Senate Bill S865

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Prohibits cyber-bullying

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Assembly Committee

  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2015-S865 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §2803, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2015-2016 Legislative Session:

2015-S865 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts provisions to ensure that New York state public schools are safe and free from cyber-bullying.

2015-S865 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2015-S865 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             January 7, 2015

Introduced  by  Sens.  RANZENHOFER,  DeFRANCISCO, GOLDEN, LARKIN -- read
  twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to  the
  Committee on Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to prohibiting cyber-bul-


  Section 1. Legislative intent.  The legislature finds that:
  a. Bullying is a long-standing problem among school-aged  children  in
New  York state and throughout the nation. With increasing accessibility
to electronic means of communication, bullying has  transformed  from  a
predominantly school-based issue to a broader societal problem.
  b.  Researchers  have  demonstrated that bullying has long-term conse-
quences. Further, bullying goes beyond the classroom to bullying on  the
job, on athletic teams, on college campuses and the internet.
  c.  Experts  researching  bullying  have  suggested  that one tool for
schools to use  in  combatting  bullying  is  to  maintain  and  enforce
consistent  policies  against  bullying and harassment, including cyber-
bullying. Such enforcement is not always  possible  if  bullying  occurs
away from school or by a non-student.
  d.  Perpetrators  of  cyber-bullying  are  often  more  extreme in the
threats and taunts they inflict on their victims, as they do not actual-
ly see their victim's emotional reaction to the abuse and  believe  that
they are anonymous. Victims of cyber-bullying suffer very real and seri-
ous  harm  as  a  result  of  these  incidents,  often  showing signs of
depression, anxiety, social isolation, nervousness when interacting with
technology, low self-esteem and declining school  performance.  In  some
cases, victims attempt or commit suicide in part because of cyber-bully-
ing they've endured.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

S. 865                              2


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