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 harassment law:

  • 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?

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

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

DEFINITIONS
Key ComponentsPresent in California State LawsPresent in California Model Policy
PurposeYESYES
ScopeYESYES
Prohibited BehaviorYESYES
Enumerated GroupsYESYES
DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT
Key ComponentsPresent in California State LawsPresent in California Model Policy
District PolicyYESN/A
District Policy ReviewYESN/A
DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS
Key ComponentsPresent in California State LawsPresent in California Model Policy
DefinitionsYESN/A
ReportingYESYES
InvestigationsYESYES
Written RecordsYESYES
ConsequencesYESYES
Mental HealthNONO
ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS
Key ComponentsPresent in California State LawsPresent in California Model Policy
CommunicationsYESYES
Training/PreventionYESYES
Transparency/MonitoringYESNO
Legal RemediesNONO

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 “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) (PDF - 4.6 MB).


Content last updated on March 31, 2014