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Employee and Volunteer Standards

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  • Employee and Volunteer Screening

    Loyola Academy begins by thoroughly evaluating the backgrounds of our employees and regular volunteers, including:
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  • Mandated Reporters

    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.
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  • 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.
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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.
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  • For Loyola Academy Employees and Volunteers

    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.
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  • For Loyola Academy Students and Parents

    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.
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Faith's Law

Sexual abuse, grooming behaviors, inappropriate employee-student relationships, and other boundary violations harm students, the school environment, and the school community, while diminishing a student’s ability to learn. Such conduct and other sexual misconduct are prohibited. To increase awareness and understanding of these issues, the school encourages parents/guardians, students and all members of the school community to closely review the school policy and the information listed below.

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  • Available Resources & Assistance Information

    For parents/guardians and students seeking counseling services or other resources for children affected by sexual abuse, the following resources are also available:
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  • Grooming Behavior & Warning Signs

    A person commits “grooming” when the person knowingly uses a computer on-line service, Internet service, local bulletin board service, or any other device capable of electronic data storage or transmission, performs an act in person or by conduct through a third party, or uses written communication to seduce, solicit, lure, or entice, or attempt to seduce, solicit, lure, or entice, a child, a child's guardian, or another person believed by the person to be a child or a child's guardian, to commit any sex offense as defined in Section 2 of the Sex Offender Registration Act, to distribute photographs depicting the sex organs of the child, or to otherwise engage in any unlawful sexual conduct with a child or with another person believed by the person to be a child.

    Warning signs of grooming include, but are not limited to, the following behaviors:
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  • Inappropriate Relationships and Other Boundary Violations by Adults & Warning Signs

    All school employees, volunteers, and visitors are expected to maintain professional and appropriate relationships with students based upon students’ ages, grade levels, and developmental levels. Adults in schools breach adult-student boundaries when they misuse their position of power over a student in a way that compromises the student’s health, safety, or general welfare.

    Warning signs of boundary violations include, but are not limited to, the following behaviors:
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  • Reporting & Referral Information for Sexual Abuse, Grooming and/or Boundary Violations

    If you/your student believe you/your student are a victim of child sexual abuse, grooming behaviors, or boundary violations, immediately contact the Principal, a school counselor, or another trusted adult employee of the school.

    To make a report of alleged child sexual abuse or grooming, parents/guardians may also contact your local police department or the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Hotline at 1.800.25.ABUSE (2873).
  • Warning Signs of Child Sexual Abuse

    Warning signs of child sexual abuse include, but are not limited to, the following behaviors (derived from the National Sexual Abuse Chatline at online.rainn.org):
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