• Sexual Harassment & Teen Dating Violence Prohibited

    Sexual Harassment Prohibited

    Sexual harassment of students is prohibited. A person engages in sexual harassment whenever he or she makes sexual advances, requests sexual favors, and/or engages in other verbal or physical conduct, including sexual violence, of a sexual or sex-based nature, imposed on the basis of sex, that:

    1. Denies or limits the provision of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or that makes such conduct a condition of a student’s academic status; or

    2. Has the purpose or effect of:

    3. Substantially interfering with a student’s educational environment;

    4. Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment;

    5. Depriving a student of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or

    6. Making submission to or rejection of such conduct the basis for academic decisions affecting a student.

    The terms intimidating, hostile, and offensive include conduct that has the effect of humiliation, embarrassment, or discomfort. Examples of sexual harassment include touching, crude jokes or pictures, discussions of sexual experiences, teasing related to sexual characteristics, and spreading rumors related to a person’s alleged sexual activities. The term sexual violence includes a number of different acts. Examples of sexual violence include, but are not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion.

    Teen Dating Violence Prohibited

    Engaging in teen dating violence that takes place at school, on school property, at school-sponsored activities, or in vehicles used for school-provided transportation is prohibited. For purposes of this policy, the term teen dating violence occurs whenever a student who is 13 to 19 years of age uses or threatens to use physical, mental, or emotional abuse to control an individual in the dating relationship; or uses or threatens to use sexual violence in the dating relationship.

    Making a Complaint; Enforcement

    Students are encouraged to report claims or incidents of sexual harassment, teen dating violence or any other prohibited conduct to the nondiscrimination coordinator, building principal, assistant building principal, dean of students, or a complaint manager. A student may choose to report to a person of the student’s same sex. Complaints will be kept confidential to the extent possible given the need to investigate. Students who make good faith complaints will not be disciplined.

     

    Nondiscrimination Coordinator:

    Tina Frye

    1005 State Street, East St. Louis, IL 62201-1907

    618-646-3046

    tina.frye@estl189.com

     

    Complaint Managers:

    Keisa Garrett                                                             Michael Hubbard

    1005 State Street                                                      1005 State Street

    East St. Louis, IL 62201                                             East St. Louis, IL 62201            

    618-646-3020                                                           618-646-3050

    keisa.garrett@estl189.com                                       michael.hubbard@estl189.com 

     

    Any person making a knowingly false accusation regarding prohibited conduct will likewise be subject to discipline.

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    Support Policies:

    The district has adopted policies and procedures concerning sexual abuse investigations at schools that are consistent with 105 ILCS 5/22-85.  East St. Louis SD 189 will work with the St. Clair County Children’s Advocacy Center, the Department of Children and Family Services and/or a local or state law enforcement agency to support the investigation of these crimes to children. 
     
    For more information about The St. Clair County Child Advocacy Center, please see the following:
    St. Clair County Child Advocacy Center
    300 West Main St. #3 Belleville, IL 62220
     
    To report suspected abuse or neglect please see the following:
    Department of Children and Family Services
    1-800-25-ABUSE
     
    To report a crime to youth, adults or community crime dial 911 for emergencies or call  
    East St. Louis Police Crimestoppers Hotline 
    1-866-371-8477
     
    Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse
    https://www.rainn.org/warning-signs

    Illinois Laws Concerning Sexual Abuse
     
     
    • Anti-Bullying/Cyber-Bullying and LGBTQ Bullying Prevention:   School District 189 is in compliance with the Illinois bullying prevention legislation and furthermore is expressly against any type of bullying in its schools. For more information, click here.  
    • Dating Violence:  Illinois legislation states that teen dating violence is unacceptable and is prohibited and that each student has the right to a safe learning environment, and incorporates age-appropriate education about teen dating violence into new or existing training programs for students in grades 7 through 12 and school employee. School District 189 states that any school employee who is notified by a parent, guardian or student, or who reasonably suspects, that a student has been the victim of dating violence shall immediately report that information to the principal/designee. Dating violence includes violent and controlling behavior that an individual uses against a girlfriend or boyfriend, such as physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, yelling, threats, name-calling, threats of suicide, obsessive phone calling or text messaging, extreme jealousy, possessiveness, and stalking. School staff shall promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of dating violence and issue appropriate discipline based on their findings. The principal shall ensure that the student victim of dating violence receives appropriate support services in accordance with board policy.  
    • Sexual Abuse:  Illinois created a Created a Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Assault and adopts and implements a policy addressing sexual abuse of children that may include age-appropriate curriculum for students to include age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness. As mandated reporters, School District 189 supports any student and will offer appropriate services and resources in accordance with board policy.