Bullying Laws in New Jersey

Groups listed under the law:

  • Ancestry
  • Color
  • Gender
  • Gender identity and expression
  • Mental, physical or sensory disability
  • National Origin
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Any other distinguishing character

Bullying Laws in New JerseyKey Points in the Anti Bullying Laws in New Jersey

Definition of terms:

“Harassment, intimidation or bullying” – any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents, that substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students and that:

  • a reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student or damaging the student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his person or damage to his property
  • has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students
  • creates a hostile educational environment for the student by interfering with a student’s education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student

Bullying Laws in New Jersey – Anti Bullying Policies

Adoption of policy

  • Statement prohibiting harassment, intimidation or bullying of a student
  • Description of the type of behavior expected from each student
  • Consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person who commits an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying
  • Procedure for reporting an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying, including a provision that permits a person to report an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying anonymously; however, this shall not be construed to permit formal disciplinary action solely on the basis of an anonymous report
  • Procedure for prompt investigation of reports of violations and complaints
  • Procedure for responding
  • Statement that prohibits reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying and the consequence and appropriate remedial action for a person who engages in reprisal or retaliation

Healthy Workplace Bill in New Jersey

On Jan. 10, 2012, New Jersey became the 10th state to introduce the Healthy Workplace Bill. Senator Greenstein introduced S 333 as “The Healthy Workplace Act” in the Senate Labor Committee.

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