Bullying Laws in Iowa

The policies and anti bullying laws in Iowa alternately use the terms “harassment” and “bullying.” They also cover cyber-bullying which significantly becomes a predominant problem of the society. Various groups are being protected in the law such as:

  • Age
  • Ancestry
  • Color
  • Creed
  • Familial status
  • Gender Identity
  • Marital Status
  • National Origin
  • Physical Attributes
  • Physical or mental ability or disability
  • Political party preference
  • Political belief
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Socio-economic status

Bullying Laws in IowaKey Points on the Anti Bullying Laws in Iowa:

Harassment or Bullying Prohibited, Policy and Immunity

  • Purpose
  • Definitions
    • Electronic – communication through transmission of information using wire, radio, optical cable, electromagnetic, et al.
    • Harassment and Bullying – can refer to electronic, written, verbal, physical act or conduct to a student that:
      • Places the student in reasonable fear of physical harm
      • Places the student in reasonable fear of damage of property
      • Has a substantially detrimental effect on the student
        • Physically
        • Mentally
        • Learning environment
  • Trait or characteristic of a student
  • Volunteer
  • Policy
    • Statement that prohibits bullying:
      • School employees
      • Volunteers
      • Students
  • Places where bullying is prohibited:
    • School property
    • School functions
    • School-sponsored activities
  • Immunity given to a witness, a victim or someone who has reliable information about a bullying incident.
  • Consequences of bullying act
  • Procedure for reporting a harassment or bullying incident in writing
  • Procedure for prompt investigation
  • Manner in which the policy will be publicized
  • Programs
    • Training to school employees and volunteers regarding anti-harassment and anti-bullying.
    • Training to provide skills and knowledge for school employees, volunteers and students to help reduce the incidents of bullying.
    • Collection requirement
    • Integration of policy and reporting
    • Existing remedy

Bullying Laws in Iowa – Model Policy

Model policy for anti-bullying is available to view at the Iowa Department of Education.s

Healthy Workplace Bill in Iowa

Iowa has not yet passed a bill for a safer workplace from bullying. Only 7 signatures were present. The bill needs 93 more petitions for the bill to be passed.

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