State law addresses reporting and investigations.
Vermont Statutes 16 V.S.A. § 570c. Bullying
The bullying prevention policy required by section 570 of this title and its plan for implementation shall include: (1) a statement that bullying, as defined in subdivision 11(a)(32) of this title, is prohibited; (2) a procedure that directs students, staff, parents, and guardians how to report violations and file complaints; (3) a procedure for investigating reports of violations and complaints; (4) a description of the circumstances under which bullying may be reported to a law enforcement agency; (5) consequences and appropriate remedial action for students who commit bullying; (6) a description of how the school board will ensure that teachers and other staff members receive training in preventing, recognizing, and responding to bullying; and (7) annual designation of two or more people at each school campus to receive complaints and a procedure both for publicizing the availability of those people and clarifying that their designation does not preclude a student from bringing a complaint to any adult in the building.