Arkansas Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

What term is used in the Arkansas anti-bullying laws?

Bullying. Harassment is covered separately.

Do these laws cover cyberbullying?

Yes. 

What groups are listed under Arkansas state law?

The following groups are listed under Arkansas state law—although bullying is not limited to behaviors targeting these attributes:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Ancestry
  • National origin
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Academic status
  • Disability
  • Gender or gender identity
  • Physical appearance
  • Health condition
  • Sexual orientation

Schools that receive federal funding are required by federal law to address discrimination on a number of different personal characteristics.  Find out when bullying may be a civil rights violation.

Is there a state model policy I can use to create anti-bullying policies at my school or district?

A state model policy is available at the Arkansas Department of Education Site exit disclaimer .

Which of the key components can be found in Arkansas anti-bullying laws and policies?

Key Components

Present in Arkansas State Laws

Present in Arkansas Model Policy

DEFINITIONS

Purpose

YES

YES

Scope

YES

NO

Prohibited Behavior

YES

YES

Enumerated Groups

YES

NO

DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT

District Policy

YES

N/A

District Policy Review

YES

N/A

DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS

Definitions

YES

N/A

Reporting

YES

YES

Investigations

YES

YES

Written Records

YES

NO

Consequences

YES

YES

Mental Health

YES

NO

ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS

Communications

YES

NO

Training/Prevention

YES

YES

Transparency/Monitoring

NO

NO

Legal Remedies

NO

NO

NOTE: Click on the Key Components links to get more information about that component.

What are the Arkansas state laws that cover bullying?

For More Information

Visit the Arkansas Department of Education Site exit disclaimer website.

Information for this page was developed from “Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies – December 2011” (U.S. Department of Education).