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North Carolina Statutes on Bullying and Harassment

Statute 115C-407.5 (2009) defines bullying or harassing behavior and requires each local school administrative unit to adopt a policy prohibiting bullying or harassing behavior.

Statute 115C-407.5 (2009) prohibits bullying of students or school employees and acts of reprisal or retaliation against a victim, witness or a person without reliable information about an act of bullying or harassment. It also requires that witnesses report the incident to the appropriate school official.


State Board of Education Policy HRS-A-007 requires local school boards to develop and maintain policies and procedures to prevent, intervene, investigate, document, and report all acts of bullying and harassment. Statute 115C-335.5 (2001) allows each local board of education to adopt a policy addressing sexual harassment of school employees by students, or other local school employees or school board members.


Cyber Bullying
Statute 115C-407.5 (2009) includes electronic communication in its definition of “bullying or harassing behavior.” The statute prohibits such communication that places a a student or school employee in actual and reasonable fear of harm to their person or property, or creates or is certain to create a hostile environment. Each school must adopt a policy prohibiting bullying or harassing behavior that includes a definition no less inclusive than that of Statute 115C-407.5 (2009).


Statute 14-35 (2003) states that it is illegal for any school or college in the state to engage in hazing, or to aid or abet any other student in committing this offense.

Source: National Association of State Boards of Education
Last Updated: 9/16/2009

Susan J. Blexrud
Youth OUTright board of directors vice chair

SheVille Team

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