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?

Maine includes a provision that “an affected student is not required to possess a characteristic…that is the basis for the harassment, intimidation or bullying.”

  • Race
  • Skin Color
  • Religion
  • Ancestry
  • National Origin
  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Mental, Physical, or Sensory Handicap
  • 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 state model policy is available at the Maine Department of Education.

A law passed in May 2012 requires the commissioner of education to develop a new model policy by January, 2013. The below analysis is based on the model policy as of April, 2011.

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

Key Components

Present in Maine State Laws

Present in Maine Model Policy

DEFINITIONS

Purpose

YES

YES

Scope

YES

YES

Prohibited Behavior

YES

YES

Enumerated Groups

YES

YES

DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT

District Policy

YES

N/A

District Policy Review

YES

N/A

DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS

Definitions

YES

N/A

Reporting

YES

YES

Investigations

YES

YES

Written Records

YES

YES

Consequences

YES

YES

Mental Health

YES

NO

ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS

Communications

YES

YES

Training/Prevention

YES

YES

Transparency/Monitoring

YES

YES

Legal Remedies

YES

NO

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

What are the Maine state laws that cover bullying?

 

A new law was passed and signed into law in May, 2012 and does not currently appear in the Maine Revised Statute: An Act to Prohibit Bullying and Cyberbullying in Schools.

For More Information

See “Bullying Prevention” from 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).