Maryland - Bullying Protections for Enumerated Groups: Program Requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

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

2017 Maryland Code Education 7-424.1 Model policy prohibiting bullying, harassment and intimidation

(a)  Definitions. --

  • (1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
  • (2) "Bullying, harassment, or intimidation" means intentional conduct, including verbal, physical, or written conduct, or an intentional electronic communication, that:
    • (i) Creates a hostile educational environment by substantially interfering with a student's educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, or with a student's physical or psychological well-being and is:
        1. Motivated by an actual or a perceived personal characteristic including race, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ancestry, physical attribute, socioeconomic status, familial status, or physical or mental ability or disability; or
        1. Threatening or seriously intimidating; and
    • (ii)
        1. Occurs on school property, at a school activity or event, or on a school bus; or
        1. Substantially disrupts the orderly operation of a school.
  • (3)
    • (i) "Electronic communication" means a communication transmitted by means of an electronic device, including a telephone, cellular phone, computer, or pager.
    • (ii) "Electronic communication" includes a social media communication.
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