KU researchers to help develop anti-bullying policies

University of Kansas researchers will help state schools develop and improve anti-bullying policies, the university said in a statement last week.

The Kansas Department of Education has given the university a contract to develop similar policies, clearly define bullying and how to deal with it, the university said.

Anne Williford, assistant professor of social welfare, is the principal investigator for the project, coordinating with other researchers. The work will involve identifying and tracking several kinds of bullying, including cyber-bullying, relational and physical bullying, the university said.

Kansas law requires schools to have a policy that clearly defines bullying, the university said. But it does not require specific language, allowing schools to create policies that fit their district, the university said.