New Mexico - Bullying Policy Consequences: Policy or Plan Requirements

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

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

New Mexico Administrative Code 6.12.7.8 Requirements

(C) The anti-bullying policy shall at least include, but shall not be limited to:

  • (5) consequences for bullying and cyberbullying which include consideration of compliance with state and federal IDEA requirements;
  • (6) consequences for knowingly making false reports pursuant to the anti-bullying policy;

New Mexico Statutes 22-2-21. Bullying and cyberbullying prevention programs.

B. Every local school board and governing body of a charter school shall promulgate a specific cyberbullying prevention policy by August 2013. Cyberbullying prevention policies shall require that:

  • (1) all licensed school employees complete training on how to recognize signs that a person is being cyberbullied;
  • (2) any licensed school employee who has information about or a reasonable suspicion that a person is being cyberbullied report the matter immediately to the school principal or the local superintendent or both;
  • (3) any school administrator or local superintendent who receives a report of cyberbullying take immediate steps to ensure prompt investigation of the report; and
  • (4) school administrators take prompt disciplinary action in response to cyberbullying confirmed through investigation. Disciplinary action taken pursuant to this subsection must be by the least restrictive means necessary to address a hostile environment on the school campus resulting from the confirmed cyberbullying and may include counseling, mediation and appropriate disciplinary action that is consistent with the legal rights of the involved students.

C. Each local school board and governing body of a charter school shall make any necessary revisions to its disciplinary policies to ensure compliance with the provisions of this section.

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