Utah - Bullying Protections for Enumerated Groups: Program Requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

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

Utah Administrative Code R277-613-1. Definitions. [Repealed and revised as of 10/1/2018]

E. "Federally protected class" means any group protected from discrimination under the following federal laws:

  • (1) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin;
  • (2) Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex;
  • (3) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability; and
  • (4) Other areas included under these acts prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

Utah Code 53G-9-601. Definitions.

As used in this part:
(1) (a) "Abusive conduct" means verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a parent or student directed toward a school employee that, based on its severity, nature, and frequency of occurrence, a reasonable person would determine is intended to cause intimidation, humiliation, or unwarranted distress.

  • (b) A single act does not constitute abusive conduct.

(2) "Bullying" means a school employee or student intentionally committing a written, verbal, or physical act against a school employee or student that a reasonable person under the circumstances should know or reasonably foresee will have the effect of:

  • (a) causing physical or emotional harm to the school employee or student;
  • (b) causing damage to the school employee's or student's property;
  • (c) placing the school employee or student in reasonable fear of:
    • (i) harm to the school employee's or student's physical or emotional well-being; or
    • (ii) damage to the school employee's or student's property;
  • (d) creating a hostile, threatening, humiliating, or abusive educational environment due to:
    • (i) the pervasiveness, persistence, or severity of the actions; or
    • (ii) a power differential between the bully and the target; or
  • (e) substantially interfering with a student having a safe school environment that is necessary to facilitate educational performance, opportunities, or benefits.
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