Utah - Bullying Harassment and Intimidation Policy: Policy or Plan Requirements

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law requires districts to adopt anti-bullying policies addressing some U.S. Department of Education-recommended policy requirements.

Utah Code 53G-9-605. Bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, abusive conduct, and retaliation policy.

(1) On or before September 1, 2018, a school board shall update the school board's bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, and retaliation policy to include abusive conduct.

(2) A policy shall:

  • (a) be developed only with input from:
    • (i) students;
    • (ii) parents;
    • (iii) teachers;
    • (iv) school administrators;
    • (v) school staff; or
    • (vi) local law enforcement agencies; and
  • (b) provide protection to a student, regardless of the student's legal status.

Utah Administrative Code R277-613-4. LEA Responsibility to Create Bullying Policies. [Repealed and revised as of 10/1/2018]

A. Each LEA shall implement an updated policy prohibiting bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, harassment and retaliation, and making a false report, consistent with Section 53A-11a-301.

B. Each LEA shall:

  • (1) post a copy of its policy on the LEA website; and
  • (2) provide a copy of the LEA policy or uniform resource locator (URL) to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Utah State Office of Education.

C. The policy shall include parental notification of:

  • (1) a parent's student's threat to commit suicide; and
  • (2) an incident of bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, harassment or retaliation involving the parent's student.
  • (3) This part of the policy shall also include:
    • (a) timely parent notification;
    • (b) designation of the appropriate school employee(s) to provide parent notification;
    • (c) designation of the format in which notification shall be provided to parents and maintained by the LEA;
    • (d) directives for secure maintenance of the notification record as required under Section 53A-11a-203(1);
    • (e) a retention period and destruction process for the notification; and
    • (f) an LEA definition of parent(s) consistent with Section 53A-11-203 and this rule.

D. The policy shall provide for student assessment of the prevalence of bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing and harassment in LEAs and schools, specifically locations where students are unsafe and additional adult supervision may be required, such as playgrounds, hallways, and lunch areas.

E. The policy shall include required strong responsive action against retaliation, including assistance to harassed students and their parents in reporting subsequent problems and new incidents.

F. The policy shall provide that students, staff, and volunteers receive training on bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing and harassment from individuals qualified to provide such training. The LEA shall determine how often training shall be provided.

  • (1) The training should be specific to:
    • (a) overt aggression that may include physical fighting such as punching, shoving, kicking, and verbal threatening behavior, such as name calling, or both physical and verbal aggression or threatening behavior;
    • (b) relational aggression or indirect, covert, or social aggression, including rumor spreading, intimidation, enlisting a friend to assault a child, and social isolation;
    • (c) sexual aggression or acts of a sexual nature or with sexual overtones;
    • (d) cyber-bullying, including use of email, web pages, text messaging, instant messaging, three-way calling or messaging or any other electronic means for aggression inside or outside of school; and
    • (e) civil rights violations, appropriate reporting and investigative procedures. This includes bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing and harassment based upon the students' actual or perceived identities and conformance or failure to conform with stereotypes.
  • (2) Training should also include awareness and intervention skills such as social skills training for students and staff, including aides, custodians, kitchen and lunchroom workers, secretaries, paraprofessionals, and coaches.
  • (3) Training on bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing and harassment required of LEA policies under the rule should complement the suicide prevention program required for students under R277-620 and the suicide prevention training required for licensed educators consistent with Section 53A-1-603(9).

G. Policies shall also complement existing safe and drug free school policies and school discipline plans. Consistent with R277-609, the discipline plan shall provide direction for dealing with bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, harassment and disruptive students. This part of the plan shall:

  • (1) direct schools to determine the range of behaviors and establish the continuum of administrative procedures that may be used by school personnel to address the behavior of habitually disruptive students;
  • (2) provide for the identification, by position(s), of individual(s) designated to issue notices of disruptive student and bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing and harassment behavior;
  • (3) designate to whom notices shall be provided;
  • (4) provide for documentation of disruptive student behavior prior to referral of disruptive students to juvenile court;
  • (5) include strategies to provide for necessary adult supervision;
  • (6) be clearly written and consistently enforced;
  • (7) include administration, instruction and support staff, students, parents, community council and other community members in policy development, training and prevention implementation so as to create a community sense of participation, ownership, support and responsibility; and
  • (8) provide notice to employees that violation(s) of this rule may result in employment discipline or action.
    Utah Office of Administrative Rules

Utah Administrative Code R277-613-2. Authority and Purpose. [Repealed and revised as of 10/1/2018]

A. This rule is authorized by Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3 which vests general control and supervision of public education in the Board, Section 53A-1-401(3) which allows the Board to adopt rules in accordance with its responsibilities, and the responsibility of the Board to provide assistance with and ensure LEA compliance with Section 53A-11a-301.
B. The purpose of the rule is to require LEAs to implement bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing and harassment policies district and school wide; to provide for regular and meaningful training of school employees and students; to provide for enforcement of the policies in schools, at the state level and in public school athletic programs; to require LEAs to notify parents of specific bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, harassment and suicide threat incidents; and to require LEAs to maintain documentation as required by law.
Utah Office of Administrative Rules


Utah Code 53G-9-605. Bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, abusive conduct, and retaliation policy.

(1) On or before September 1, 2018, a school board shall update the school board's bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, and retaliation policy to include abusive conduct.

(2) A policy shall:

  • (a) be developed only with input from:
    • (i) students;
    • (ii) parents;
    • (iii) teachers;
    • (iv) school administrators;
    • (v) school staff; or
    • (vi) local law enforcement agencies; and
  • (b) provide protection to a student, regardless of the student's legal status.

Utah Administrative Code R277-613-4. LEA Responsibility to Create Bullying Policies. [Repealed and revised as of 10/1/2018]

A. Each LEA shall implement an updated policy prohibiting bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, harassment and retaliation, and making a false report, consistent with Section 53A-11a-301.

B. Each LEA shall:

  • (1) post a copy of its policy on the LEA website; and
  • (2) provide a copy of the LEA policy or uniform resource locator (URL) to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Utah State Office of Education.

C. The policy shall include parental notification of:

  • (1) a parent's student's threat to commit suicide; and
  • (2) an incident of bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, harassment or retaliation involving the parent's student.
  • (3) This part of the policy shall also include:
    • (a) timely parent notification;
    • (b) designation of the appropriate school employee(s) to provide parent notification;
    • (c) designation of the format in which notification shall be provided to parents and maintained by the LEA;
    • (d) directives for secure maintenance of the notification record as required under Section 53A-11a-203(1);
    • (e) a retention period and destruction process for the notification; and
    • (f) an LEA definition of parent(s) consistent with Section 53A-11-203 and this rule.

D. The policy shall provide for student assessment of the prevalence of bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing and harassment in LEAs and schools, specifically locations where students are unsafe and additional adult supervision may be required, such as playgrounds, hallways, and lunch areas.

E. The policy shall include required strong responsive action against retaliation, including assistance to harassed students and their parents in reporting subsequent problems and new incidents.

F. The policy shall provide that students, staff, and volunteers receive training on bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing and harassment from individuals qualified to provide such training. The LEA shall determine how often training shall be provided.

  • (1) The training should be specific to:
    • (a) overt aggression that may include physical fighting such as punching, shoving, kicking, and verbal threatening behavior, such as name calling, or both physical and verbal aggression or threatening behavior;
    • (b) relational aggression or indirect, covert, or social aggression, including rumor spreading, intimidation, enlisting a friend to assault a child, and social isolation;
    • (c) sexual aggression or acts of a sexual nature or with sexual overtones;
    • (d) cyber-bullying, including use of email, web pages, text messaging, instant messaging, three-way calling or messaging or any other electronic means for aggression inside or outside of school; and
    • (e) civil rights violations, appropriate reporting and investigative procedures. This includes bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing and harassment based upon the students' actual or perceived identities and conformance or failure to conform with stereotypes.
  • (2) Training should also include awareness and intervention skills such as social skills training for students and staff, including aides, custodians, kitchen and lunchroom workers, secretaries, paraprofessionals, and coaches.
  • (3) Training on bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing and harassment required of LEA policies under the rule should complement the suicide prevention program required for students under R277-620 and the suicide prevention training required for licensed educators consistent with Section 53A-1-603(9).

G. Policies shall also complement existing safe and drug free school policies and school discipline plans. Consistent with R277-609, the discipline plan shall provide direction for dealing with bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, harassment and disruptive students. This part of the plan shall:

  • (1) direct schools to determine the range of behaviors and establish the continuum of administrative procedures that may be used by school personnel to address the behavior of habitually disruptive students;
  • (2) provide for the identification, by position(s), of individual(s) designated to issue notices of disruptive student and bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing and harassment behavior;
  • (3) designate to whom notices shall be provided;
  • (4) provide for documentation of disruptive student behavior prior to referral of disruptive students to juvenile court;
  • (5) include strategies to provide for necessary adult supervision;
  • (6) be clearly written and consistently enforced;
  • (7) include administration, instruction and support staff, students, parents, community council and other community members in policy development, training and prevention implementation so as to create a community sense of participation, ownership, support and responsibility; and
  • (8) provide notice to employees that violation(s) of this rule may result in employment discipline or action.
    Utah Office of Administrative Rules

Utah Administrative Code R277-613-2. Authority and Purpose. [Repealed and revised as of 10/1/2018]

A. This rule is authorized by Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3 which vests general control and supervision of public education in the Board, Section 53A-1-401(3) which allows the Board to adopt rules in accordance with its responsibilities, and the responsibility of the Board to provide assistance with and ensure LEA compliance with Section 53A-11a-301.
B. The purpose of the rule is to require LEAs to implement bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing and harassment policies district and school wide; to provide for regular and meaningful training of school employees and students; to provide for enforcement of the policies in schools, at the state level and in public school athletic programs; to require LEAs to notify parents of specific bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, harassment and suicide threat incidents; and to require LEAs to maintain documentation as required by law.
Utah Office of Administrative Rules

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