California Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

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

Discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying.

Do these laws cover cyberbullying?

Yes. 

What groups are listed under California state law?

The following groups are listed under California state law—although these are defined under harassment, not bullying:

  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Race or ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation
  • Association with a person or group with one of more of these actual or perceived characteristics

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 sample policy for bullying prevention and a sample action plan are available at the California Department of Education.

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

Key Components

Present in California State Laws

Present in California Model Policy

DEFINITIONS

Purpose

NO

YES

Scope

YES

YES

Prohibited Behavior

YES

YES

Enumerated Groups

YES

YES

DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT

District Policy

YES

N/A

District Policy Review

YES

N/A

DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS

Definitions

NO

N/A

Reporting

YES

YES

Investigations

YES

YES

Written Records

YES

YES

Consequences

YES

YES

Mental Health

NO

NO

ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS

Communications

YES

YES

Training/Prevention

YES

YES

Transparency/Monitoring

YES

NO

Legal Remedies

NO

NO

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

What are the California state laws that cover bullying?

 

 

For More Information

See “Bullying and Hate-Motivated Behavior Prevention” by the California Department of Education.

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