Bullying Laws in Illinois

The bullying laws in Illinois protect different groups such as:

  • Age
  • Ancestry
  • Association with a person or group with one or more of these groups
  • Any other distinguishing character
  • Color
  • Gender-related identity or expression
  • Marital Status
  • Military Status
  • National Origin
  • Physical or Mental Disability
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Unfavorable discharge from military service


Bullying Laws in IllinoisKey Points in the Anti Bullying Laws in Illinois:

  • Student discipline policies – Tackles having parent-teacher committee to protect and monitor the safety and security of the students in and around the campus.
  • Preventing or interfering with attendance – States that whoever threaten or intimidate a student to the extent that the menace already affects his school attendance will be punished.
  • Internet safety education curriculum – helps in informing and protecting students against illegal communications. School districts should include internet safety curriculums
  • Amends bullying prevention– This section clearly identified effects of bullying including:
    • Physical harm
    • Emotional harm
    • Psychological harm
    • Interferes with the learning environment of the student
    • Links to anti-social behavior

Under this section, no students should experience bullying:

  • During any school-sponsored education program
  • While in school
  • School property
  • School vehicles
  • Designated school bus stops
  • School sponsored or school-sanctioned events or activities
  • Through the transmission of information using:
    • School computer
    • School computer network
    • Other electronic school equipment
  • Bullying defined– “any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically directed toward a student.” Bullying also has negative effects like:
    • Placing the student in reasonable fear
    • Harm to student’s properties
    • Causing substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health
    • Substantially interfering with the learning environment of the student

Healthy Workplace Bill in Illinois

Not only in school campuses is the state of Illinois serious in fighting against this age-old society problem. In fact, Illinois was the 13th among all other states in the USA to pass a bill to protect employees in their workplaces against bullying. The Healthy Workplace Bill (HB 942) was passed on March 16, 2011.

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