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Iowa 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. Parents


Is it bullying?1

In the state of Iowa "Bullying" is defined as the hostile behavior in which has the effects of:

  1. Placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property
  2. Have a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health
  3. Substantially interfere with the student’s academic performance, or
  4. Substantially interfere with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the school.

Each local School district must have a policy with minimum of these definitons for bullying. 


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



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


School's reponsibility for OFF campus bullying

There is no official policy for the occurence of OFF-CAMPUS incidents. However, the school may take action if said bullying were to occur on:

  1. School grounds, functions, transpot, sponsored activites

News about Bullying in Iowa




1Horowitz, M. & Bollinger, D.M. (2014). Cyberbullying in social media within educational institutions. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield; http://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/resources/cyberbullying-iowa.htm