Key Points in the Anti Bullying Laws in Oregon:
1. Cyber-bullying – use of any electronic communication device to harass, intimidate or bully
2. Harassment, intimidation and bullying – any act that
- Substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities or performance
- Takes place on or immediately:
i. adjacent to school grounds
ii. at any school-sponsored activity
iii. on school-provided transportation
iv. at any official school bus stop
- Has the effect of:
i. Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property
ii. Knowingly placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property
iii. Creating a hostile educational environment, including interfering with the psychological well-being of a student
3. Protected class
- Sexual orientation
- National origin
- Marital status
- Familial status
- Source of income or disability
Bullying Laws in Oregon – Model Policy
- Statement prohibiting harassment, intimidation or bullying and prohibiting cyber-bullying.
- Description of the type of behavior expected from each student.
- Statement of the consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person who commits an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying or an act of cyber-bullying.
- Reporting procedure
- Procedure for prompt investigation.
- Review Process
- Responding Process
- Statement of the consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person found to have committed an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying or an act of cyber-bullying.
- Statement prohibiting reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying or an act of cyber-bullying and stating the consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person who engages in such reprisal or retaliation.
- Statement of how the policy is to be publicized within the district.
Healthy Workplace Bill in Oregon
The Beaver State was the 5th state to introduce the Healthy Workplace Bill. The campaign to fight against bullying in the workplace has long been a fervent desire of Oregon. Versions of Healthy Workplace Bills were introduced as early as 2005. Last Oct. 16-22, Oregon celebrated the Freedom from Workplace Bullies. The week-long celebration includes a 2-day workshop in Portland.