Policy 4040-7310

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STAFF-STUDENT RELATIONS  Policy Code:   4040/7310

The relationship between staff and students should be one of cooperation, understanding and mutual respect. The staff has the responsibility to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning and to motivate each student to perform to his or her capacity. The staff is expected to model the behavior expected of students in staff-student relationships.

All employees, except student employees, are prohibited from dating, courting or entering into a romantic or sexual relationship with any student enrolled in the school district regardless of the student's age. Employees engaging in or attempting to engage in such inappropriate conduct will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, and may be subject to criminal action as provided in G.S. 14-202.4 and 14-27.7.

Any employee who has reason to believe that another employee is inappropriately involved with a student, as described above, is required to report this information to the superintendent. An employee who fails to inform the superintendent of a suspected inappropriate relationship between an employee and a student may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.

Legal References: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. ยง1681 et seq., 34 C.F.R. pt 106; G.S. 14-27.7, 202.4; 115C-47(18)

Cross References: Governing Principle--Removal of Barriers (policy 1700), Prohibition Against Discrimination and Harassment (policy 1710-4021-7230), Harassment Defined (policy 1736-4026-7236), Sexual Harassment Defined (policy 1736-4026-7236), Student and Parent Grievance Procedure (policy 1740-4010), Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedure for Students (policy 1745-4027), Staff Responsibilities (policy 7300)

Adopted: May 19, 1997

Revised: August 28, 2006

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