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 state 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.

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

DEFINITIONS
Key Components Present in District of Columbia Laws Present in District of Columbia Model Policy
Purpose YES YES
Scope YES YES
Prohibited Behavior YES YES
Enumerated Groups YES YES
DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT
Key Components Present in District of Columbia Laws Present in District of Columbia Model Policy
District Policy YES N/A
District Policy Review YES N/A
DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS
Key Components Present in District of Columbia Laws Present in District of Columbia Model Policy
Definitions YES YES
Reporting YES YES
Investigations YES YES
Written Records YES YES
Consequences YES YES
Mental Health YES YES
ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS
Key Components Present in District of Columbia Laws Present in District of Columbia Model Policy
Communications YES YES
Training/Prevention YES YES
Transparency/Monitoring YES YES
Legal Remedies YES YES

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

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