Oklahoma - Bullying Policy Scope: 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.

Oklahoma Administrative Code 210:10-1-20. Implementation of policies prohibiting bullying

(b) Definitions. The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, shall have the following meaning:

  • (1) "Bullying" means any pattern of harassment, intimidation, threatening behavior, physical acts, verbal or electronic communication directed toward a student or group of students that:
    • (A) Results in or is reasonably perceived as being done with the intent to cause negative educational or physical results for the targeted individual or group; and
    • (B) Is communicated in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school's educational mission or the education of any student.
  • (2) "At school" means on school grounds, in school vehicles, at school-sponsored activities, or at school-sanctioned events.
  • (3) "Electronic Communication" means the communication of any written, verbal, pictorial information or video content by means of an electronic device, including, but not limited to, a telephone, a mobile or cellular telephone or other wireless telecommunication device, or a computer.
  • (4) "Threatening Behavior" means any pattern of behavior or isolated action, whether or not it is directed at another person, that a reasonable person would believe indicates potential for future harm to students, school personnel, or school property.

Oklahoma Statutes 70-24-100.3. School Safety and Bullying Prevention Act - Definitions.

A. As used in the School Safety and Bullying Prevention Act:

    1. “Bullying” means any pattern of harassment, intimidation, threatening behavior, physical acts, verbal or electronic communication directed toward a student or group of students that results in or is reasonably perceived as being done with the intent to cause negative educational or physical results for the targeted individual or group and is communicated in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school’s educational mission or the education of any student;
    1. “At school” means on school grounds, in school vehicles, at school-sponsored activities, or at school-sanctioned events;
    1. “Electronic communication” means the communication of any written, verbal, pictorial information or video content by means of an electronic device, including, but not limited to, a telephone, a mobile or cellular telephone or other wireless telecommunication device, or a computer; and
    1. “Threatening behavior” means any pattern of behavior or isolated action, whether or not it is directed at another person, that a reasonable person would believe indicates potential for future harm to students, school personnel, or school property.

B. Nothing in this act shall be construed to impose a specific liability on any school district.
Source: Oklahoma State Legislature

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