassment, intimidation, or bullying" means an intentional
oral, or physical act, when the act is undertaken with the intent of threatening,
harassing, or frightening the student, and
(A) physically harms the student or damages the student's
(B) has the effect of substantially interfering with the student's
(C) is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an
intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
(D) has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly
operation of the school;
(3) "school official" means an employee of a school, including a
administrator, or noncertificated support staff or paraprofessional.