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BP 5145.9


Hate-Motivated Behavior



In order to create a safe learning environment for all students, the San Benito County Office Board of Education (County Board) desires to protect the right of every student to be free from hate-motivated behavior and will promote harmonious relationships among students so as to enable them to gain a true understanding of the civil rights and social responsibilities of people in society.  The San Benito County Office of Education (SBCOE) prohibits discriminatory behavior or statements that degrade an individual on the basis of his/her actual or perceived race, ethnicity, culture, heritage, gender, sex, sexual orientation, physical/mental attributes, or religious beliefs or practices.


The SBCOE shall provide age-appropriate instruction to help promote an understanding of and respect for human rights, diversity, and tolerance in a multicultural society and to provide strategies to manage conflicts constructively.


The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that staff receive training on recognizing hate-motivated behavior and on strategies to help respond appropriately to such behavior.


Grievance Procedures


Any student who believes he/she is a victim of hate-motivated behavior shall immediately contact the Principal.  Upon receiving such a complaint, the Principal shall immediately investigate the complaint in accordance with school-level complaint process/grievance procedures.  A student who has been found to have demonstrated hate-motivated behavior shall be subject to discipline in accordance with law, Board policy, and administrative regulation.


Staff who receive notice of hate-motivated behavior or personally observe such behavior shall notify the Coordinator/Principal, Superintendent or designee, and/or law enforcement, as appropriate.


As necessary, the district shall provide counseling, guidance, and support to students who are victims of hate-motivated behavior and to students who exhibit such behavior.



Legal Reference:


200-262.4  Prohibition of discrimination

32282  School safety plans

48900.3  Suspension for hate violence

48900.4  Suspension or expulsion for threats or harassment


422.55  Definition of hate crime

422.6  Crimes, harassment


4600-4687  Uniform Complaint Procedures

4900-4965  Nondiscrimination in elementary and secondary education programs


Policy Adopted: 6-28-18