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?

  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Gender Identity
  • Gender Expression
  • 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?

The California sample policy for bullying prevention Site exit disclaimer and a sample action plan Site exit disclaimer are available on the California Department of Education website Site exit disclaimer.

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

DEFINITIONS
Key Components Present in California State Laws Present in California Model Policy
Purpose YES YES
Scope YES YES
Prohibited Behavior YES YES
Enumerated Groups YES YES
DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT
Key Components Present in California State Laws Present in California Model Policy
District Policy YES N/A
District Policy Review YES N/A
DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS
Key Components Present in California State Laws Present in California Model Policy
Definitions YES YES
Reporting YES YES
Investigations YES YES
Written Records YES YES
Consequences YES YES
Mental Health YES NO
ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS
Key Components Present in California State Laws Present in California Model Policy
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

Visit the California Department of Education’s “Bullying and Hate-Motivated Behavior PreventionSite exit disclaimer webpage.

The key component framework used in the analysis of state laws is based on the review of legislation presented in the “Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies – December 2011” (U.S. Department of Education) (PDF - 4.6 MB).


Content last updated on June 28, 2016