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 Rhode Island law prohibits bullying that includes, but is not limited to, incidents that are perceived to be motivated the following characteristics:

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

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 Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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

Key ComponentsPresent in Rhode Island State LawsPresent in Rhode Island 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

NO

N/A

Reporting

YES

YES

Investigations

YES

YES

Written Records

NO

YES

Consequences

YES

YES

Mental Health

YES

YES

ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS

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 Elementary and Secondary Education website.

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