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Bullying Policy Requirements

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) considers the IASB sample policy on bullying, dated Aug. 2014, to comply with State law.

The sample policy is 7:180, Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment. We revised the policy in the Aug. 2014 PRESS issue in response to the legislation listed below amending the bullying statute, 105 ILCS 5/27-23.7.

  • P.A. 98-669 (effective 6-26-2014) added components for the bullying prevention policy.
  • P.A. 98-801 (effective 1-1-2015) added provisions concerning cyber-bullying at nonschool-related locations or functions, or from the use of a device that is not owned, leased, or used by a school district or school.

ISBE sent a memo on Jan. 28, 2015 to superintendents describing the required components of the bullying policy. The memo states that the bullying policy must contain examples of the various forms bullying may take. The IASB sample bullying policy contains only required components. The bullying statute does not require the policy to contain examples of bullying and, thus, our sample policy does not contain examples of bullying.

ISBE indicated to us that it continues to believe that the statute’s best interpretation is that the examples should be included within the definition. However, ISBE will consider IASB's policy to comply with the statute. We agree that examples may be helpful and will include examples of bullying in policy when it is next updated (probably 2016). Examples of bullying are currently in another policy (7:20, Harassment of Students Prohibited). The examples are in the first section Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment Prohibited. This policy prohibits everyone from engaging in harassing conduct on the basis of the listed protected statuses; it contains the sexual harassment prohibitions.

Please contact an IASB Policy Consultant or the Office of General Counsel if you have any questions.

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