Harassment (HAR) - Level IV


Any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, use of data or computer software, or written, verbal, or physical conduct that 1) places a student or school employee in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property, 2) has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits, or 3) has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of a school including any course of conduct directed at a specific person that causes substantial emotional distress in such a person and serves no legitimate purpose.

Harassment involves one-time insulting behaviors.


  • One student approaches another student and makes an insulting gesture. The targeted student runs off in tears and is visibly upset.


  • Two students approach each other and one student makes an insulting gesture towards the other student. Both students are good friends no offense was taken by either student from the interaction.

Additional Guidelines

Use the code for Unsubstantiated Harassment (UHR) when, after a complete investigation and follow up of a reported harassment incident, the investigator determines that there is not enough evidence to substantiate that the incident meets the criteria of a prohibited act under definition of harassment as listed in the Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for all Students Act (Florida Statute 1006.147).


  • 1006.147 Bullying and harassment prohibited.


Office of Safe Schools
325 West Gaines Street, Room 1302
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Phone: 850-245-5173