Stand up to Bullying and Youth Violence Survey being sent to superintendents and school leaders

The Maine Department of Education is collaborating with the University of Minnesota, in partnership with Columbia University, the University of Iowa, and Temple University, on an Anti-bullying Policy Research Study to understand how Maine’s anti-bullying law and the Department’s model policy are implemented and their effectiveness in addressing bullying behavior in Maine’s public schools.

Within the next week, superintendents, school administrators, counselors, and teachers will receive an email from Sarah Ricker, Student Assistance Coordinator at the Maine DOE, asking for participation in this research study by completing an online survey.  The anonymous results from the survey will provide information to researchers on how Maine’s public schools are utilizing the Department’s model policy.

The input from these educational stakeholders is incredibly important as Maine continues to ensure that all students have the rights to attend public schools that are safe, secure and peaceful environments.

For additional information about this research study, contact Sarah Ricker at or the UMN research staff at