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ERIC Number: ED512472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-26
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Dear Colleague Letter Harassment and Bullying (October 26, 2010). Background, Summary, and Fast Facts
US Department of Education
The Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) does the following: (1) Clarifies the relationship between bullying and discriminatory harassment under the civil rights laws enforced by the Department of Education's (ED) Office for Civil Rights (OCR); (2) Explains how student misconduct that falls under an anti-bullying policy also may trigger responsibilities under one or more of the anti-discrimination statutes enforced by OCR; (3) Reminds schools that failure to recognize discriminatory harassment when addressing student misconduct may lead to inadequate or inappropriate responses that fail to remedy violations of students' civil rights. Colleges and universities have the same obligations under the anti-discrimination statutes as elementary and secondary schools; and (4) Discusses racial and national origin harassment, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, and disability harassment and illustrates how a school should respond in each case. ED is issuing the DCL to clarify the relationship between bullying and discriminatory harassment, and to remind schools that by limiting their responses to a specific application of an anti-bullying or other disciplinary policy, they may fail to properly consider whether the student misconduct also results in discrimination in violation of students' federal civil rights. This paper offers a summary of the points raised in the DCL. (Contains 1 footnote) [For the full letter, see ED512473.]
US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Fax: 301-470-1244; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office for Civil Rights (ED)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Civil Rights Act 1964; Education Amendments 1972; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504); Title IX Education Amendments 1972