Rhode Island - 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.

Rhode Island General Laws § 16-21-33. Safe schools act.

(a) Definitions. As used in this chapter:

  • (1) "Bullying" means the use by one or more students of a written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof directed at a student that:
    • (i) Causes physical or emotional harm to the student or damage to the student's property;
    • (ii) Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to himself/herself or of damage to his/her property;
    • (iii) Creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or abusive educational environment for the student;
    • (iv) Infringes on the rights of the student to participate in school activities; or
    • (v) Materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. The expression, physical act or gesture may include, but is not limited to, an incident or incidents that may be reasonably perceived as being motivated by characteristics such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or mental, physical, or sensory disability, intellectual ability or by any other distinguishing characteristic.
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