As part of San Domenico’s commitment to ensuring the safety and well being of our students, we require our employees to comply with the following policy on Employee-Student Relations. The School encourages parents or other members of the school community who have concerns about employee compliance with this policy or any other questions to contact the Head of School or the Chair of the Board of trustees.
The School encourages close, warm relationships between students and School faculty and staff.At the same time, it is important that each employee’s conduct is at all times professional.Employees must maintain appropriate boundaries between themselves and students to ensure that they avoid even the perception of inappropriate conduct. The objective of this policy is not to restrain positive relationships between employees and students, but to prevent relationships that could lead to, or may be perceived as, sexual misconduct. Employees must ensure that they do not cross the boundaries of a professional relationship.
Below is a list of examples of conduct that may involve inappropriate crossing of the boundaries of the professional relationship:
- Giving gifts to an individual student that are of a personal or intimate nature;
- Unnecessary physical contact with a student in either a public or private situation;
- Making, or participating in sexually inappropriate comments;
- Sexual jokes, stories, or jokes/comments with sexual innuendo;
- Seeking emotional involvement with a student for an employee’s benefit;
- Discussing an employee’s own personal troubles or intimate issues with students;
- Becoming involved with a student so that a reasonable person may suspect inappropriate behavior;
- Inappropriate use of social media with or about students;
- Non-School-related texting with students;
- Sending communications to students of a personal nature if the content is not about school activities;
- Failing to keep the appropriate administrator or School Counselor informed when a significant issue develops about a student.
- Swearing or using inappropriate language in the presence of students
- Commentary in a derogatory or discriminatory manner to a student; either about that student or another student
Duty to Report
If an employee finds him or herself in a difficult situation related to boundaries, the employee should ask for advice from a Supervisor, School Counselor or Administrator. When any employee becomes aware of another employee crossing appropriate boundaries with a student, the employee must report the matter to the Supervisor, School Counselor or Head of School. In some circumstances, employees will also have the duty to report such conduct in accordance with the mandated reporter requirements.
The School will not retaliate against anyone who reports conduct that may violate this policy. An employee who retaliates against an individual who makes a report under this policy will be subject to discipline.