KDEB Controversial Communications

 

Title

Controversial Communications

Designation

KDEB

Office/Custodian

Education/Director of Communications, Director of Culture & Services Operations/Director of Safety & Security

 
The Board desires to enhance student learning by striving to provide an environment where students and staff feel safe and secure and take pride in their schools. To that end and to promote transparency within the district community, the Board adopts this policy.

Students and district staff are encouraged to report any graffiti or other iconography to the principal or designee for investigation.

When graffiti or other iconography is found on the district’s physical or virtual property, the district shall conduct an investigation to determine its significance and the potential impact on the district’s operations, as well as whether such graffiti or other iconography violates district policy and/or applicable law.

When the district finds unauthorized graffiti or iconography on the district’s physical or virtual property, it will be documented for analysis. Photographs or other evidence of the graffiti or other iconography shall be preserved as necessary for investigation by the district or law enforcement and as evidence in any district disciplinary proceedings. Unless the district determines that a compelling reason exists to leave the graffiti or iconography in place, it will be removed to deny satisfaction to the perpetrator(s) and discourage ‘copycat’ incidents.

As appropriate, the Director of Safety and Security will interface with law enforcement to determine if the graffiti or iconography is associated with known gang or hate group activity. The Director of Culture and Services will use outside resources (e.g., Southern Poverty Law Center, Anti-Defamation League, etc.) to determine if the graffiti or iconography has national or international significance. The Director of Communications will determine the appropriateness of initial and subsequent communication to the public. The Director of Communications may facilitate a panel of students to evaluate new and emerging symbols, which may not have reached popular awareness. A threat assessment may be made as deemed necessary or appropriate by the district. If the district determines the outcome of the investigation warrants public communication, the district shall communicate such message and the district may provide an opportunity for public response. See KDEB-E for a more detailed process flow.

If the district determines that the graffiti or iconography represents a threat to an individual or group, contains incitements to violence, threats, or intimidation, and/or that the graffiti or iconography violates district policy, the district shall pursue disciplinary and/or other action against the perpetrator(s), if known, in accordance with applicable district policy, Human Resources sanction, and state and federal law. If the district determines that the perpetrator’s or perpetrators’ intent was to violate an individual’s or group’s protections under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or Title IX a report maybe made to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and/or the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR), as appropriate.

  • Adopted: May 12, 2016
  • Reviewed: April 11, 2019

LEGAL REFS:
  • C.R.S. 22-32-110 (1)(r) (power to exclude materials that are immoral or pernicious)
  • C.R.S. 18-9-110 (public buildings – trespass, interference)
  • C.R.S. 18-9-117 (unlawful conduct on public property)

CROSS REFS:
  • AC, Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity
  • ADD, Safe Schools
  • ECAC, Vandalism
  • GBEB, Staff Conduct and Responsibilities
  • GCQF, Discipline, Suspension and Dismissal of Professional Staff
  • GDQD, Discipline, Suspension and Dismissal of Support Staff
  • JICDA, Code of Conduct
  • JICDF, Cyber Bullying
  • JICDD, Violent and Aggressive Behavior
  • JICEC, Student Distribution of Noncurricular Materials
  • JICF, Secret Societies/Gang Activity
  • JKD/JKE, Suspension/Expulsion of Students
  • KFA, Public Conduct on District Property