District of Columbia - Hazing Policy: Policy or Plan Requirements

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State law prohibits hazing as a violation of student codes of conduct without requiring districts to adopt hazing policies.

District of Columbia Municipal Regulations 2502 GROUNDS FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION

2502.3 Tier III behaviors are those behaviors not specifically enumerated in any other tier in this chapter that cause significant disruption to the academic environment or cause harm to self or others. In addition to lesser consequences, Tier III behaviors may result in either on-site or off-site Suspension.
(a) The following behaviors shall be considered Tier III behaviors:

  • (1) Inappropriate Use of DCPS Computer or Network (restricted websites, offensive emails);
  • (2) Sale or Distribution of any item without authorization;
  • (3) Possession or Distribution of obscene or pornographic material on school premises;
  • (4) Possession or Use of tobacco;
  • (5) Use of alcohol;
  • (6) Use of marijuana, controlled dangerous substances, imitation controlled substances, inhalants, other intoxicants, or drug paraphernalia;
  • (7) Unauthorized Possession, Use, or Distribution of over-the-counter medication;
  • (8) Verbal, written, or physical Threat to person or property (including intimidating postures);
  • (9) Obscene, seriously offensive, or abusive language or gestures;
  • (10) Causing disruption on school property or at any DCPS-sponsored or supervised activity;
  • (11) Gambling;
  • (12) Communicating slurs based on actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, status as a victim of an intrafamily offense, or place of residence or business, including derogatory sexual language;
  • (13) Engaging in Sexual Acts on school premises or at school-related functions;
  • (14) Leaving school without permission;
  • (15) Academic Dishonesty;
  • (16) Forgery;
  • (17) Lying to or giving misleading information to school staff;
  • (18) Posting or distributing material or literature that is disrespectful, demeaning, humiliating, or damaging to students and/or staff. This includes posting material on internet or sending material electronically (via email or cell phone);
  • (19) Engaging in behavior that demonstrates Gang/neighborhood crew affiliation (displaying clothing or gestures associated with Gangs);
  • (20) Hazing;

District of Columbia Municipal Regulations 2599 DEFINITIONS

"Hazing" - actions taken against a person for the purpose of being initiated into a group that endangers the mental or physical health, well being or safety of a student, and results in humiliation, embarrassment, ridicule, intimidation or shame.

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