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What constitutes pervasive harassment?

Answer: 

The resident district determines if the applicant qualifies under the criteria of pervasive harassment. The following guidelines are used to determine if an applicant qualifies under the "good cause" provision. A parent or guardian who files an application for open enrollment after the March 1 deadline and alleges repeated acts of harassment is entitled to a hearing before the resident school board to try to prove that the application should be granted.

  1. The harassment must have occurred after March 1 or the student or parent is able to demonstrate that the extent of the harassment could not have been known until after March 1.
  2. The harassment must be specific electronic, written, verbal, or physical acts or conduct toward the student which created 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 student's person or property.
    2. Has a substantially 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.
  3. The evidence must show that the harassment is likely to continue despite the efforts of school officials to resolve the situation.
  4. Changing the student’s school district will alleviate the situation. In re Hannah T., 25 D.o.E. App. Dec. 26 (2007).

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 18, 2014 at 1:54pm.