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Teen Dating Violence

7:185 Teen Dating Violence

Each District 202 student has the right to a safe learning environment that is free from teen dating violence. Teen dating violence is unacceptable and the Board of Education prohibits such violence.  Such conduct may also constitute harassment and/or bullying which are both prohibited by law and the following Board Policies: 5:20 Workplace Harassment Prohibited, 7:10 Equal Educational Opportunities, 7:12 Student Rights and Responsibilities, 7:20 Freedom From Harassment, and 7:180 Preventing Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment. The District shall respond promptly to complaints and reports of teen dating violence and corrective action will be taken where necessary, including disciplinary action where appropriate.

Definitions

For the purposes of this Policy, “dating” or “dating relationship” means an ongoing social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature between two persons. “Dating” or “dating relationship” does not include a casual relationship or ordinary fraternization between two persons in a business or social context.

For the purposes of this Policy, “teen dating violence” means either of the following:

  1. A pattern of behavior in which a person uses or threatens to use physical, mental, or emotional abuse to control another person who is in a dating relationship with the person, where one or both persons are 13 to 19 years of age.
  2. Behavior by which a person uses or threatens to use sexual violence against another person who is in a dating relationship with the person, where one or both persons are 13 to 19 years of age.

Education and Training

Age-appropriate education about teen dating violence shall be incorporated into new or existing training programs for students in grades 7 thru 12, as recommended by the principal or his or her designee. Education about teen dating violence shall also be incorporated into new or existing training programs for all school employees, as recommended by the principal or his or her designee.

Procedures for Responding to Incidents of Teen Dating Violence

The District establishes the following procedures for the manner in which school employees are to respond to incidents of teen dating violence that take place at the school, on school grounds, at school-sponsored activities, or in vehicles used for school-provided transportation:

  1. A student, who believes that he or she has been a victim of teen dating violence, believes that he or she is in danger of teen dating violence, or believes that he or she has witnessed an incident of teen dating violence, may report the matter to any of the following individuals: any District 202 Administrator, Teacher or Student Services Personnel.  A student may choose to report to a person of the student’s same sex. Reports will be kept confidential to the extent possible given the need to investigate. Students who make good faith reports will not be disciplined.
  2. Any school employee who receives a report of teen dating violence or who observes an incident of teen dating violence on school property, at a school-sponsored activity, or in a vehicle used for school-provided transportation, must immediately notify the Principal
  3. Upon receiving this information, the Principal, or his or her designee, shall conduct an investigation to determine if teen dating violence has occurred, and the appropriate response(s). This investigation shall include meeting separately with the alleged victim, the alleged perpetrator, and any witnesses. The Principal or his or her designee shall also notify the School Resource Officer if appropriate.
  4. If it is determined, after an investigation, that conduct prohibited by this Policy has occurred, the District shall take such action as it deems appropriate under the circumstances, including but not limited to counseling referral(s) and/or disciplinary action. Any District student who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in conduct prohibited by this Policy will be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to, suspension and expulsion consistent with the Board’s discipline policy.
  5. The Principal or his or her designee shall notify the alleged victim’s parent/guardian of the report of teen dating violence and shall inform the alleged victim and his or her parent/guardian of school and/or community resources as appropriate, including the availability of counseling and the options to file charges or seek legal protection. The Principal shall also refer the alleged victim and/or the student’s parent/guardians to the following policies: 5:20 Workplace Harassment Prohibited, 7:10 Equal Educational Opportunities, 7:12 Student Rights and Responsibilities, 7:20 Freedom From Harassment, and 7:180 Preventing Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment and provide copies of the same upon request.
  6. The Principal or his or her designee shall notify the alleged perpetrator’s parent/guardian of the report of teen dating violence and shall inform the alleged perpetrator and his or her parent/guardian of school and community resources as appropriate, including the availability of counseling.
  7. If necessary, the Principal or his or her designee shall also notify law enforcement officials if a crime has been committed and/or the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) if he or she suspects child abuse has occurred such that a report to DCFS is required.
  8. The Principal or his or her designee shall also notify the District’s Complaint Managers of the incident(s), and shall follow the requirements and directives of the District’s policies, 5:20 Workplace Harassment Prohibited, 7:10 Equal Educational Opportunities, 7:12 Student Rights and Responsibilities, 7:20 Freedom From Harassment, and 7:180 Preventing Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment, and any relevant procedures for investigating potential violations of such policies, to the extent applicable.

Notice

The Superintendent or his or her designee shall notify all students and parents of this Policy.

LEGAL REF.:  105 ILCS 110/3.10

CROSS REF.:  5:20 (Workplace Harassment Prohibited), 7:10 (Equal Educational Opportunities), 7:12 (Student Rights and Responsibilities), 7:20 (Freedom From Harassment), 7:180 (Preventing Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment)

ADOPTED: December 16, 2013