State law addresses accountability by requiring districts to review and update anti-bullying policies and/or to submit policies to the state for review and approval.
Utah Administrative Code R277-613-4. LEA Responsibility to Create or Update Bullying Policies.
(1) In addition to the requirements of Subsection 53G-9-605(3), an LEA shall:
(a) develop, update, and implement policies as required by Section 53G-9-605 and this rule, which shall include a prohibition on:
(iv) retaliation; and
(v) making a false report;
(b) post a copy of the LEA's policy on the LEA website;
(c) develop an action plan to address a reported incident of bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, or retaliation; and
(d) provide a requirement for a signed statement that meets the requirements of Subsection 53G-9-605(3)(h) annually.
Utah Code 53G-9-605. Bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, abusive conduct, and retaliation policy.
(1) On or before September 1, 2018, an LEA governing board shall update the LEA governing board’s bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, and retaliation policy to include abusive conduct.
Utah Code 53G-9-606. Model policy and State Board of Education duties.
(2) The state board shall require a an LEA governing board to report annually to the state board on:
- (a) the LEA governing board’s policy, including implementation of the signed statement requirement described in Subsection 53G-9-605(3);
- (b) the LEA governing board’s training of school employees relating to bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, and retaliation described in Section 53G-9-607; and
- (c) other information related to this part, as determined by the state board.