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Bullying and the Law

November 3, 2011

This year, New Jersey has a much-discussed new law that is considered the nation's toughest anti-bullying statute. Adopted following the suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, the law contains only one mention of higher education: it simply requires public institutions to “include a policy on harassment, intimidation or bullying” in student codes of conduct. (The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act, the re-introduced federal legislation that has yet to reach a vote, would essentially extend the New Jersey law to all other states...