Section J - Students
Regulation Title: Dating Abuse
Regulation Code: JICL-R
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The District is committed to investigating each substantiated complaint and to taking appropriate action on all confirmed violations of policy. The principal shall investigate and document complaints filed pursuant to this regulation. In investigating the complaint, the principal will maintain confidentiality to the extent reasonably possible. The principal shall also investigate incidents of policy violation that are raised by employees, community members, or students even though no written complaint has been made. It is the responsibility of all District employees to respond to any alleged or known incident of dating abuse in a manner that is consistent with District training.
If, after initial investigation, the principal has reason to believe a violation of policy has occurred, the principal shall determine the appropriate response. The principal shall impose discipline on students who violate this policy in accordance with policies JK, JKD, and JKE.
If the principal's investigation reveals no reasonable cause to believe policy has been violated, the principal shall so inform the complaining student.
Students have the responsibility to file a complaint as soon as possible but within thirty (30) days of the alleged incident. A staff member who becomes aware of a suspected or known dating abuse situation shall make a report to the principal immediately. The principal's investigation will be concluded within five (5) days of the receipt of the complaint.
School principals shall coordinate annual training as part of required professional development for all staff members. Components of this training will be provided to the principal by the District. The Superintendent or designee will oversee the development of the staff training. The training shall include but not be limited to:
- Review of Governing Board policy.
- Responsibilities of school employees.
- Characteristics and identification of dating abuse.
- Accommodation of victim needs.
- Crisis intervention and safety planning.
- Reporting procedures.
- Legal considerations.
An age-appropriate dating abuse curriculum established by the District will be presented to students in grades seven (7) through twelve (12). The curriculum shall include the following components:
- A definition of dating abuse.
- The recognition of dating abuse warning signs.
- The characteristics of healthy relationships.
The Superintendent or designee will oversee the initial and ongoing development of the curriculum. School principals shall oversee the presentation of the curriculum and work with instructional staff to ensure delivery of the curriculum meets District standards.
Each school administrator shall maintain documentation of each case of dating abuse that is addressed. The documentation will be kept for a period of time in accordance with the records retention requirements established by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records. Access to student files is governed by state and federal law. In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), parents and legal guardians have a right to access their children's school records until the child turns eighteen (18), including files that involve dating abuse.
Students are encouraged to report all known or suspected instances of dating abuse involving themselves or other students.
When District officials have a reasonable belief or an investigation reveals that a reported incident may constitute an unlawful act, law enforcement authorities will be informed.
Reviewed: July 12, 2011 [Via email from Supt's Ofc to Board]