Below is the policy and procedure to address bullying and harassment at Murchison Middle School. You will also find an attachment which is a report form that can be turned in to the counseling office. Please contact your grade level counselor if you have any questions.
Murchison Middle School
Bullying and Harassment Policy and Procedure
Murchison Middle School is committed to providing a safe and positive learning environment for all students that promotes respect and dignity. High Standards are expected for both academic and behavior.
Bullying is defined as written or oral expression or physical conduct that a school district’s board of trustees or the board’s designee determines: 1) To have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property; or 2) To be sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to create an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.
The term “cyberbullying” shall mean using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies, cell phones, or any other electronic devices to engage in written or verbal expression or physical conduct that the Board or designee determines: 1. Will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property; or 2. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.
Harassment is defined as conduct that threatens to cause harm or bodily injury to another student, is sexually intimidating, causes physical damage to the property of another student, subjects another student to physical confinement or restraint or maliciously and substantially harms another student’s physical or emotional health or safety.
Students who believe they have been harassed or bullied are encouraged to promptly report such incidents to their counselor or administrator. Complaints will be documented and investigated. Reports of prohibited conduct shall be made as soon as possible after the alleged act or knowledge of the alleged act. A failure to promptly report may impair the District’s ability to investigate and address the prohibited conduct
Campus Complaint Procedure:
- Student and/or parent will complete a complaint form available in the counseling office or online.
- The complaint form will be submitted to the appropriate administrator immediately.
- The administrator or a counselor will investigate complaints by meeting separately with each student involved in the situation.
- The administrator or a counselor will conference with the targeted student and parent to discuss safety.
- The administrator or a counselor will conference with the accused student and parent to discuss appropriate behaviors and consequences. With the prior consent of the targeted student, the principal may issue a School-based Stay Away Agreement to the accused student during the conference.
Campus policies and procedures are aligned to the Austin Independent School District’s Parent and Student Rights concerning bullying and harassment. A copy of these rights can be obtained through the counselor’s office.
- Bullying Prevention
- Policies and Research
- Reporting Bullying, Sexual Harassment, and Dating Violence
- Resources for Bullying Prevention, Dating Violence Intervention, Families, LGBTQ+