New Mexico - Bullying Policy Definitions: 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 6.12.7.7 Definitions

A. "Bullying" means any repeated and pervasive written, verbal or electronic expression, physical act or gesture, or a pattern thereof, that is intended to cause distress upon one or more students in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a designated bus stop, or at school activities or sanctioned events. Bullying includes, but is not limited to, hazing, harassment, intimidation or menacing acts of a student which may, but need not be based on the student's race, color, sex, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation.

B. "Cyberbullying" means electronic communication that:

  • (1) targets a specific student;
  • (2) is published with the intention that the communication be seen by or disclosed to the targeted student;
  • (3) is in fact seen by or disclosed to the targeted student; and
  • (4) creates or is certain to create a hostile environment on the school campus that is so severe or pervasive as to substantially interfere with the targeted student's educational benefits, opportunities or performance.

C. "Department" means the public education department.

D. "Harassment" means knowingly pursuing a pattern of conduct that is intended to annoy, alarm or terrorize another person.

E. "IDEA" means the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 USC Secs. 1401 and following, including future amendments.

F. "Local school board" means the governing body of a school district.

G. "Public school" means a school as defined by Section 22-1-2 NMSA 1978, including charter schools.


New Mexico Administrative Code 6.12.7.8 Requirements

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

  • (1) definitions;

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

(D) As used in this section, “cyberbullying” means electronic communication that:

  • (1) targets a specific student;
  • (2) is published with the intention that the communication be seen by or disclosed to the targeted student;
  • (3) is in fact seen by or disclosed to the targeted student; and
  • (4) creates or is certain to create a hostile environment on the school campus that is so severe or pervasive as to substantially interfere with the targeted student’s educational benefits, opportunities or performance.
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