Washington D.C. Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

What term is used in the District of Columbia anti-bullying laws?

Bullying.

Do these laws cover cyberbullying?

Yes.

What groups are listed under District of Columbia law?

The following groups are listed under District of Columbia law:

  • Race, color, ethnicity, national origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Personal appearance
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity or expression
  • Intellectual ability
  • Familial status
  • Family responsibilities
  • Matriculation
  • Political affiliation
  • Genetic information
  • Disability
  • Source of income
  • Status as a victim of an intra-family offense
  • Place of residence or business
  • Any other distinguishing characteristic
  • Association with a person, or group with any person, with one or more of the actual or perceived foregoing 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 model policy I can use to create anti-bullying policies at my school or district?

The District of Columbia model bullying prevention policy Site exit disclaimer is available on the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights website Site exit disclaimer.

Please note, all District of Columbia Public Schools Site exit disclaimer use the same bullying prevention policy Site exit disclaimer. DC Public Charter Schools and other Youth Serving Agencies may adopt their own policies.

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

DEFINITIONS
Key ComponentsPresent in District of Columbia LawsPresent in District of Columbia Model Policy
PurposeYESYES
ScopeYESYES
Prohibited BehaviorYESYES
Enumerated GroupsYESYES
DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT
Key ComponentsPresent in District of Columbia LawsPresent in District of Columbia Model Policy
District PolicyYESN/A
District Policy ReviewYESN/A
DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS
Key ComponentsPresent in District of Columbia LawsPresent in District of Columbia Model Policy
DefinitionsYESYES
ReportingYESYES
InvestigationsYESYES
Written RecordsYESYES
ConsequencesYESYES
Mental HealthYESYES
ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS
Key ComponentsPresent in District of Columbia LawsPresent in District of Columbia Model Policy
CommunicationsYESYES
Training/PreventionYESYES
Transparency/MonitoringYESYES
Legal RemediesYESYES

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

What are the District of Columbia laws that cover bullying?

For More Information

Visit the “Know Your Policy”  Site exit disclaimer portal through the DC Office of Human Rights.

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 April 28, 2015