Illinois Anti-Bullying Law
If you are being bullied on school grounds, according to state law, you may contact the followng authoraties:
- School Principal, teacher, and/or counselor.
- School Superintendent.
If you are being cyber-bullied you may report the harassment to the following people,
- Website, application, server administrator.
- School faculty
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:
- Places a student or group of students in reasonable fear of harm to the student's or students' person or property;
- Causes a substantially detrimental effect on the student's or students' physical or mental health;
- Substantially interfers with the student's or students' academic performance; or
- Substantially interfers with the student's or students' ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
|Include electronic harassment||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
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.
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