Bullying Laws in Utah

Key Points in the Anti Bullying Laws in Utah:

Definition of Terms:

  • Bullying”– intentionally or knowingly committing an act that:
    • endangers the physical health or safety of a school employee or student involves any brutality of a physical nature such as:
      • whipping
      • beating
      • branding
      • calisthenics
      • bruising
      • electric shocking
      • placing of a harmful substance on the body
      • exposure to the elements
    • Bullying Laws in Utahinvolves consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance
    •  involves other physical activity that endangers the physical health and safety of a school employee or student
    •  involves physically obstructing a school employee’s or student’s freedom to move
    • done for the purpose of placing a school employee or student in fear of:
    1. physical harm to the school employee or student
    2. harm to property of the school employee or student
  • “Cyber-bullying”– using electronic devices with the intent or knowledge, or with reckless disregard, that the text, video, or image will hurt, embarrass, or threaten an individual, regardless of whether the individual directed, consented to, or acquiesced in the conduct, or voluntarily accessed the electronic communication. Such devices refer to:
    • Internet
    • cell phone
    • another device to send or post text, video, or an image
  •  “Harassment” – repeatedly communicating to another individual, in an objectively demeaning or disparaging manner, statements that contribute to a hostile learning or work environment for the individual.

Bullying Laws in Utah – Local School District and Charter School Responsibilities:

  • post a copy of its policy on the school district/charter school website
  • provide for training to students, staff, and volunteers

Healthy Workplace Bill in Utah

The Beehive State was the 14th state to introduce the Healthy Workplace Bill. The House Bill 196, also known as the Substitute Bill 196, was introduced by Rep. Stephen Sandstorm on Feb. 3, 2012. It is believed to be the Abusive Workplace Policies Act that addresses bullying happening in various workplaces all over the state. In this way, both employers and employees are equally benefitted.

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