Definition of bullying in Indiana Code EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013
SOURCE: IC 21-39-2-2.1; (13)HE1423.1.8. --> SECTION 8. IC 21-39-2-2.1 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS ANEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS:
(b) As used in this section, "bullying" means overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner (including digitally or electronically), physical acts committed, aggression, or any other behaviors, that are committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the other student and create for the targeted student, while the targeted student is on the property owned, used, or occupied by the state educational institution, an objectively hostile environment that:
- places the targeted student in reasonable fear of harm to the targeted student's person or property;
- has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student's physical or mental health;
- has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student's academic performance; or
- has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, and privileges provided by the state educational institution.
(c) If the board of trustees of a state educational institution elects to govern, by regulation or another means, the conduct of students, faculty, employees, and others on the property owned, used, or occupied by the state educational institution, the regulation must include a policy prohibiting bullying.
Resources for Bullying
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