Indiana - Mental Health Supports for Students Involved in Bullying Incidents: Programs and Services

Programs And Services
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State law encourages districts to provide safeguards, counseling or other supportive services or interventions, or requires districts to provide students with resources and referrals without mandating the provision of direct services or interventions.

Indiana Code 20-33-8-12 Adoption of discipline rules; publicity requirement; discipline policy regulations and guidelines; delegation of authority; rulemaking powers of governing body

(a) Discipline rules adopted by the governing body of a school corporation under section 12 [IC 20-33-8-12] of this chapter must:

  • (1) prohibit bullying; and
  • (2) include:
    • (A) provisions concerning education, parental involvement, and intervention;
    • (B) a detailed procedure for the expedited investigation of incidents of bullying that includes:
      • (i) appropriate responses to bullying behaviors, wherever the behaviors occur;
      • (ii) provisions for anonymous and personal reporting of bullying to a teacher or other school staff;
      • (iii) timetables for reporting of bullying incidents to the parents of both the targeted student and the bully, in an expedited manner;
      • (iv) timetables for reporting of bullying incidents to school counselors, school administrators, the superintendent, or law enforcement, if it is determined that reporting the bullying incident to law enforcement is necessary;
      • (v) discipline provisions for teachers, school staff, or school administrators who fail to initiate or conduct an investigation of a bullying incident; and
      • (vi) discipline provisions for false reporting of bullying; and
    • (C) a detailed procedure outlining the use of follow-up services that includes:
      • (i) support services for the victim; and
      • (ii) bullying education for the bully.
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