Bullying Laws in Michigan

The bullying laws in Michigan show that there is will to fight the bullying in schools. However there are still efforts needed in order to have a better legal frame.

Key Points on the Anti Bullying Laws in Michigan:

  • Statement prohibiting bullying
  • Statement prohibiting retaliation or false accusation against a target of bullying, a witness, or another person with reliable information about an act of bullying.
  • Provision indicating that all students are protected under the policy and that bullying is equally prohibited without regard to its subject matter or motivating animus.
  • School responsibility
  • Statement to publicize the policy
  • Notification procedure to the parent or legal guardian of a victim of bullying and the parent or legal guardian of a perpetrator of the bullying.
  • Procedure for reporting an act of bullying.
  • Bullying Laws in MichiganProcedure for prompt investigation of a report of violation of the policy or a related complaint, identifying either the principal or the principal’s designee as the person responsible for the investigation.
  • Procedure for each public school to document any prohibited incident that is reported
  • Provisions to form bullying prevention task forces, programs, teen courts, and other initiatives involving school staff, pupils, school clubs or other student groups, administrators, volunteers, parents, law enforcement, community members, and other stakeholders.
  • Requirement for annual training for administrators, school employees, and volunteers who have significant contact with pupils on preventing, identifying, responding to, and reporting incidents of bullying.
  • Requirement for educational programs for pupils and parents on preventing, identifying, responding to, and reporting incidents of bullying and cyber-bullying.
  • Definition of terms including “Bullying” which means any written, verbal, or physical act, or any electronic communication, that is intended or that a reasonable person would know is likely to harm one or more students either directly or indirectly by doing any of the following:
    • Substantially interfering with educational opportunities, benefits, or programs of one or more students
    • Adversely affecting the ability of a pupil to participate in or benefit from the School Districts or public school’s educational programs or activities by placing the student on reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing substantial emotional distress.
    • Having an actual and substantial detrimental effect on a student’s physical or mental health.
    • Causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school.

Bullying Laws in Michigan – Model Policy

There is a model policy available at the Michigan Department of Education.

Healthy Workplace Bill in Michigan

There are 70 more signatures needed to pass the Healthy Workplace Bill. If you are interested for the enactment of this bill in Michigan, all it takes is for you to sign a petitioned letter.

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