HISD Dating Violence Policy

Dating violence occurs when a person in a current or past dating relationship uses
physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse to harm, threaten, intimidate, or control the
other person in the relationship. This type of conduct is considered harassment if the
conduct is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it affects the student’s ability to
participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity; creates an intimidating,
threatening, hostile, or offensive educational environment; or substantially interferes with
the student’s academic performance.

Examples of dating violence against a student may include, but are not limited to,
physical or sexual assaults, name-calling, put-downs, threats to hurt the student or the
student’s family members or members of the student’s household, destroying property
belonging to the student, threats to commit suicide or homicide if the student ends the
relationship, attempts to isolate the student from friends and family, stalking, or
encouraging others to engage in these behaviors
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