Bullying Laws in New York

Key Points in the Bullying Laws in New York

Definition of Harassment

  • creation of a hostile environment by conduct or by verbal threats
  • intimidation or abuse that  has  or  would have  the  effect  of  unreasonably and substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or mental, emotional  or  physical  well-being
  • conduct,   verbal   threats, intimidation  or  abuse  that  reasonably  causes or would reasonably be expected to cause a student to fear for his or her physical safety due to
    • race
    • color
    • weight
    • national  origin
    • ethnic   group
    • religion
    • religious   practice
    • disability
    • sexual orientation
    • gender or sex

Bullying Laws in New YorkSchool safety plans

  • policies and procedures for responding to implied or direct threats of  violence  by  students,  teachers, other school personnel as well as visitors to the school
  • policies and procedures for  responding  to  acts  of  violence  by students,  teachers,  other  school personnel as well as visitors to the school, including consideration of zero-tolerance  policies  for  school violence
  • appropriate prevention and intervention strategies
  • policies and procedures for contacting appropriate law enforcement officials in the event of a violent incident

Legislative intent


Policies and guidelines

  • to create a school environment that is free from discrimination or harassment
  • to discourage the development of discrimination or harassment and that are designed
  • to raise the awareness  and  sensitivity  of  school  employees  to potential discrimination or harassment
  • to  enable  employees  to prevent and respond to discrimination or harassment

Responsibilities of commissioner


Process for reporting bullying incidents


Protection and Immunity


Scope of the policy


Courses of study in internet safety

  • Technical assistance
  • Age-appropriate courses of study to provide awareness, skills, information, and support for internet safe usage.
  • Aggravated harassment in the second degree

Healthy Workplace Bill in New York

In 2011, New York was the 9th state to introduce the Healthy Workplace Bill, more popularly known as AB 4258 along with its companion bill, S 4289. Its prime sponsor is Assemblyman Steve Englebright. The bill has been given priority to reach the Governor’s desk.

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