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New Law in State on Teen Dating Violence on School Property

Question:  Must my teen’s school have a policy in place to report incidents of rape or violence that occur on school property? Answer:  Under a new Illinois law, effective immediately, school boards must adopt policies that establish how school employees respond to reported instances of teen dating violence on school grounds. The law also calls for incorporating education about teen dating violence into new or existing education programs for students in grades seven through 12 and also for school employees.     For more information about Illinois law, visit  If you have a legal question, send it to Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit