State law addresses disciplinary consequences for bullying behavior.
Utah Administrative Code R277-613-4. LEA Responsibility to Create or Update Bullying Policies.
- (a) An LEA's policies developed under this section shall complement existing school policies and research based school discipline plans.
- (b) Consistent with Rule R277-609, the discipline plan shall provide direction for dealing with bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, retaliation and disruptive students.
- (c) An LEA shall ensure that a discipline plan required by Rule R277-609:
- (i) directs schools to determine the range of behaviors and establish the continuum of administrative procedures to be used by school personnel to address the behavior of students;
- (ii) provides for identification, by position, of individuals designated to issue notices of disruptive student behavior, bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, and retaliation;
- (iii) designates to whom notices shall be provided;
- (iv) provides for documentation of disruptive student behavior in the LEA's student information system;
- (v) includes strategies to provide for necessary adult supervision;
- (vi) is clearly written and consistently enforced; and
- (vii) includes administration, instruction and support staff, students, parents, community council and other community members in policy development, training and prevention implementation so as to create a community sense of participation, ownership, support and responsibility.
Utah Code 53G-9-605. Bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, abusive conduct, and retaliation policy.
(3) A policy shall include the following components:
- (g) an action plan to address a reported incident of bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, or retaliation;
Utah Code 76-9-201. Electronic communication harassment -- Definitions -- Penalties.
(2) A person is guilty of electronic communication harassment and subject to prosecution in the jurisdiction where the communication originated or was received if with intent to intimidate, abuse, threaten, or disrupt the electronic communications of another, the person:
- (a) (i) makes repeated contact by means of electronic communications, regardless of whether a conversation ensues; or
- (ii) after the recipient has requested or informed the person not to contact the recipient, and the person repeatedly or continuously:
- (A) contacts the electronic communication device of the recipient; or
- (B) causes an electronic communication device of the recipient to ring or to receive other notification of attempted contact by means of electronic communication;
(b) makes contact by means of electronic communication and insults, taunts, or challenges the recipient of the communication or any person at the receiving location in a manner likely to provoke a violent or disorderly response;
(c) makes contact by means of electronic communication and threatens to inflict injury, physical harm, or damage to any person or the property of any person;
(d) causes disruption, jamming, or overload of an electronic communication system through excessive message traffic or other means utilizing an electronic communication device; or
(e) electronically publishes, posts, or otherwise discloses personal identifying information of another person, in a public online site or forum, without that person’s permission [...]
(i) Electronic communication harassment committed against a minor is a class A misdemeanor, except as provided under Subsection (4)(b)(ii).
(ii) A second or subsequent offense under Subsection (4)(b)(i) is a third degree felony, regardless of whether a prior violation of this section was committed against a minor or an adult.