Pennsylvania - Bullying Policy Scope: 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.

Pennsylvania Unconsolidated Statutes 1949 Act 14. Article XIII-A. Safe Schools. Section 1303.1-A. Policy Related to Bullying.

(d)  In its policy relating to bullying adopted or maintained under subsection (a), a school entity shall not be prohibited from defining bullying in such a way as to encompass acts that occur outside a school setting if those acts meet the requirements contained in subsection (e)(1), (3) and (4). If a school entity reports acts of bullying to the office in accordance with section 1303-A(b), it shall report all incidents that qualify as bullying under the entity’s adopted definition of that term.


Pennsylvania Unconsolidated Statutes 1949 Act 14. Article XIII-A. Safe Schools. Section 1303.1-A. Policy Related to Bullying.

(e)  For purposes of this article, “bullying” shall mean an intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act, or a series of acts:

  • (1)  directed at another student or students;
  • (2)  which occurs in a school setting;
  • (3)  that is severe, persistent or pervasive; and
  • (4)  that has the effect of doing any of the following:
    • (i)  substantially interfering with a student’s education;
    • (ii)  creating a threatening environment; or
    • (iii)  substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school; and
    • “school setting” shall mean in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a designated bus stop or at any activity sponsored, supervised or sanctioned by the school.
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