New Jersey Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

What term is used in the New Jersey anti-bullying laws?

Harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

Do these laws cover cyberbullying?

Yes.  

What groups are listed under New Jersey state law?

The following groups – limited to behavior based on actual or perceived characteristics – are listed under New Jersey law:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Ancestry
  • National origin
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity and expression
  • Mental, physical, or sensory disability
  • Any 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?

The Model Policy and Guidance for Prohibiting Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying on School Property, at School Sponsored Functions, and On School Buses Site exit disclaimer is available from the New Jersey Department of Education.

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

Key Components

Present in New Jersey  State Laws

Present in New Jersey 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

YES

ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS

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 New Jersey state laws that cover bullying?

For More Information

See “Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying” by the New Jersey Department of Education.
Information for this page was developed from “Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies – December 2011” (U.S. Department of Education).