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TULSA PUBLIC SCHOOLS Policy 2119
STUDENT BULLYING PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION
PURPOSE: To address student bullying behavior effectively through a multi-faceted 
approach that includes education and the promotion of a positive school atmosphere.
The Board expressly prohibits any form of bullying behavior by students at school as well as 
active or passive support for acts of bullying. In addition, the Board prohibits bullying 
behavior by students outside of the regular school day if it causes a substantial and material 
disruption at school or an interference with rights of students and personnel to be secure. 
This includes but is not limited to bullying through electronic communication, whether or not 
such communication originated at school or with school equipment, if the communication is 
specifically directed at students or school personnel and concerns bullying at school.
The Superintendent or his/her designee will develop a regulation to support and provide 
specific procedures for implementation of this policy. The Superintendent or designee will 
also ensure that each site principal implements administrative regulations in furtherance of 
this policy. Students who engage in bullying behavior shall be subject to school discipline, 
up to and including suspension out of school in accordance with the policies, rules and 
regulations of the District’s Board of Education.
Student and Staff Education and Training
The District is committed to providing appropriate and relevant training annually to students 
and staff regarding preventing, identifying, responding to and reporting incidents of bullying. 
A full copy of this policy will be posted on the District’s website and included in all District 
handbooks. Parents, guardians, community members, and volunteers will be notified of the 
availability of this policy through the District’s annual written notice of the availability of the 
district’s anti-bullying policy. Written notice of the policy will also be posted at various places 
in all District school sites.
Students and staff will be periodically reminded throughout the year of the availability of this 
policy, the District’s commitment to preventing bullying, and help available for those affected 
by bullying. Anti-bullying programs will be incorporated into the District’s other violence 
prevention efforts.
All staff will receive annual training regarding preventing, identifying, reporting, and managing 
bullying. The district’s bullying coordinator and individuals designated as school site 
investigators will receive additional training regarding appropriate consequences and 
remedial action for bullies, helping targets of bullies, and the District’s strategy for counseling 
and referral for those affected by bullying. 
Students will receive annual education regarding behavioral expectations, understanding 
bullying and its negative effects, disciplinary consequences for infractions, reporting 
2119 Page 1 of 4methods, and consequences for those who knowingly make false reports. Any person who 
knowingly makes false accusations against another person will be appropriately disciplined 
pursuant to District policy. Any accusations confirmed to be false will be removed from the 
falsely-accused student's file. Parents and guardians may participate in a parent education 
component.
Student Reporting
Students are encouraged to inform school personnel if they are the target of or a witness to 
bullying. To make a report, students should notify a teacher, counselor, or principal. The 
employee will give the student an official report form, and will help the student complete the 
form, if needed. Reports can also be made by any student, parent, or patron through the 
District’s TIPS (Threat Assessment, Incident Management and Prevention Services) online 
reporting system found on the District’s website or by telephone at 918-746-6868.
Students may make an anonymous report of bullying, and such report will be investigated as 
thoroughly as possible. However, it is often difficult to fully investigate claims which are 
made anonymously and disciplinary action cannot be taken against an alleged bully solely on 
the basis of an anonymous report. 
Staff Reporting
Staff members will encourage students to report bullying. All employees are required to 
report acts of bullying to the school principal or his/her designee on an official report form. 
Any staff member who witnesses, hears about, or has reliable information that would lead a 
reasonable person to suspect that a student is a target of bullying is required to submit a 
report. 
Bullying Investigators
Each school site will have a designated individual and an alternate to investigate bullying 
reports. These individuals will be identified in the site’s student and staff handbooks, on the 
District’s website, and in the bullying prevention education provided annually to students and 
staff. The District’s anti-bullying program is coordinated at the District level by the District’s
Safe School Coordinator.
Investigating Bullying Reports
For any alleged incidents of bullying reported to school officials, the designated school official 
will investigate the alleged incident(s) and determine (i) whether the bullying conduct
occurred, (ii) the severity of the incident(s), and (iii) the potential for future violence. 
In conducting an investigation, the designated official shall interview relevant students and 
staff and review any documentation of the alleged incident(s). School officials may also work 
with outside professionals, such as local law enforcement, as deemed appropriate by the 
investigating official. In the event the investigator believes a criminal act may have been 
committed or there is a likelihood of violence, the investigator will immediately call local law 
enforcement and the superintendent or his/her designee. 
2119 Page 2 of 4At the conclusion of the investigation, the designated employee will document the steps 
taken to review the matter, the conclusions reached and any additional action taken, if 
applicable. Further, the investigator will notify the district’s bullying coordinator that an 
investigation has occurred and the results of the investigation.
Upon completion of an investigation, the school may recommend that available community 
mental health care or substance abuse options be provided to a student, if appropriate. The 
school may provide a student with information about the types of support services available 
to the student bully, target, and any other students affected by the prohibited behavior. 
These resources will be provided to any individual who requests such assistance or will be 
provided if a school official believes the resource might be of assistance to the 
student/family. No school employee is expected to evaluate the appropriateness or the 
quality of the resource provided, nor is any employee required to provide an exhaustive list of 
resources available. All school employees will act in good faith.
The school may request the disclosure of information concerning students who have 
received substance abuse or mental health care (pursuant to the previous paragraph) if that 
information indicates an explicit threat to the safety of students or school personnel, provided 
the disclosure of the information does not violate the requirements and provisions of the 
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the Health Insurance Portability and 
Accountability Act of 1996, OKLA. STAT. tit. 12 § 1376, OKLA. STAT. tit. 59 §1376 of the 
Oklahoma Statues, or any other state or federal laws regarding the disclosure of confidential 
information. The school may request the disclosure of information when it is believed that 
the student may have posed a danger to him/herself and having such information will allow 
school officials to determine if it is safe for the student to return to the regular classroom or if 
alternative education arrangements are needed.
Parental Notification
The assigned investigator will notify the parents of a target within two (2) school days that a 
bullying report has been received. Within two (2) school days of the conclusion of the 
investigation, the investigator will provide the parents of a target with the results of the 
investigation and any community resources deemed appropriate to the situation. 
If the report of bullying is substantiated, within two (2) school days of the conclusion of the 
investigation, the investigator will contact the parents of the bully to discuss disciplinary 
action and any community resources deemed appropriate to the situation. 
Parental Responsibilities
All parents/guardians will be informed in writing of the District’s program to stop bullying and 
will be given a copy of this policy upon request. An administrative response to a reported act 
of bullying may involve certain actions to be taken by parents. Parents will be informed of 
the program and the means for students to report bullying acts toward them or other 
2119 Page 3 of 4students. They will also be told that to help prevent bullying at school they should encourage 
their children to: 
 Report bullying when it occurs;
 Take advantage of opportunities to talk to their children about bullying;
 Inform the school immediately if they think their child is being bullied or is bullying 
other students; 
 Watch for symptoms that their child may be a target of bullying and report those 
symptoms; and
 Cooperate fully with school personnel in identifying and resolving incidents.
Monitoring and Compliance
In order to assist the State Department of Education with compliance efforts pursuant to the 
School Safety and Bullying Prevention Act, 70 OKLA. STAT. § 24-100.2 et seq., the district will 
identify a bullying coordinator who will serve as the District contact responsible for providing 
information to the State Board of Education. The bullying coordinator shall maintain updated 
contact information on file with the State Department of Education and the School District will 
notify the State Department of Education within fifteen (15) days of the appointment of a new 
bullying coordinator. 
A copy of this policy will be submitted to the State Department of Education by December 
10th of each school year as part of the District’s Annual Performance Report.
The Administration recognizes that there are many motivations behind the act of bullying, 
one of which may be for a discriminatory purpose. If the bullying behavior constitutes 
discriminatory harassment, intimidation or bullying (i.e., it is targeted toward an individual 
because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, 
veteran status, disability or genetic information), the misconduct is prohibited pursuant to 
District Policy 4902 regarding Discriminatory Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying and is 
subject to the procedure and protections specified in 4902 in addition to this policy. 
Retaliation is expressly prohibited against any person who participates in reporting, 
investigating or addressing any incident of bullying behavior. 
Legal reference: “School Safety and Bullying Prevention Act, 70 O.S. § 24-100.2, et seq.” ;
Cross reference: 4902, Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying
Adopted: May 2011
Revised August 2013 2119 Page 4 of 4


TULSA PUBLIC SCHOOLS Policy 2119
STUDENT BULLYING PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION
PURPOSE: To address student bullying behavior effectively through a multi-faceted 
approach that includes education and the promotion of a positive school atmosphere.
The Board expressly prohibits any form of bullying behavior by students at school as well as 
active or passive support for acts of bullying. In addition, the Board prohibits bullying 
behavior by students outside of the regular school day if it causes a substantial and material 
disruption at school or an interference with rights of students and personnel to be secure. 
This includes but is not limited to bullying through electronic communication, whether or not 
such communication originated at school or with school equipment, if the communication is 
specifically directed at students or school personnel and concerns bullying at school.
The Superintendent or his/her designee will develop a regulation to support and provide 
specific procedures for implementation of this policy. The Superintendent or designee will 
also ensure that each site principal implements administrative regulations in furtherance of 
this policy. Students who engage in bullying behavior shall be subject to school discipline, 
up to and including suspension out of school in accordance with the policies, rules and 
regulations of the District’s Board of Education.
Student and Staff Education and Training
The District is committed to providing appropriate and relevant training annually to students 
and staff regarding preventing, identifying, responding to and reporting incidents of bullying. 
A full copy of this policy will be posted on the District’s website and included in all District 
handbooks. Parents, guardians, community members, and volunteers will be notified of the 
availability of this policy through the District’s annual written notice of the availability of the 
district’s anti-bullying policy. Written notice of the policy will also be posted at various places 
in all District school sites.
Students and staff will be periodically reminded throughout the year of the availability of this 
policy, the District’s commitment to preventing bullying, and help available for those affected 
by bullying. Anti-bullying programs will be incorporated into the District’s other violence 
prevention efforts.
All staff will receive annual training regarding preventing, identifying, reporting, and managing 
bullying. The district’s bullying coordinator and individuals designated as school site 
investigators will receive additional training regarding appropriate consequences and 
remedial action for bullies, helping targets of bullies, and the District’s strategy for counseling 
and referral for those affected by bullying. 
Students will receive annual education regarding behavioral expectations, understanding 
bullying and its negative effects, disciplinary consequences for infractions, reporting 
2119 Page 1 of 4methods, and consequences for those who knowingly make false reports. Any person who 
knowingly makes false accusations against another person will be appropriately disciplined 
pursuant to District policy. Any accusations confirmed to be false will be removed from the 
falsely-accused student's file. Parents and guardians may participate in a parent education 
component.
Student Reporting
Students are encouraged to inform school personnel if they are the target of or a witness to 
bullying. To make a report, students should notify a teacher, counselor, or principal. The 
employee will give the student an official report form, and will help the student complete the 
form, if needed. Reports can also be made by any student, parent, or patron through the 
District’s TIPS (Threat Assessment, Incident Management and Prevention Services) online 
reporting system found on the District’s website or by telephone at 918-746-6868.
Students may make an anonymous report of bullying, and such report will be investigated as 
thoroughly as possible. However, it is often difficult to fully investigate claims which are 
made anonymously and disciplinary action cannot be taken against an alleged bully solely on 
the basis of an anonymous report. 
Staff Reporting
Staff members will encourage students to report bullying. All employees are required to 
report acts of bullying to the school principal or his/her designee on an official report form. 
Any staff member who witnesses, hears about, or has reliable information that would lead a 
reasonable person to suspect that a student is a target of bullying is required to submit a 
report. 
Bullying Investigators
Each school site will have a designated individual and an alternate to investigate bullying 
reports. These individuals will be identified in the site’s student and staff handbooks, on the 
District’s website, and in the bullying prevention education provided annually to students and 
staff. The District’s anti-bullying program is coordinated at the District level by the District’s
Safe School Coordinator.
Investigating Bullying Reports
For any alleged incidents of bullying reported to school officials, the designated school official 
will investigate the alleged incident(s) and determine (i) whether the bullying conduct
occurred, (ii) the severity of the incident(s), and (iii) the potential for future violence. 
In conducting an investigation, the designated official shall interview relevant students and 
staff and review any documentation of the alleged incident(s). School officials may also work 
with outside professionals, such as local law enforcement, as deemed appropriate by the 
investigating official. In the event the investigator believes a criminal act may have been 
committed or there is a likelihood of violence, the investigator will immediately call local law 
enforcement and the superintendent or his/her designee. 
2119 Page 2 of 4At the conclusion of the investigation, the designated employee will document the steps 
taken to review the matter, the conclusions reached and any additional action taken, if 
applicable. Further, the investigator will notify the district’s bullying coordinator that an 
investigation has occurred and the results of the investigation.
Upon completion of an investigation, the school may recommend that available community 
mental health care or substance abuse options be provided to a student, if appropriate. The 
school may provide a student with information about the types of support services available 
to the student bully, target, and any other students affected by the prohibited behavior. 
These resources will be provided to any individual who requests such assistance or will be 
provided if a school official believes the resource might be of assistance to the 
student/family. No school employee is expected to evaluate the appropriateness or the 
quality of the resource provided, nor is any employee required to provide an exhaustive list of 
resources available. All school employees will act in good faith.
The school may request the disclosure of information concerning students who have 
received substance abuse or mental health care (pursuant to the previous paragraph) if that 
information indicates an explicit threat to the safety of students or school personnel, provided 
the disclosure of the information does not violate the requirements and provisions of the 
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the Health Insurance Portability and 
Accountability Act of 1996, OKLA. STAT. tit. 12 § 1376, OKLA. STAT. tit. 59 §1376 of the 
Oklahoma Statues, or any other state or federal laws regarding the disclosure of confidential 
information. The school may request the disclosure of information when it is believed that 
the student may have posed a danger to him/herself and having such information will allow 
school officials to determine if it is safe for the student to return to the regular classroom or if 
alternative education arrangements are needed.
Parental Notification
The assigned investigator will notify the parents of a target within two (2) school days that a 
bullying report has been received. Within two (2) school days of the conclusion of the 
investigation, the investigator will provide the parents of a target with the results of the 
investigation and any community resources deemed appropriate to the situation. 
If the report of bullying is substantiated, within two (2) school days of the conclusion of the 
investigation, the investigator will contact the parents of the bully to discuss disciplinary 
action and any community resources deemed appropriate to the situation. 
Parental Responsibilities
All parents/guardians will be informed in writing of the District’s program to stop bullying and 
will be given a copy of this policy upon request. An administrative response to a reported act 
of bullying may involve certain actions to be taken by parents. Parents will be informed of 
the program and the means for students to report bullying acts toward them or other 
2119 Page 3 of 4students. They will also be told that to help prevent bullying at school they should encourage 
their children to: 
 Report bullying when it occurs;
 Take advantage of opportunities to talk to their children about bullying;
 Inform the school immediately if they think their child is being bullied or is bullying 
other students; 
 Watch for symptoms that their child may be a target of bullying and report those 
symptoms; and
 Cooperate fully with school personnel in identifying and resolving incidents.
Monitoring and Compliance
In order to assist the State Department of Education with compliance efforts pursuant to the 
School Safety and Bullying Prevention Act, 70 OKLA. STAT. § 24-100.2 et seq., the district will 
identify a bullying coordinator who will serve as the District contact responsible for providing 
information to the State Board of Education. The bullying coordinator shall maintain updated 
contact information on file with the State Department of Education and the School District will 
notify the State Department of Education within fifteen (15) days of the appointment of a new 
bullying coordinator. 
A copy of this policy will be submitted to the State Department of Education by December 
10th of each school year as part of the District’s Annual Performance Report.
The Administration recognizes that there are many motivations behind the act of bullying, 
one of which may be for a discriminatory purpose. If the bullying behavior constitutes 
discriminatory harassment, intimidation or bullying (i.e., it is targeted toward an individual 
because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, 
veteran status, disability or genetic information), the misconduct is prohibited pursuant to 
District Policy 4902 regarding Discriminatory Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying and is 
subject to the procedure and protections specified in 4902 in addition to this policy. 
Retaliation is expressly prohibited against any person who participates in reporting, 
investigating or addressing any incident of bullying behavior. 
Legal reference: “School Safety and Bullying Prevention Act, 70 O.S. § 24-100.2, et seq.” ;
Cross reference: 4902, Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying
Adopted: May 2011
Revised August 2013 2119 Page 4 of 4

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