Maine Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

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

Harassment, intimidation and bullying.

Do these laws cover cyberbullying?

Yes.

What groups are listed under Maine state law?

The following groups are listed under Maine anti-bullying laws:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Ancestry or ethnicity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Age
  • Physical, mental, emotional or learning disability
  • Gender
  • Gender identity and expression
  • Physical appearance
  • Weight
  • Family status
  • Other distinguishing personal characteristics
  • Association with another person identified with such 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 Maine state model policy is available on the Maine Department of Education website.

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

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

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

What are the Maine state laws that cover bullying?

For More Information

Visit “Bullying Prevention” by the Maine 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