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CNG Code of Honor & Disciplinary Policy

COH_Conflict & Bullying at CNG

Is It Conflict or Bullying?

How can you tell if someone is being bullied? Sometimes it isn’t clear. When should you seek adult help?

The chart below can help to clarify whether it is bullying or something else.

When it’s just joking around:

  • Everyone is having fun

  • No one is getting hurt

  • Everyone is equally participating

  • This is not bullying.

When it’s only a one time thing

  • Someone is being mean on purpose.

  • It’s a reaction to a strong emotion.

  • It happens once and isn’t repeated (in most but not all cases).

  • Although you might feel hurt, this is not typically bullying.

Please note that regardless of where behavior fits into the above chart, it will be addressed by administration and counseling, if it is needed, and there may be consequences according to what has occurred.


Conflict is a natural part of human development, and as an educational institution, we strive to teach and support students’ understanding and skills for conflict resolution - an ongoing component of character education at CNG. We recognize that student management of conflict resolution is developmental in nature with resulting behaviors such as arguments, disagreements and/or a range of unacceptable physical interactions including pushing, shoving or fighting. Sometimes friendships ebb and flow and that can also lead to conflict, but typically conflict can be resolved independently or with the help of an adult.


Bullying is intentional, unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by one (or more) person(s) toward another that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance and is typically repeated multiple times. Bullying may inflict serious harm or distress on the targeted youth. All cases of bullying will be determined based on the professional judgement of the school-based team.

• With the aforementioned definitions in mind, it is the responsibility of CNG community members to report bullying situations to the appropriate Administrator in a timely manner so effective follow up and intervention takes place.

CNG Process for Follow Up:

1. A report of a bullying situation may be made by a student, teacher, parent or any school personnel to a building-level Principal/Associate Principal (AP) or divisional Counselor. Reports need to be made in a timely fashion to be handled in a comprehensive manner. The reported incident is documented in writing and/ or via Skyward referral system. The latter is the process for school personnel. In alignment with our progressive discipline policy, bullying incidents can only be handled by the Administration once they have been reported.

2. A full investigation of all involved parties is then undertaken by School Principal/AP, as well as the Chief of Security, as needed. The CNG Disciplinary Process is outlined in the CNG Code of Honor and Disciplinary Policy (p.7). Please note: in accordance with best- practice research, in a situation which may be deemed bullying, those involved are interviewed separately. Testimonies are recorded, documented in Skyward, and cross referenced.

3. If after investigation, it is deemed by the school-based team that bullying has occurred (see definition), disciplin- ary consequences, parent meetings, and counseling sessions ensue in accordance with our CNG Code of Honor and Dis- ciplinary Policy. Although as a school we believe in Restorative Practices, this approach is typically not appropriate for situations of bullying.


  • Two people who are equals have a fight, an argument, or a dis- agreement.

  • No one else is in- volved.

  • A solution or compromise can

    usually be found

  • Stressful to both participants but

    not bullying.

Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying

  • It’s repeated, unwant- ed, aggressive behav- ior towards someone by an individual or a group.

  • It’s repeated exclusion of an individual or a group.

  • Someone is being hurt on purpose by an individual or a group.

  • There is an actual or perceived power imbalance

  • The behavior can be so- cial, verbal, physical or cyber. This is typically bullying. 



a. All incidents of bullying are serious offenses and will receive corresponding consequences. Repeated bullying, bullying which occurs despite intervention, or particularly severe instances of bullying are grave offenses.

b. All cases of reported bullying will conclude with ongoing monitoring, support and full-circle communication with students, parents, and school staff as appropriate.



The act of systematic and/ or continued unwanted and annoying actions of one party or a group, including threats and demands.


To make someone afraid for their safety and/or well being.

defamatory statements libel (written) slander (spoken)

A false statement of fact that is negligently or intentionally communicated or published to a third party and that causes injury or damage to the subject of the statement.


The practice of playing unpleasant tricks on someone or forcing someone to do unpleasant things.


To express that you will harm someone or do something unpleasant or unwanted especially in order to make someone do what you want.


Not being accepting of differences such as social status, religion, ethnicities, sexual orientation, native language, disabilities, etc.

social exclusion

Shunning and not allowing someone to participate.

Adapted from Definition of Bullying Among Youths (CDC 2014) and Olweus Prevention Pro- gram literature. Definitions were taken from dic- and other online dictionaries.


COH_CNG Policy on Student Rights Related to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity as Aligned with Colombian Law


As stated in our CNG Honor Code and Disciplinary Policy since 2010:

Listed as a Serious Offense: Expressing intolerance relating to race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sex, gender expression, or personal orientation.

As officially outlined in Colombian law for schools and other institutions, CNG policies reflect our school’s ongoing commitment to the following:

1. Respecting the rights of all students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and;

2. Providing active protection for students to help prevent and strongly address any kind of discrimination, harassment, violence, aggression, bullying, or exclusion by other students or from members of the school community.

CNG’s policy statement conforms to Article 16 of the Colombian Constitution, which states: “All persons have the right to free development of personality, with no other limitations than those imposed by the rights of others and by the legal system.” Colombian law also regards individuals with diverse gender identity as part of a minority that has been historically discriminated against and excluded, even within the LGBT community. As a result, the protections provided to all CNG students exist not only to prevent them from being victims of any type of discrimination but also to allow them their legal right to fully and freely develop their personal sexual orienta- tion and gender identity.

Approved by the CNG Board of Directors Policy Adopted on September 5, 2016


COH_Sexual Harassment Information


Sexual harassment is defined as unwanted and unwelcome sexual behavior and individuals who experience sexual harassment feel fearful, intimidated, manipulated, and overpowered.

a. Sexual harassment which is physical may include touching that is uncomfortable, embarrassing, and/or offensive.

b. Sexual harassment is most frequently verbal.

i. Using crude or sexually inappropriate language can be considered sexual harassment if it creates an uncomfortable environment.

ii. Sexual harassment may also include offensive jokes, comments, greetings, verbal teasing, or inappropriate name-calling, such as ‘‘hey, babe,’’ ‘‘hot stuff,’’ or ‘‘big stud.’’

iii. Students often sexually harass others by calling them ‘‘fag,’’ ‘‘homo,’’ or other degrading terms that refer to sexual orientation.

c. Other types of sexual harassment include students starting or spreading sexual rumors, sending mean or crude text messages, writing sexual graffiti on bathroom walls, sending crude e-mails or letters, and displaying sexual drawings or pornography.

d. Requesting sexual favors, especially when a power dynamic between students is in place, for various reasons is considered sexual harassment.

e. Sharing images with nudity or sexual content of other students.

The above is taken from National Association of School Psychologists 2010


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