Loyola Academy begins by thoroughly evaluating the backgrounds of our employees and regular volunteers, including:
initial and annual national criminal background checks for all employees and regular volunteers
fingerprint-based, criminal-history record checks with the Illinois State Police and the FBI for all new employees
annual processing of all employees through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services’State Central Register, a child abuse/neglect tracking system (CANTS), which includes all reports of suspected child abuse or neglect, as well as the outcome of the investigation of these reports
We require orientation and ongoing training for our workforce through VIRTUS, the National Catholic Retention Group's program that thoroughly addresses the issues of boundaries between adults and students. Additionally, all Jesuit employees are accredited by Praesidium.
All employees of Loyola Academy are “mandated reporters” as outlined in the State of Illinois’ Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act, 325 ILCS 5/1, et seq. If a Loyola Academy employee has reasonable cause to believe a student, known to them in his/her professional and official capacity, may be an abused or neglected child, s/he shall immediately report or cause a report to be made to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services by contacting the Child Abuse Hotline at 800-25-ABUSE.
Boundaries Education for Employees
Loyola Academy requires orientation and ongoing training for our employees and regular volunteers through VIRTUS, the National Catholic Risk Retention Group’s program that thoroughly addresses the issues of boundaries between adults and children.
Standards for Faculty and Staff Interaction with Students
Loyola Academy’s “Standards for Faculty/Staff Interaction with Students” outlines appropriate and inappropriate interaction with students under the categories of general conduct, physical contact, discipline, communications, off-campus interactions, overnight trips, relations with former students and enforcement of the standards. All Loyola Academy employees are required to sign an agreement indicating that they have read this document and are in compliance with all of its provisions.
How to Report an Allegation of Abuse or Inappropriate Behavior
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For Loyola Academy Alumni
If you are a Loyola Academy alumnus or alumna and have been abused by an adult while at Loyola Academy, no matter how long ago the abuse may have occurred, we strongly urge you to report this to law enforcement authorities, such as the Wilmette Police Department and/or the Cook County State’s Attorney.
If you are a Loyola Academy teacher, counselor, coach, staff member or administrator and you have reasonable cause to believe a student, known to you in your professional and official capacity, may be an abused or neglected child, you are required to make a report or cause a report to be made to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services at the Child Abuse Hotline at 800-25-ABUSE and to the Assistant Principal for Student Services.
If you are a Loyola Academy student and feel that you have been the victim of any inappropriate behavior by an adult, who works or volunteers at Loyola Academy, you should report it to your counselor, the Assistant Principal for Student Services, or any adult at Loyola Academy or at home with whom you feel comfortable. You may also contact the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and/or theWilmette Police Department.