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 Components Present in Massachusetts State Laws Present in Massachusetts Model Policy
Purpose YES YES
Scope YES YES
Prohibited Behavior YES YES
Enumerated Groups YES YES
DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT
Key Components Present in Massachusetts State Laws Present in Massachusetts Model Policy
District Policy YES N/A
District Policy Review YES N/A
DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS
Key Components Present in Massachusetts State Laws Present in Massachusetts Model Policy
Definitions YES N/A
Reporting YES YES
Investigations YES YES
Written Records YES YES
Consequences YES YES
Mental Health YES YES
ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS
Key Components Present in Massachusetts State Laws Present in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts state laws that cover bullying?

For More Information

Visit the Massachusetts Department of Education’s “Bullying Prevention and Intervention ResourcesSite 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