Bullying Laws in Rhode Island

Key Points in the Anti Bullying Laws in Rhode Island:

  • Model Policy includes:
    • Descriptions of and statements prohibiting bullying, cyber-bullying and retaliation of school
    • Requirements and procedures for students, staff, parents, guardians and others to report bullying or retaliation
    • Reporting Procedure
    • Provision that reports of bullying or retaliation may be made anonymously; provided, however, that no disciplinary action shall be taken against a student solely on the basis of an anonymous report
    • Procedures for promptly responding to and investigating reports of bullying or retaliation
    • Disciplinary actions including:
      • Parental engagement strategy
      • punishments for violations of the bullying policy shall be determined by the school’s appropriate authority
    • Procedures for restoring a sense of safety for a victim and assessing that victim’s needs for protection
    • Strategies for protecting from bullying or retaliation a person who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying or witnesses or has reliable information about an act of bullying
    • Process for prompt parent notification
    • Provision that a student who knowingly makes a false accusation of bullying or retaliation shall be subject to disciplinary action
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    • Implementation and oversight of bullying policy
    • The policy should be posted on the home page of the school district’s website and distributed annually to parents and guardians of students
    • Immunity
    • Students shall be prohibited from accessing social networking sites at school, except for educational or instructional purposes and with the prior approval from school administration
  • The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education contains the model policy for anti-bullying.
  • Additional information about anti-bullying can be accessed through the same official website of the state’s Department of Education. It is entitled, “A Guide to Preventing Bullying, Teen Dating Violence, and Sexual Violence in Rhode Island Schools.”

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