New York Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

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

Harassment, bullying, and discrimination

Do these laws cover cyberbullying?

Yes.  

What groups are listed under New York state law?

The following groups are listed under New York law, although not limited to behavior based on characteristics (actual or perceived):

  • Race
  • Color
  • Weight
  • National origin
  • Ethnic group
  • Religion or religious practice
  • Disability
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender or sex

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 New York Education Department.

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

Key Components

Present in New York State Laws

Present in New York Model Policy

DEFINITIONS

Purpose

YES

NO

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

NO

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

What are the New York state laws that cover bullying?

  • The New York anti-bullying law was amended in 2012 with an effective date of July 1, 2013. New York Education Law does not currently reflect the amended provisions.

For More Information

See the “Dignity for all Students Act” by the New York Department of Education.
Information for this page was developed from “Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies – December 2011” (U.S. Department of Education).