Maine Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

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

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 Site exit disclaimer is available on the Maine Department of Education website Site exit disclaimer.

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

DEFINITIONS
Key Components Present in Maine State Laws Present in Maine Model Policy
Purpose YES YES
Scope YES YES
Prohibited Behavior YES YES
Enumerated Groups YES YES
DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT
Key Components Present in Maine State Laws Present in Maine Model Policy
District Policy YES N/A
District Policy Review YES N/A
DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS
Key Components Present in Maine State Laws Present in Maine 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 Maine State Laws Present in Maine Model Policy
Communications YES YES
Training/Prevention YES YES
Transparency/Monitoring YES YES
Legal Remedies NO NO

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 the Maine Department of Education’s “Bullying PreventionSite exit disclaimer webpage.

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