- Human Rights
Sexual abuse includes any prohibited sexual act with a student, or soliciting, or otherwise attempting to cause a student to engage in a prohibited sexual act. St. Andrew’s recognizes its responsibility to make every reasonable effort to maintain an educational environment free of sexual abuse. To this end, St. Andrew’s:
- Educates employees and students about issues of sexual abuse;
- Emphasizes the sacred and personal responsibility all adults in the School community carry as they work with and among students;
- Reviews all aspects of the professional ethics and responsibility of employees;
- Studies and discusses professional boundaries and reviews procedures for the prompt reporting of any concerns about adult conduct;
- Conducts annual professional training on the subject of sexual abuse and boundary violations;
- Requires adults and students to report knowledge of sexual abuse, and reasonable suspicion of sexual abuse, to the Head of School, the Associate Head of School, the Chief Operating Officer, or the Dean of Wellness;
- Discusses sexual abuse prevention as a crucial element within the students’ lives in high school and in college;
- Reviews the elements of consent (a student is not capable of consenting to sexual contact with a staff member), as well as behavior that constitutes sexual abuse; and
- Reviews cases of sexual abuse and the opportunities and responsibilities of bystanders.
For any report of sexual abuse, the Head of School will:
- Inform involved student parents of report.
- Inform Child and Family Services of the report.
- Inform the police of the report.
- Ask an outside investigator to explore the report.
- Take steps necessary to assure the safety and well-being of students involved, including all reasonable steps to preserve confidentiality, and assure there is no retaliation for good faith reports of sexual abuse.
- student safety & wellness