Faith’s Law is named after prevention advocate and child sexual abuse survivor Faith Colson, who graduated from an Illinois high school in the early 2000s. Faith was sexually abused by a teacher at her high school. Years later, during the course of legal proceedings related to the abuse, Faith learned that several adults within her high school suspected that the teacher’s relationship with her was inappropriate but did not take appropriate action to report their concerns. As a result of her experiences, Faith pushed for change to state laws related to educator sexual misconduct in K-12 schools.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School enforces Illinois’s Faith Law Requirements in addition to or in conjunction with the Code of Conduct for the Archdiocese of Chicago as set forth above and are restated here to comply with applicable Illinois law.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School staff members are mandated reporters; required to receive training on educator ethics, how to recognize, and report sexual harassment and misconduct such as grooming in order to provide our students with a safe learning environment.
Educator Code of Conduct
Please read the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School approved policy below.
Illinois State Board of Education publications:
Sexual Abuse Response and Prevention Resource Guide
Faith’s Law Guidance and FAQ
Faith’s Law Overview and requirements of Illinois school districts
EDUCATOR CODE OF CONDUCT
Pursuant to Faith’s Law, CRJHS expressly adopts the Illinois State Board of Education’s “Illinois Educator Code of Conduct:
Principle 1: Responsibility to Students. Educators are committed to creating, promoting, and implementing a learning environment that enables students to achieve their highest academic potential, and to succeed as a responsible member of society. They are committed to embodying standards of professionalism in the learning environment; respecting the inherent dignity and worth of each student by assuring that the learning environment is characterized by respect for each student; maintaining a professional relationship with students at all times; providing a curriculum based on high expectations for students; and fostering in each student the development of attributes that will enhance skills and knowledge necessary to be a contributing member of society.
Principle 2: Responsibility to Self. Educators are committed to establishing high professional standards and striving to meet these standards through their performance. They are committed to assuming responsibility and accountability for their performance and striving to demonstrate proficiency and currency in both content knowledge and professional practice; developing and implementing personal and professional goals with attention to professional standards through a process of self-assessment and professional development; representing their professional credentials and qualifications accurately; and using sound professional judgment.
Principle 3: Responsibility to Colleagues and the Profession. Educators are committed to collaborating with school and Diocesan colleagues and other professionals in the interest of student learning and to meet state educational standards; working together to create a respectful, professional and supportive school climate for educators to maintain their individual professional integrity; seeking out and engaging in activities that contribute to the ongoing development of the profession; encouraging promising candidates to enter the education profession; and supporting the preparation, induction, mentoring and professional development of educators.
Principle 4: Responsibility to School Parents and Families. Educators are committed to collaborating, striving to build trust, and respecting confidentiality with school parents and families striving to develop and maintain professional relationships with school parents and families; and promoting collaboration and supporting student learning through communication with parents and families.
Principle 5: Responsibility to the ISBE. Educators are committed to supporting the Administrative and School Codes as applicable to Catholic schools, state and federal laws and regulations as applicable to Catholic schools, and the Illinois State Board of Education’s standards for highly qualified educators, as applicable to Catholic schools. They are committed to providing accurate communication to the Illinois State Board of Education concerning all certification matters; maintaining appropriate certification for employment; and complying with the state and federal codes, laws, and regulations, that apply to Catholic schools.
Sexual Misconduct and Grooming Are Prohibited
Further pursuant to Faith’s Law and in addition to and in conjunction with Code of Conduct for the Archdiocese of Chicago, sexual misconduct and grooming are prohibited:
Sexual misconduct, defined by Faith’s Law as any verbal, nonverbal, written, or electronic communication or physical activity directed toward or with a minor for the purpose of establishing a romantic or sexual relationship with the minor, including but not limited to a sexual or romantic invitation; dating or soliciting a date; engaging in sexualized or romantic dialog; making sexually suggestive comments that are directed toward or with a minor; self-disclosure or physical exposure of a sexual, romantic, or erotic nature; and/or a sexual, indecent, romantic, or erotic contact with the minor (Illinois’ Faith’s Law, Public Act 102-0676, (105 ILCS 5/22-85.5)
Grooming behavior, defined by Faith’s Law and the Illinois Criminal Code as knowingly using a computer online service, internet service, local bulletin board service, or any other device capable of electronic data storage or transmission, or 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, or another person believed by the person to be a child, 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.
Use of Personal Information
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Protecting your information
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Interactions with students: Consent
Where consent for the use and disclosure of personal information is required, the school will seek consent from the appropriate person. In the case of a student’s personal information, the school will seek the consent from the student and/ or parent depending on the circumstances and the student’s mental ability and maturity to understand the consequences of the proposed use and disclosure.
Interactions with students: Gifts
Decisions regarding interactions with and expectations of students, in connection to gifts made to the school, should be made in accordance with this policy and other applicable School policies and guidelines. Cristo Rey Jesuit High School retains discretion to decline requests of and to interact with students for any reason. Any interactions with or requirements of students in connection to a gift must be articulated and agreed concurrent to gift acceptance.
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Last Edited 12-2020