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USDE’s Office of Civil Rights issues guidance on bullying of students with disabilities

Published December 2014

On Oct. 21, as part of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights issued guidance to schools reminding them to be vigilant of bullying and harassment situations involving students with disabilities. Under federal law, if a student with a disability is being bullied, schools are required to take immediate action to investigate, stop bullying, and prevent it from reoccurring. This guidance makes it clear that protections exist for students under both the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. See the Dear Colleague letter below.

Press Release

Dear Colleague Letter

For questions, regarding Bullying and Harassment, contact consultant Barb Anderson at For questions regarding students with disabilities, contact Thomas Mayes at