Cyberbullying Policy

All forms of bullying are against AHA policy. Cyberbullying is the misuse of technology that causes substantial disruption of the learning environment. It includes, but is not limited to, teasing, intimidation, defaming, threatening, or terrorizing another student, teacher, administrator, volunteer, contractor, or other employee of the school by sending or posting e-mail messages, instant messages, text messages, digital pictures or images, or Web site posting, including blogs. Misuse of technology may constitute an act of bullying regardless of whether such acts are committed on or off school property and/or with or without the use of school resources.

Consequences may include, but are not limited to: serious warning, loss of technology privileges, suspension, and even expulsion.  Cyberbullying may also result in criminal prosecution or civil action.

Substantial Disruption of the Learning Environment

Substantial Disruption of the Learning Environment as the result of cyberbullying off campus “means without limitation that any one or more of the following occur as a result of the bullying (AR Legislature, Public Act 115). 

  1. Necessary cessation of instruction or educational activities;
  2. Inability of students or educational staff to focus on learning or function as an education unit because of hostile environment;
  3. Severe or repetitive disciplinary measures are needed in the classroom or during education al activities; or
  4. Exhibition of other behavior by students or educational staff that substantially interfere with the learning environment.

Examples of cyberbullying

Cyberbullying can take many different forms. These are some examples:

  • Flaming – Online fights using electronic messages with angry and vulgar messages.
  • Harassment – Repeatedly sending nasty, mean and insulting messages.
  • Denigration – “Dissing” (disrespecting) someone online. Sending or posting rumors to damage a person’s reputation.
  • Impersonation – Pretending to be someone else and sending material to get that person in trouble.
  • Outing – Sharing someone’s secrets or embarrassing information or pictures online.
  • Exclusion – Intentionally and cruelly excluding someone from an online group.
  • Cyberstalking – Repeated, intense harassment that includes threats and creates fear. (from Willard’s Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats)

Any form of Cyberbullying can be a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and disciplined accordingly. See the Disciplinary Action Options section in the Discipline and Codes of Conduct area of the Student Policy Handbook.

(Adopted 1/26/09 ; updated mn 6/14/11, updated 12/17/19 ga)