Pennsylvania Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

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

Bullying.

Do these laws cover cyberbullying?

Yes.  

What groups are listed under Pennsylvania state law?

There are no specific groups listed in Pennsylvania anti-bullying laws.

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 Pennsylvania School Boards Association Site exit disclaimer (PDF).

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

Key ComponentsPresent in Pennsylvania State LawsPresent in Pennsylvania Model Policy

DEFINITIONS

Purpose

NO

YES

Scope

YES

YES

Prohibited Behavior

YES

YES

Enumerated Groups

NO

NO

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

NO

YES

Written Records

NO

YES

Consequences

YES

YES

Mental Health

NO

NO

ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS

Communications

YES

YES

Training/Prevention

YES

YES

Transparency/Monitoring

NO

YES

Legal Remedies

NO

NO

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

What are the Pennsylvania state laws that cover bullying?

For More Information

See “Bullying, Hazing and Harassment ResourcesSite exit disclaimer by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Information for this page was developed from “Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies – December 2011” (U.S. Department of Education).