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 (PDF - 168 KB) is available on the Rhode Island Department of Education website.

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

DEFINITIONS
Key ComponentsPresent in Rhode Island State LawsPresent in Rhode Island Model Policy
PurposeYESYES
ScopeYESYES
Prohibited BehaviorYESYES
Enumerated GroupsYESYES
DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT
Key ComponentsPresent in Rhode Island State LawsPresent in Rhode Island Model Policy
District PolicyYESYES
District Policy ReviewYESN/A
DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS
Key ComponentsPresent in Rhode Island State LawsPresent in Rhode Island Model Policy
DefinitionsNOYES
ReportingYESYES
InvestigationsYESYES
Written RecordsNOYES
ConsequencesYESYES
Mental HealthYESYES
ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS
Key ComponentsPresent in Rhode Island State LawsPresent in Rhode Island Model Policy
CommunicationsYESYES
Training/PreventionNOYES
Transparency/MonitoringNOYES
Legal RemediesYESYES

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 “Bullying and School Violence” by the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Information for this page was developed from “Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies – December 2011” (U.S. Department of Education) (PDF - 4.6 MB).


Content last updated on March 31, 2014