Illinois Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

What term is used in the Illinois anti-bullying laws?

Bullying.

Do these laws cover cyberbullying?

Yes.

What groups are listed under Illinois state law?

The following groups are listed under Illinois anti-bullying laws:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • National origin
  • Ancestry
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Physical or mental disability
  • Military status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender-related identity or expression
  • Unfavorable discharge from military service
  • Association with a person or group with one or more of the aforementioned actual or perceived characteristics
  • Any other distinguishing characteristic

Schools that receive federal funding are required by federal law to address discrimination on a number of different personal characteristics. Find out when bullying may be a civil rights violation.

Is there a state model policy I can use to create anti-bullying policies at my school or district?

The Illinois state policy guidance document is available on the Illinois Association of School Boards website.

Which of the key components can be found in Illinois anti-bullying laws and policies?

DEFINITIONS
Key Components Present in Illinois State Laws Present in Illinois Model Policy
Purpose YES YES
Scope YES YES
Prohibited Behavior YES YES
Enumerated Groups YES YES
DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT
Key Components Present in Illinois State Laws Present in Illinois Model Policy
District Policy YES YES
District Policy Review YES YES
DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS
Key Components Present in Illinois State Laws Present in Illinois Model Policy
Definitions YES YES
Reporting YES YES
Investigations YES YES
Written Records YES YES
Consequences YES YES
Mental Health YES YES
ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS
Key Components Present in Illinois State Laws Present in Illinois Model Policy
Communications YES YES
Training/Prevention YES NO
Transparency/Monitoring YES NO
Legal Remedies YES NO

NOTE: Click on the Key Components links to get more information about that component.

What are the Illinois state laws that cover bullying?

For More Information

Visit the Illinois State Board of Education’s “Bullying PreventionSite exit disclaimer webpage.

The key component framework used in the analysis of state laws is based on the review of legislation presented in the “Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies – December 2011” (U.S. Department of Education) (PDF - 4.6 MB).


Content last updated on April 29, 2015