State law addresses disciplinary consequences for bullying behavior.
New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:16-7.1 Code of student conduct.
(c) The code of student conduct shall include, at a minimum: 6. Expectations and consequences consistent with the district board of education's policies and procedures on attendance, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.6, and harassment, intimidation, and bullying, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.7.
New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:16-7.7 Harassment, intimidation, and bullying.
(a) Each district board of education shall develop, adopt, and implement a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying on school grounds, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15. 2. Each district board of education shall have control over the content of the policy, except that the policy shall contain, at a minimum, the following components: vi. Consequences for a student who commits an act of harassment, intimidation, or bullying that are:
- (1) Varied and graded according to the nature of the behavior; the nature of the student's disability, if any, and to the extent relevant; the developmental age of the student; and the student's history of problem behaviors and performance; and
- (2) Consistent with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7, as appropriate. vii. Appropriate consequences and remedial action for a staff member who commits an act of harassment, intimidation, or bullying
New Jersey Statutes 18A:37-15 Adoption of policy concerning harassment, intimidating or bullying by each school district.
b. A school district shall have local control over the content of the policy, except that the policy shall contain, at a minimum, the following components:
- (9) consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person who commits an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying;
New Jersey Statutes 18A:37-2 Causes for suspension, expulsion of pupils.
Any pupil who is guilty of continued and willful disobedience, or of open defiance of the authority of any teacher or person having authority over him, or of the habitual use of profanity or of obscene language, or who shall cut, deface or otherwise injure any school property, shall be liable to punishment and to suspension or expulsion from school. Conduct which shall constitute good cause for suspension or expulsion of a pupil guilty of such conduct shall include, but not be limited to, any of the following: a. Continued and willful disobedience; b. Open defiance of the authority of any teacher or person, having authority over him; c. Conduct of such character as to constitute a continuing danger to the physical well-being of other pupils; d. Physical assault upon another pupil; e. Taking, or attempting to take, personal property or money from another pupil, or from his presence, by means of force or fear; f. Willfully causing, or attempting to cause, substantial damage to school property; g. Participation in an unauthorized occupancy by any group of pupils or others of any part of any school or other building owned by any school district, and failure to leave such school or other facility promptly after having been directed to do so by the principal or other person then in charge of such building or facility; h. Incitement which is intended to and does result in unauthorized occupation by any group of pupils or others of any part of a school or other facility owned by any school district; i. Incitement which is intended to and does result in truancy by other pupils; j. Knowing possession or knowing consumption without legal authority of alcoholic beverages or controlled dangerous substances on school premises, or being under the influence of intoxicating liquor or controlled dangerous substances while on school premises; and k. Harassment, intimidation, or bullying.