Bully Center Cyberbullying Support

Illinois Anti-Bullying Law

What to do if being bullied?

Are you being cyberbullied?

School responsiblity


What to do if you or a friend are being bullied?

If you are being bullied on school grounds, according to state law, you may contact the followng authoraties:

  1. School Principal, teacher, and/or counselor.
  2. School Superintendent.
  3. Parents

If you are being cyber-bullied you may report the harassment to the following people,

  1. Website, application, server administrator.
  2. School faculty
  3. Parents


Is it bullying?1

In the state of Illinois "Bullying" includes "cyber-bullying" and is defined as the pervasive, physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically directed to a student in which:

  1. Places a student or group of students in reasonable fear of harm to the student's or students' person or property;
  2. Causes a substantially detrimental effect on the student's or students' physical or mental health;
  3. Substantially interfers with the student's or students' academic performance; or
  4. Substantially interfers with the student's or students' ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.


State Illinois
Bullying Law Yes 
Include "cyberbullying" Yes 
Include electronic harassment Yes 
Criminal Sanction No 
School sanction Yes 
Require School Policy Yes 
Include off campus behaviors? Yes 



  • State has a law pertaining to bullying
  • The term cyberbullying is specifically included
  • The law does include electronic harassment
  • The law does NOT provide for criminal sanctions
  • The law does have a school policy on bullying
  • State does follow federal law for off-campus bullying behavior


School's reponsibility for OFF campus bullying

In the state of Illinois Schools must include provisions for any incidents of OFF-CAMPUS bullying, including cyber-bullying. If an incident of bullying, as defined above, has been committed the local school board may conduct a good-faith investigation of the facts surrounding the incident in which if applicable may be used in a court of law.  

News about Bullying in Illinois




1Horowitz, M. & Bollinger, D.M. (2014). Cyberbullying in social media within educational institutions. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield; http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=010500050K27-23.7