Iowa Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

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

Harassment and bullying.

Do these laws cover cyberbullying?

Yes.

What groups are listed under Iowa state law?

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

  • Age
  • Color
  • Creed
  • National origin
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Marital status
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Physical attributes
  • Physical or mental ability or disability
  • Ancestry
  • Political party preference
  • Political belief
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Familial status

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 Iowa state model policy (PDF - 75 KB) is available on the Iowa Department of Education website.

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

DEFINITIONS
Key ComponentsPresent in Iowa State LawsPresent in Iowa Model Policy
PurposeYESYES
ScopeYESYES
Prohibited BehaviorYESYES
Enumerated GroupsYESYES
DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT
Key ComponentsPresent in Iowa State LawsPresent in Iowa Model Policy
District PolicyYESN/A
District Policy ReviewNON/A
DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS
Key ComponentsPresent in Iowa State LawsPresent in Iowa Model Policy
DefinitionsYESN/A
ReportingYESYES
InvestigationsYESYES
Written RecordsNOYES
ConsequencesYESYES
Mental HealthNONO
ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS
Key ComponentsPresent in Iowa State LawsPresent in Iowa Model Policy
CommunicationsYESYES
Training/PreventionYESYES
Transparency/MonitoringYESYES
Legal RemediesYESNO

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

What are the Iowa state laws that cover bullying?

For More Information

Visit “Bullying and Harassment” by the Iowa 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