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Kansas Bullying Laws

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Bullying/Harassment
KSA Supp 72-8256 (2008) defines bullying and requires each board of education of each school district to adopt and implement a plan to eliminate bullying.  Districts are required to have a written policy prohibiting bullying on school property or at school sponsored events.  The policy must include the following:  (1) A statement prohibiting bullying on school property or at school events, (2) A definition of bullying not less than that outlined in KSA Supp 72-8256 (2008), (3) Procedures for reporting bullying incidents, (4) A requirement for school personnel to report bullying incidents, (5) A requirement of notification to parents or guardians of students involved in an incident, (6) Procedures for documentation of reported incidents and responding to and investigating reported incidents, (7) A strategy for protecting victims from additional bullying and/or retaliation, (8) Disciplinary procedures for any student guilty of bullying, and (9) A requirement for confidentiality for any reported act of bullying.

KSA Supp 72-8256 (2008) defines cyberbullying and requires cyberbullying to be addressed in district policies related to bullying. It requires that district policies must prohibit bullying while using school property (even if a student is off school grounds).

KSA Supp 72-8256 (2008) requires local boards of education to annually survey students regarding acts of bullying in the school environment.  The information collected must be reported to the state department of education.

Cyber Bullying
KSA Supp 72-8256 (2008) defines cyberbullying and requires cyberbullying to be addressed in district policies related to bullying. It requires that district policies must prohibit bullying while using school property (even if a student is off school grounds).

Hazing
Although there is not state policy addressing hazing in schools, Statute 21-3434 (1993) classifies the promoting or permitting of hazing as a Class B non-person misdemeanor.

Source: National Association of State Boards of Education
Last Updated: 9/14/2010

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