Adoption Date: 2/2/2010, Revised: ; 1/17/17; 3/20/18


The Board of Education requires that all District employees maintain a professional, ethical
relationship with District students that is conducive to an effective, safe learning
environment, and that employees act as role models for students at all times, on or off
school property. Employees and students must observe appropriate personal boundaries with one another and not engage in any behavior that could reasonable lead to even the
appearance of impropriety.

Therefore, District employees shall, under no circumstances, engage in any conduct
involving inappropriate fraternization or undue familiarity with students, regardless of the
student’s age. Inappropriate fraternization or undue familiarity with students includes, but is not limited to: flirting; making suggestive comments; dating; requests for sexual activity; physical displays of affection; giving inappropriate personal gifts; frequent personal communication with a student unrelated to course work or official school matters
(irrespective of medium), hosting overnight student events (excluding preapproved District-sanctioned activities); providing alcohol or drugs to students; inappropriate touching; and engaging in any form of sexual contact.

Furthermore, District employees shall not interact with students in such a manner or under
such circumstances as to create even the appearance of inappropriate fraternization or undue familiarity.

A District employee or student who is involved in, or is aware of, any activity prohibited by
this policy (or has a good faith belief that such activity has occurred, or is occurring), shall
immediately report such activity to any staff member or either the employee’s supervisor,
the student’s Principal or the District’s designated Complaint Officer. If a student initiates
or attempts to initiate contact with a District employee that is prohibited by this policy, that employee shall immediately document the incident and report it to his/her Building
Principal or Supervisor. A District employee’s reporting obligation under this policy is in
addition to, and does not supersede, any child abuse reporting requirements mandated by

In all events such reports shall be forwarded to the designated Complaint Officer for further
investigation. Anonymous complaints of inappropriate fraternization or undue familiarity
with students shall also be investigated by the District. Investigations of inappropriate staff-student relations shall follow the procedures utilized for complaints of harassment within the District. Allegations of violations of this policy shall be promptly investigated and, to the maximum extent permitted by law, will be treated as confidential.

Prohibition of Retaliation

The Board of Education prohibits any retaliatory behavior directed against complainants,
victims, witnesses, and/or any other individuals who participate in the investigation of
allegations of inappropriate fraternization or undue familiarity with students. Any act of
retaliation is subject to appropriate disciplinary action by the District.

District Responsibility/Training
The Principal of each school and/or program supervisor shall be responsible for informing
students, employees and volunteers of the requirements of its policy, including the duty to
report and the procedures established for investigation and resolution of complaints.
Further, employee training shall be provided to facilitate staff identification of possible
behavior that may constitute inappropriate staff-student relationships. Students shall be
provided such training in an age appropriate manner.

This policy shall be disseminated to all employees at least once per year. Further, this topic
shall be addressed in the District Code of Conduct.

Disciplinary Sanctions
Violation of this policy by a District employee shall result in disciplinary measures up to
and including termination of employment, in accordance with legal guidelines, District
policy and regulation, and any applicable collective bargaining agreement. A violation of
this policy may also subject the employee to criminal and/or civil sanctions as well as
disciplinary action by the State Education Department.

Policy References:
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 United State Code (USC) Section 1681
et seq.
Education Law Article 23-B
Social Services Law Sections 411-428
8 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Part 83

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