Series: Series0000     Sub Series: 0100     Policy Number: 0120
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The Board of Education requires the relationship between employees, volunteers, consultants and students to be based upon mutual respect and professionalism. All employees, volunteers and consultants are expected to exercise good judgment and maintain professional boundaries when interacting with students and each other, in all curricular and extra-curricular activities, both on and off school property.

Any behavior of a sexual nature between employees, volunteers, consultants and students, which may also constitute professional misconduct, and may be a violation of criminal or civil statutes, professional codes of ethics or board policy, is strictly prohibited. Such behavior may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Any conduct that may or would constitute sexual harassment, discrimination, or retaliation under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
  • Any conduct that would constitute sexual abuse of a minor under the New York State Penal Law (e.g., rape, forcible touching, sexual intercourse, aggravated sexual conduct, etc.)
  • Any sexual relationship by an employee, volunteer or consultant with (1) any K-12 student in the district, regardless of the student's age, or (2) a former student under age 18.
  • Any activity directed toward establishing a sexual relationship with a student, such as dating, sending intimate letters; and/or engaging in sexualized dialogue whether in person, by phone, via electronic communication, or in writing.

Individuals who become aware of any sexual misconduct by an administrator, employee, volunteer or consultant of the District are required to report such action to the Title IX Compliance Officers, the Building Principal, or the Superintendent of Schools.

After a thorough investigation and a finding of misconduct, the District will take prompt and appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with District policy, collective bargaining agreements and appropriate criminal and civil statutes. Where appropriate, such disciplinary penalties may involve seeking revocation of certification and/or reporting such activity to appropriate law enforcement officials.

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Education Amendments of 1972, Title IX, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et. seq. 
Education Law §§ 1125-1133 
Penal Law §§ 130, 235, 263

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