Policy: Anti-Hazing

The BCCS will not tolerate any action or situation created that intentionally causes embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule; or risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of an organization or team whether new or not, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.

Due to the disabilities/needs of our students, we do not currently have any after school student groups or organizations or any non-school affiliated student organizations.

However, on or before October 1 of each year, the director of the school shall file a report as required by M.G.L.c. 269, §19.  Such reports as required by 603 CMR 33.04(1) shall include the following certifications:

a)     that the school has issued a copy of M.G.L.c. 269, §§17-19, to every student group or organization under its authority and to every member or applicant for membership in such group or organization;

b)    that the school has issued a copy of M.G.L.c. 269, §§17-19, to every non-affiliated student organization;

c)     that the school has obtained an acknowledgment of receipt from an officer of every group or organization under its authority, and every individual who has received a copy of M.G.L.c. 269, §§17-19;

d)    that the school has obtained an acknowledgment from a contact person for each non-school affiliated student organization that such organization has distributed a copy of M.G.L.c. 269, §§17-19 to every member, plebe, pledgee or applicant for membership in such group or organization; and,

e)     that the school has adopted a disciplinary policy with regard to the organizers of and participants in hazing which has been approved by the school committee, is available to anyone upon request, and has been filed with the Bureau of Student Services as required by M.G.L.c. 71, § 37H.

Hazing shall mean any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person.  Such conduct shall include whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance, or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or other person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.

Any hazing incidents may be reported by parents, guardians, staff, and others.  It is not required that our Incident Reporting Form (attached) be used.  Report may be made to the program director in writing, telephone, or personal conversation.  Reports may be made anonymously but no disciplinary action will be taken solely on the basis of an anonymous report.  The program director will take steps to assess the need to restore a sense of safety to the alleged target and/or protect the target from further incidents.

The program director will promptly investigate all reports of hazing.  If necessary, the program director will consult with legal counsel about the investigation.  The program director will maintain a written record of the investigation.

The program director will promptly notify parents, guardians and students of the results of the investigation.  All notices to parents and students will comply with applicable state and federal privacy laws and regulations. Any reported incident will be disseminated to the student’s sending school district.

If the program director determines that criminal charges may be pursued, he/she will notify the local law enforcement agency.  Notice will be consistent with the requirements of 603 CRM 49.00.

Currently, secondary age student is defined as grades 9-12 and beyond.  During the IEP meeting for these students, parents are provided with M.G.L.c. 269, §§17-19, the Disciplinary Code, and the BCCS Anti-Hazing policy.  A social story is used by the SPED teacher to illustrate the anti-hazing regulations/disciplinary code and the BCCS Anti-Hazing policy to students in a way they can understand.  Each student will use a “bingo” stamp to sign the social story.  The SPED teacher signs the social story as a witness.  A copy of the signed social story will be maintained in the student record.  The teacher will sign and date a tracking form (attached) to be maintained by the Administrative Assistant.

At the start of the 2018/19 school year (July 1), secondary age student will be defined as those in grades 6-12 and beyond.  At the start of each school year, and annually thereafter, special education teachers will address Anti-Hazing with all secondary age students in their classrooms in accordance with the process outlined above.

For secondary age students, Anti-Hazing Policy, Regulations (M.G.L.c. 269, §§17-19) and Disciplinary Action, will be provided to parents at the start of each school year (July 1) as part of the BCCS “intake” documentation (yearly update of permissions granted/denied, and provision of emergency medical transport).  Parents of secondary age students will be required to sign and return an acknowledgment of receipt of these policies.

Staff will be informed of anti-hazing reporting requirements as well as punishments, in accordance with M.G.L.c. 269, § 18, Failure to Report Hazing, during annual orientation or within one month of hire.