Massachusetts Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

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

Bullying.

Do these laws cover cyberbullying?

Yes.

What groups are listed under Massachusetts state law?

The following groups are listed under Massachusetts anti-bullying:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Ancestry
  • National origin
  • Sex
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Homelessness
  • Academic status
  • Gender identity or expression
  • Physical appearance
  • Pregnant or parenting status
  • Sexual orientation

· Mental, physical, developmental or sensory disability

· Association with a person who has or is perceived to have one or more of these 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 Massachusetts state model bullying prevention and intervention plan Site exit disclaimer is available on the Massachusetts Department of Education website Site exit disclaimer.

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

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

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

What are the Massachusetts state laws that cover bullying?

For More Information

Visit “Bullying Prevention and Intervention ResourcesSite exit disclaimer from the Massachusetts 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 April 30, 2015