Michigan - Bullying Policy Definitions: Policy or Plan Requirements

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

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

Michigan Compiled Laws 380.1310b Policy prohibiting bullying; adoption and implementation; public hearing; submission of policy to department; contents of policy; annual report of incidents of bullying; form and procedure; school employee, school volunteer, pupil, or parent or guardian reporting act of bullying to school official; modified policy; definitions; section to be known as "Matt Epling Safe School Law."

(10)(b) “Bullying” means any written, verbal, or physical act, or any electronic communication, including, but not limited to, cyberbullying, that is intended or that a reasonable person would know is likely to harm 1 or more pupils either directly or indirectly by doing any of the following:

  • (i) Substantially interfering with educational opportunities, benefits, or programs of 1 or more pupils.

  • (ii) Adversely affecting the ability of a pupil to participate in or benefit from the school district’s or public school’s educational programs or activities by placing the pupil in reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing substantial emotional distress.

  • (iii) Having an actual and substantial detrimental effect on a pupil’s physical or mental health.

  • (iv) Causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school.

(c) “Cyberbullying” means any electronic communication that is intended or that a reasonable person would know is likely to harm 1 or more pupils either directly or indirectly by doing any of the following:

  • (i) Substantially interfering with educational opportunities, benefits, or programs of 1 or more pupils.

  • (ii) Adversely affecting the ability of a pupil to participate in or benefit from the school district’s or public school’s educational programs or activities by placing the pupil in reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing substantial emotional distress.

  • (iii) Having an actual and substantial detrimental effect on a pupil’s physical or mental health.

  • (iv) Causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school.

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