Rhode Island Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

What term is used in the Rhode Island anti-bullying laws?

Bullying and cyberbullying.

Do these laws cover cyberbullying?

Yes.

What groups are listed under Rhode Island state law?

The following groups are listed under Rhode Island anti-bullying laws:

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

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Is there a state model policy I can use to create anti-bullying policies at my school or district?

The Rhode Island state model policy Site exit disclaimer is available on the Rhode Island Department of Education website Site exit disclaimer

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

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

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

What are the Rhode Island state laws that cover bullying?

For More Information

Visit the Rhode Island Department of Education’s “Bullying and School ViolenceSite 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