wisconsin

2009 Wisconsin Act 309 (SENATE BILL 154) (https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2009/related/acts/309).  School districts need to adopt bullying policies by August 15, 2010. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is directed to create a model policy that schools may or may not adopt. Law does not include electronic forms of bullying nor does it refer to off-campus bullying.  The DPI model policy does refer to cyberbullying. Dr. Patchin’s analysis of the law, and 2013 proposed update is available here:

http://cyberbullying.org/wisconsin_bullying_law_2013_sentate_bill_184

947.0125 Unlawful use of computerized communication systems; Class B misdemeanor; a fine up to $1,000, or impris­onment for up to 90 days, or both for sending electronic threats or using lewd or profane language in electronic communication. (http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0947.pdf)

Wisconsin also has a criminal defamation statute: “(1) Whoever with intent to defame communicates any defamatory matter to a 3rd person without the consent of the person defamed is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. (2) Defamatory matter is anything which exposes the other to hatred, contempt, ridicule, degradation or disgrace in society or injury in the other’s business or occupation.” https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/942/01

http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/118/46

2015 Assembly Bill 10 adds electronic means (cyberstalking) to the jurisdiction for seeking a restraining order: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/related/proposals/ab10 (See Dr. Patchin’s analysis here: http://cyberbullying.org/wisconsin-extends-restraining-orders-beyond-state-borders)