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 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?

Illinois does not have a state model policy.

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

DEFINITIONS
Key ComponentsPresent in Illinois State Laws
PurposeYES
ScopeYES
Prohibited BehaviorYES
Enumerated GroupsYES
DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT
Key ComponentsPresent in Illinois State Laws
District PolicyYES
District Policy ReviewYES
DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS
Key ComponentsPresent in Illinois State Laws
DefinitionsNO
ReportingNO
InvestigationsNO
Written RecordsNO
ConsequencesYES
Mental HealthNO
ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS
Key ComponentsPresent in Illinois State Laws
CommunicationsYES
Training/PreventionYES
Transparency/MonitoringNO
Legal RemediesYES

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 “BullyingSite exit disclaimer 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) (PDF - 4.6 MB).


Content last updated on March 31, 2014