Washington D.C. Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

What term is used in the Washington D.C. anti-bullying laws?

Bullying

Do these laws cover cyberbullying?

Yes.

What groups are listed under Washington D.C. state law?

The following groups are listed under Washington D.C. 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 intrafamily offense
  • Place of residence or business
  • Any other distinguishing characteristic

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 new model policy is currently in development by the D.C. Anti-Bullying Task Force.

Which of the key components can be found in Washington D.C. anti-bullying laws and policies?

Key ComponentsPresent in Washington D.C. Laws
DEFINITIONS
Purpose

YES

Scope

YES

Prohibited Behavior

YES

Enumerated Groups

YES

DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT
District Policy

YES

District Policy Review

YES

DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS
Definitions

YES

Reporting

YES

Investigations

YES

Written Records

YES

Consequences

YES

Mental Health

NO

ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS
Communications

YES

Training/Prevention

YES

Transparency/Monitoring

NO

Legal Remedies

YES

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

What are the District of Columbia state laws that cover bullying?

 District of Columbia Code § 2-1535.01. Definitions
 District of Columbia Code § 2-1535.02. Bullying prevention task force
 District of Columbia Code § 2-1535.03. Bullying prevention policy
 District of Columbia Code § 2-1535.04. Secondary investigation appeal
 District of Columbia Code § 2-1535.05. Retaliation
 District of Columbia Code § 2-1535.06. Bullying prevention programs
 District of Columbia Code § 2-1535.07. Reporting requirement
 District of Columbia Code § 2-1535.08. Availability of other remedies
 District of Columbia Code § 2-1535.09. Rules

For More Information

Visit the District of Columbia Public Schools website.
Information for this page was developed from “Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies – December 2011” (U.S. Department of Education)