Bullying Laws in Ohio

Key Points in the Bullying Laws in Ohio:

Definition of “harassment, intimidation, or bullying”

  • Any intentional written, verbal, or physical act that a student has exhibited toward another particular student more than once and the behavior both
    • Causes mental or physical harm to the other student
    • Sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student
  • Violence within a dating relationship

“Electronic act” – act committed through the use of a cellular telephone, computer, pager, personal communication device, or other electronic communication device

Bullying Laws in OhioBullying Laws in Ohio – Model Policy

Model Policy

  • statement prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying of any student on school property or at school-sponsored events
  • procedure for reporting prohibited incidents
  • requirement that school personnel report prohibited incidents of which they are aware to the school principal or other administrator designated by the principal
  • requirement that parents or guardians of any student involved in a prohibited incident be notified
  • procedure for documenting any prohibited incident that is reported
  • procedure for responding to and investigating any reported incident
  • strategy for protecting a victim from additional harassment, intimidation, or bullying, and from retaliation following a report
  • disciplinary procedure for any student guilty of harassment, intimidation, or bullying
  • requirement that the district administration semiannually provide the president of the district board a written summary of all reported incidents and post the summary on its web site
  • board’s policy shall appear in any student handbooks, and in any of the publications that set forth the comprehensive rules, procedures, and standards of conduct for schools and students in the district
  • Granting immunity

District Bullying Prevention Initiatives – Any school district may form bullying prevention task forces, programs, and other initiatives involving volunteers, parents, law enforcement, and community members

Healthy Workplace Bill in Ohio

The Buckeye State was able to get 29 signed petitions to get the Healthy Workplace Bill passed to the Ohio State Legislature. 71 more signatures are needed for the bill to be passed.

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