Bullying Laws in South Dakota

Key Points in the Bullying Laws in South Dakota:

  • The Anti-Bullying law (Senate Bill No.130) of South Dakota has just been signed into law only last March 19, 2012.
  • Senate Bill No. 130 currently does not appear in the South Dakota Codified Laws
  • Bullying– repeated conduct that causes
    • physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students
    • threats
    • intimidation
    • stalking
    • physical violence
    • theft
    • destruction of property
    • any threatening use of data or computer software, written or verbal communication, or conduct directed against a student that:
      • Places a student in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property
      • Substantially interferes with a student’s educational performance
      • Substantially disrupts the orderly operation of a school
  • Bullying Laws in South DakotaType of behavior that are prohibited
  • Consequences for a student who commits an act of bullying
  • Reporting process
  • Scope:
    • on property within the jurisdiction of the School Board
    • while in school-owned or school-operated vehicles
    • while attending or engaged in school-sponsored activities
  • Investigating process
  • Statement how the policy for anti-bullying will be publicized including posting to the school board’s official website.

Bullying Laws in South Dakota – Model Policy

Definition of Bullying– repeated physical, verbal, non-verbal, written, electronic, or any conduct directed toward a student that is so pervasive, severe, and objectively offensive that it:
  • Has the purpose of creating or resulting in an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic environment;
  • Has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with a student’s academic performance which deprives the student access to educational opportunities

Healthy Workplace Bill in South Dakota

The Mount Rushmore State currently has 4 signatories for the Healthy Workplace Bill. The bill needs at least 100 signed petitions for the bill to be passed to the South Dakota State Legislators. That, and the entire state will eventually be from abusive working environment.

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