Connecticut Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

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

Bullying and positive school climate.

Do these laws cover cyberbullying?

Yes.  

What groups are listed under Connecticut state law?

The Connecticut law prohibits bullying based on any of the following actual or perceived differentiating characteristics:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Ancestry
  • National origin
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity or expression
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Academic status
  • Physical appearance
  • Mental, physical, developmental or sensory disability
  • Association with an individual or group who has or is perceived to have one or more of such characteristics.

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

A state school climate plan template is available at the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. A PowerPoint presentation providing guidance on the provisions of the Connecticut anti-bullying law is available at the Connecticut State Department of Education.

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

Key ComponentsPresent in Connecticut State LawsPresent in Connecticut Model Policy
DEFINITIONS
Purpose

YES

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

YES

N/A

Reporting

YES

YES

Investigations

YES

YES

Written Records

YES

YES

Consequences

YES

YES

Mental Health

NO

YES

ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS
Communications

YES

YES

Training/Prevention

YES

YES

Transparency/Monitoring

NO

YES

Legal Remedies

YES

YES

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

What are the Connecticut state laws that cover bullying?

For More Information

See "Bullying and Harassment" by the Connecticut Department of Education.

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