ERIC Number: EJ864639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Student-on-Student Harassment and Zero Tolerance: Achieving a Delicate Balance
Essex, Nathan L.
ERS Spectrum, v27 n1 p1-6 Win 2009
Zero tolerance policy. Most school districts have a zero tolerance policy in place for drug use, weapons on campus, sexual harassment, or all of the above. At their very core, zero tolerance policies make schools safer. However, a one-size-fits-all approach does not work well in all situations involving student misconduct. This article outlines what zero tolerance is, provides a history of zero tolerance policy as it relates to sexual harassment, and outlines fundamentals for fairness in harassment cases. The article concludes with alternatives to zero tolerance policy and 11 key points for districts to consider as they review their existing policy or develop zero tolerance policies.
Descriptors: Drug Use, Zero Tolerance Policy, Peer Relationship, Bullying, Aggression, School Safety, Educational Environment, Discipline, Sexual Harassment, Student Rights
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Civil Rights Act 1964 Title VII; Education Amendments 1972; Title IX Education Amendments 1972