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Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB)

The Cape May City School district is committed to providing an educationally safe learning environment for students and staff which prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying (HIB). The district’s partnerships with the local community and county (Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, the Cape May City Police & Fire Departments, the Cape May City Public Works Department, the County Office of Emergency Management and the United States Coast Guard Base) have allowed school administrators, faculty, staff and volunteers to demonstrate appropriate behaviors and to educate students in a safe and disciplined school district where students can socialize and continue to achieve high academic standards while being treated with respect.

Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) Definition

  • HIB means intentional conduct, including gestures, physical, verbal, or written conduct or electronic communication (by the use of an electronic device, including a telephone, cellular phone, computer, or pager) that creates a hostile educational environment by substantially interfering with a student’s education.


  • Motivation for HIB behavior

  *Any actual or perceived characteristic

  *Examples: race, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ancestry,  
   mental/physical/sensory disability, or any other distinguishing characteristic(s)  

  • Location of Incident
    *Occurs on school property

    *At school sponsored activity or event

    *On a school bus

    *Off school grounds (including cyberspace)

  • Substantially Disrupts the Orderly Operation of a School
    In addition to causing substantial disruption or interference the HIB conduct must meet one of the following conditions:

  *Has an effect of insulting or demeaning student or group of students

  *Creates a hostile educational environment for student by interfering with students education or

 *Severely or pervasively causes physical or emotional harm to students



District Implementation of HIB Legislation

  • Anti-Bullying Coordinator
  • Anti-Bullying Specialist
  • School Safety Team
  • Reporting Form for HIB
  • Specific Timelines for Investigation Procedures
  • Student HIB Contract and Parent/Guardian HIB Agreement
  • Training/Distribution of HIB Information to Administrators, Faculty, Staff and Volunteers
  • Reports to the Cape May City Board of Education
  • Statistics to the New Jersey Department of Education