Bullying Laws in Maryland

The policies and anti bullying laws in Maryland cover cyber-bullying. They predominantly use the terms “bullying” but also uses other terms such as “harassment” and “intimidation.”

Groups listed in the state’s law and policy:

  • Ancestry
  • Familial status
  • Gender identity
  • Marital Status
  • National Origin
  • Physical Attribute
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Socio-economic status
  • Physical or mental ability or disability

Bullying Laws in MarylandKey Points of the Anti Bullying Laws in Maryland:

Definition of bullying – behaviors identified below that causes:

  • Hostile educational environment
  • Substantially interfering with the student’s educational benefits, opportunities, performance, et al.
  • threatening or seriously intimidating
  • Substantially disrupts the orderliness in the school premises
  • intentional conduct including verbal, physical or written conduct
  • intentional electronic communication

Definition of electronic mail – transmission of information or communication to other person identified by a unique address using:

  • Computer
  • Other electronic means

Misuse of electronic mail – person may not use electronic mail with the intention to harass other person by sending lewd and lascivious materials

School safety – all public school students in the state of Maryland have the right to have educational environments that are:

  • Safe
  • Appropriate for academic achievement
  • Free from any form of harassment

Bullying Laws in Maryland – Contents of Model Policy

  • Statement prohibiting bullying, harassment and intimidation in schools
  • Statement prohibiting reprisal or retaliation against the person who reports the incident
  • Definition of bullying, harassment and intimidation
  • Standard consequences and remedial actions for persons who commit bullying, harassment and intimidation
  • Standard consequences and remedial actions for persons who have found to have made false accusations
  • Procedures for reporting
  • Procedures  for investigation
  • Support services information
  • Information with the use of forms on bullying

Healthy Workplace Bill in Maryland

With SB 999 passed, Maryland became the 20th and the last so far of all the states to introduce the Healthy Workplace Bill. The said bill was different from the original HWB in that the supervisors are to be held liable if they are guilty of being abusive.

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