Arkansas - Bullying Protections for Enumerated Groups: Program Requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law enumerates protected classes including explicit protections for LGBTQ youth.

2017 Arkansas Code 6-18-514. Antibullying policies

(b) As used in this section:

  • (1) "Attribute" means an actual or perceived personal characteristic including without limitation race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, socioeconomic status, academic status, disability, gender, gender identity, physical appearance, health condition, or sexual orientation;
  • (2) "Bullying" means the intentional harassment, intimidation, humiliation, ridicule, defamation, or threat or incitement of violence by a student against another student or public school employee by a written, verbal, electronic, or physical act that may address an attribute of the other student, public school employee, or person with whom the other student or public school employee is associated and that causes or creates actual or reasonably foreseeable:
    • (A) Physical harm to a public school employee or student or damage to the public school employee's or student's property;
    • (B) Substantial interference with a student's education or with a public school employee's role in education;
    • (C) A hostile educational environment for one (1) or more students or public school employees due to the severity, persistence, or pervasiveness of the act; or
    • (D) Substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school or educational environment;
Policy Links: