Iowa Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

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

Harassing and bullying.

Do these laws cover cyberbullying?

Yes.  

What groups are listed under Iowa state law?

The groups listed under Iowa state law include, but are not limited to:

  • 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?

A state model policy is available at the Iowa Department of Education.

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

Key Components

Present in Iowa State Laws

Present in Iowa Model Policy

DEFINITIONS

Purpose

YES

YES

Scope

YES

YES

Prohibited Behavior

YES

YES

Enumerated Groups

YES

YES

DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT

District Policy

YES

N/A

District Policy Review

NO

N/A

DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS

Definitions

YES

N/A

Reporting

YES

YES

Investigations

YES

YES

Written Records

NO

YES

Consequences

YES

YES

Mental Health

NO

NO

ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS

Communications

YES

YES

Training/Prevention

YES

YES

Transparency/Monitoring

YES

YES

Legal Remedies

YES

NO

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

See “Anti-Bullying/Anti-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).