4101 BP






The relationship between the school employee and the student should be one of professional cooperation and respect. All employees, whether certificated or classified, have a responsibility to conduct themselves in a manner that will maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning.


It is the policy of the Board of Education to support the development of positive relationships between and among students and employees. To that end, district employees are prohibited from engaging in a relationship with an enrolled student that may be reasonably perceived as unprofessional. This includes excessive personal attention or socializing outside of school, dating, courtship or spending an inordinate amount of time with students as to create the impression to other students, their parents, or the public that a dating relationship exists.


It is also the policy of the Board of Education to prohibit any type of sexual relationship, sexual contact or sexually-nuanced behavior between a district employee and an enrolled student. This includes internet chat rooms, social networking sites, text messages, cell phones, and all other forms of electronic and non-electronic communication that may be viewed as inappropriate. It also applies regardless if the student or the employee initiated the sexual behavior or if the student welcomes the sexual behavior and/or reciprocates the attention.


The District shall promptly investigate all reasonable allegations of prohibited staff/student relationships. The District shall utilize the investigation procedures followed for complaints of sexual harassment within the District.


Any employee who is found to have violated this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.


There may be circumstances that do not involve dating or courtship, but are nevertheless unprofessional. Those cases will be judged on the totality of the circumstances under the causes for discipline set forth in the Education Code and collective bargaining agreements.


Legal Reference:


Title XI of the Education Amendments of 1972; 20 U.S.C. and 1681.


See also:


BP 4119.11 Sexual Harassment/Personnel

BP 5145.7 Sexual Harassment/Students



Policy Adopted: 7/13/2010