The purpose of this Procedure is to state a clear prohibition against inappropriate relationships and interactions between employees, independent contractors, volunteers and students. As provided below, this Procedure provides a framework of the types of conduct that is deemed inappropriate with students; an opportunity for employees, volunteers and contractors to recognize and correct problematic behavior; and consequences for failing to do so.
While some of the behavior targeted below may seem inadvertent or harmless when done by well-meaning adults, the same behavior has been used at times as a means of “grooming” students for sexual interactions and other illicit forms of abuse. Consequently, any disciplinary action imposed for violation of this procedure will take into account the totality of the circumstances specific to each case.
Last Revised: August 27, 2018