Minnesota Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

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

Bullying.

Do these laws cover cyberbullying?

Yes.

What groups are listed under Minnesota state law?

The following groups are listed under Minnesota anti-bullying laws, although prohibited conduct need not be based on any particular characteristic:

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Color
  • Creed
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Immigration status
  • Sex
  • Marital status
  • Familial status
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Physical appearance
  • Sexual orientation, including gender identity and expression
  • Academic status related to student performance
  • Disability, or status with regard to public assistance
  • Age

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 Minnesota state model policy Site exit disclaimer is available on the Minnesota State Department of Education website.Site exit disclaimer

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

DEFINITIONS
Key Components Present in Minnesota State Laws Present in Minnesota Model Policy
Purpose YES YES
Scope YES YES
Prohibited Behavior YES YES
Enumerated Groups YES YES
DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT
Key Components Present in Minnesota State Laws Present in Minnesota Model Policy
District Policy YES N/A
District Policy Review YES N/A
DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS
Key Components Present in Minnesota State Laws Present in Minnesota Model Policy
Definitions YES YES
Reporting YES YES
Investigations YES YES
Written Records YES YES
Consequences YES NO
Mental Health YES YES
ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS
Key Components Present in Minnesota State Laws Present in Minnesota Model Policy
Communications YES YES
Training/Prevention YES YES
Transparency/Monitoring YES NO
Legal Remedies YES NO

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

What are the Minnesota state laws that cover bullying?

For More Information

Visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s “Bullying and Safe SchoolsSite exit disclaimer and “Bullying and Cyber-Bullying Prevention and Intervention” Site exit disclaimer webpages.

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