Bully Free Iowa and Student Passwords

Althouse has linked to a story about an anti-bullying law in Illinois which is reportedly being interpreted to allow school districts to require students or parents to provide them with student’s passwords to social media accounts to assist school district investigations of alleged incidents of bullying.

The Illinois law is similar to the Governor’s proposed Bully Free Iowa Act of 2015, in that it expands district authority over out of school online speech if it causes a substantial disruption to the educational process or the orderly operation of a school. Interestingly, the Illinois law notes that schools are not required to monitor student social media use out of school, though they do not appear to be prohibited from doing so.