Illinois Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

What term is used in Illinois anti-bullying laws? 

Bullying.

Do these laws cover cyberbullying?

Yes.

What groups are listed under Illinois state law?

The following groups — actual or perceived — are listed under Illinois state law:

  • 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?

Illinois does not have a model policy.

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

Key ComponentsPresent in Illinois State Laws
DEFINITIONS
Purpose

YES

Scope

YES

Prohibited Behavior

YES

Enumerated Groups

YES

DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT
District Policy

YES

District Policy Review

YES

DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS
Definitions

NO

Reporting

NO

Investigations

NO

Written Records

NO

Consequences

YES

Mental Health

NO

ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS
Communications

YES

Training/Prevention

YES

Transparency/Monitoring

NO

Legal Remedies

YES

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

See “Bullying” by the Illinois Department of Education.

Information for this page was developed from “Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies – December 2011” (U.S. Department of Education).