What sort of incidents should be reported?
Bullying - A form of repeated persistent behaviour, by any means including technology, directed at an individual(s) that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear, distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying often occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance. Bullying may include but is not limited to the following:
- Acts of physical or social retaliation to an individual, an individual’s family, friend, or group,
- Threats of physical or social retaliation to an individual, an individual’s family, friend or group,
- Acts of verbal aggression such as unwanted jokes, name-calling, demeaning or offensive remarks, or innuendoes,
- Slander or spreading of rumours,
- Petty theft, extortion, demand for favours,
- Intentional exclusion and manipulation of friendships,
- Territorial bans,
- Coercion, and/or
- Cyber bullying.
Discrimination - Any adverse treatment based on personal characteristics such as, but not limited to, disability, age, ancestry, class, education, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Drugs - Any chemical that affects the human body or mind when taken in any way. Illegal drugs are not allowed to be owned or used by law.
Harassment - Any unwarranted, offensive behaviour that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome. It includes any comment, conduct, gesture or display that demeans, intimidates or causes embarrassment to another person.
Homophobia - Incidents of harassment, discrimination, and violence against members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Invasion of Privacy - An invasion of privacy occurs when your reasonable expectation of privacy is violated. The following are examples of invasion of privacy:
- Illegally intercepting calls;
- Snooping through someone’s private records;
- Taking photos or videos of someone inside their home or a private place without their knowledge or consent;
- Incessant unwanted phone calls;
- Publicly disclosing private information about someone that may cause damage or injury; and
- Publicizing a matter regarding another person’s private life.
Racism - A form of prejudice that assumes that the members of racial categories have distinctive characteristics and that these differences result in some racial groups being inferior to others. Racism generally includes negative emotional reactions to members of the group, acceptance of negative stereotypes, and racial discrimination against individuals; in some cases, it leads to violence.
Sexual misconduct - Any unwelcome behaviour of a sexual nature that is committed without consent or by force, intimidation, coercion, or manipulation. Sexual misconduct includes but is not limited to sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, and sexual intimidation.
Theft - The act of taking another person's property or services without that person's permission or consent with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it.
Threats - A use of words or actions which is, either expressly or implied, designed to instill fear in another person. Threats may include, but are not limited to notes, pictures, physical gestures, telephone calls, electronic messages, or personal property violations.
Vandalism - The deliberate damage or defacement of buildings, grounds, equipment, books and materials, or the personal property of individuals while on school premises.
Verbal abuse - The use of language, which is insulting, hurtful, offensive, reproachful, or which ridicules, disparages or belittles another person. Verbal abuse may include but is not limited to bullying, harassment, discrimination, sexual innuendo, or threats.
Violence - Any physical interference with another person which has or might reasonably have the effect of impairing another person’s health, welfare or safety.
Weapons - Anything used or intended for use in causing death or injury to persons, whether designed for such purpose or not; or anything used or intended for use for the purpose of threatening or intimidating any person.