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(105 ILCS 5/26A-45)
(This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date
(a) For purposes of students asserting their rights under provisions relating to domestic or sexual violence in Sections 10-21.3a, 10-22.6, 10-22.6a, 26-2a, 26A-40, and 34-18.24, a school district may require verification of the claim. The student or the student's parents or guardians shall choose which form of verification to submit to the school district. A school district may only require one form of verification, unless the student is requesting a transfer to another school, in which case the school district may require 2 forms of verification. All forms of verification received by a school district under this subsection (a) must be kept in a confidential temporary file, in accordance with the Illinois School Student Records Act. Any one of the following shall be an acceptable form of verification of a student's claim of domestic or sexual violence:
(1) A written statement from the student or anyone
who has knowledge of the circumstances that support the student's claim. This may be in the form of a complaint.
(2) A police report, governmental agency record, or
(3) A statement or other documentation from a
domestic or sexual violence organization or any other organization from which the student sought services or advice.
(4) Documentation from a lawyer, clergy person,
medical professional, or other professional from whom the student sought services or advice related to domestic or sexual violence.
(5) Any other evidence, such as physical evidence of
violence, which supports the claim.
(b) A student or a student's parent or guardian who has provided acceptable verification that the student is or has been a victim of domestic or sexual violence may not be required to provide any additional verification if the student's efforts to assert rights under this Code stem from a claim involving the same perpetrator or the same incident of violence. No school or school district shall request or require additional documentation.
(c) The person named to be the perpetrator, the
perpetrator's family, or any other person named by the student
or the student's parent or guardian to be unsafe to contact may
not be contacted to verify the violence, except to the extent that the district determines that it has an obligation to do so based on federal or State law or safety concerns for the school community, including such concerns for the victim. Prior to making contact, a school must notify the student and his or his parent or guardian in writing and in a developmentally appropriate manner, and discuss
and address any safety concerns related to making such contact.
(Source: P.A. 102-466, eff. 7-1-25.)