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Sexual Abuse and Title IX Requirements

Sexual harassment affects a student’s ability to learn and an employee’s ability to work. Providing an educational and workplace environment free from sexual harassment is an important district goal. The district does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of its education programs or activities, and it complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 [Title IX] and its implementing regulations (34 C.F.R. Part 106) concerning everyone in the district’s education programs and activities, including applicants for employment, students, parents/guardians, employees and third parties.

On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education issued its final rule amending the Title IX regulations. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 applies to all public and private K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions that receive federal funding. Title IX and the corresponding regulations provide protection for students to access education free from discrimination on the basis of sex, the amended regulations provide additional protections and due process rights with regard to complaints of sexual harassment.

Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of the conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sex harassment. The report may be made in writing or verbally, and a report may be anonymous.


The report may be made at any time in person, by mail, by phone, or by electronic mail to the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services at 630-458-2432 or to any district employee.

Sexual abuse, grooming behaviors, inappropriate employee-student relationships, and other boundary violations harm students, their parents/guardians, the District’s environment, the school community and the community at large, while diminishing a student’s ability to learn. Such conduct and other sexual misconduct are prohibited pursuant to Board Policy 5:120. To increase awareness and understanding of these issues, the District encourages parents/guardians, students and all members of the school community to closely review Board Policy 5:120, Employee Ethics, Conduct, and Conflict of Interest, Board Policy 4:165, Awareness and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Grooming Behaviors, and the information listed below.


Sexual Abuse Response and Prevention Guide


Warning Signs of Child Sexual Abuse

Warning signs[1] of child sexual abuse include, but are not limited to, the following behaviors:


Physical signs:

  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or other genital infections
  • Signs of trauma to the genital area, such as unexplained bleeding, bruising, or blood on the sheets, underwear, or other clothing
  • Unusual weight gain or loss

Behavioral signs:

  • Excessive talk about or knowledge of sexual topics
  • Keeping secrets
  • Not talking as much as usual
  • Not wanting to be left alone with certain people or being afraid to be away from primary caregivers
  • Regressive behaviors or resuming behaviors that the child had grown out of, such as thumb sucking or bedwetting
  • Overly compliant behavior
  • Sexual behavior that is inappropriate for the child’s age
  • Spending an unusual amount of time alone
  • Trying to avoid removing clothing to change or bathe

Emotional signs:

  • Change in eating habits or unhealthy eating patterns, like loss of appetite or excessive eating
  • Signs of depression, such as persistent sadness, lack of energy, changes in sleep or appetite, withdrawing from normal activities, or feeling “down”
  • Change in mood or personality, such as increased aggression
  • Decrease in confidence or self-image
  • Anxiety, excessive worry, or fearfulness
  • Increase in unexplained health problems such as stomach aches and headaches
  • Loss or decrease in interest in school, activities, and friends
  • Nightmares or fear of being alone at night
  • Self-harming behaviors or expressing thoughts of suicide or suicidal behavior
  • Failing grades
  • Drug or alcohol use


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:

  • Sexual or romantic invitations to a student via any form of communication
  • Dating or soliciting a date from a student
  • Engaging in sexualized or romantic dialog with a student through any form of communication
  • Making sexually suggestive comments that are directed toward or with a student
  • Self-disclosure or physical exposure of a sexual, romantic, or erotic nature through any form of communication
  • Sexual, indecent, romantic, or erotic contact with a student
  • Failing to respect boundaries or listening when a student says “no”
  • Engaging in touching that a student or student’s parents/guardians have indicated is unwanted
  • Trying to be a student’s friend rather than filling an adult role in the student’s life
  • Talking with students about personal problems or relationships
  • Expressing unusual interest in a student’s sexual development, such as commenting on sexual characteristics or sexualizing normal behaviors
  • Giving a student gifts without occasion or reason
  • Restricting a student’s access to other adults


Inappropriate Relationships and Other Boundary Violations by Adults & Warning Signs

All District personnel, 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:

  • Favoring a certain student by inviting the student to “hang out” or by granting special privileges
  • Engaging in peer-like behavior with a student
  • Discussing personal issues with a student
  • Spending time alone with a student outside of their role in the student’s life or making up excuses to be alone with a student
  • Failing to maintain age-appropriate relationships with a student
  • Meeting with a student off-campus without parent/guardian knowledge and/or permission
  • Dating, requesting, or participating in a private meeting with a student (in person or virtually) outside of a professional role
  • Transporting a student in a school or private vehicle without administrative authorization
  • Giving gifts, money, or treats to an individual student
  • Sending a student on personal errands
  • Intervening in a serious student problem instead of referring the student to an appropriately trained professional
  • Taking and using photos/videos of students for non-educational purposes
  • Initiating or extending contact with a student beyond the school day in a one-on-one or non-group setting
  • Inviting a student to an employee’s home
  • Adding a student on personal social networking sites as contacts when unrelated to a legitimate educational purpose
  • Privately messaging a student
  • Maintaining intense eye contact with a student
  • Making comments about a student’s physical attributes, including excessively flattering comments
  • Disclosing confidential information
  • Invading personal space


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 Building Principal, a school counselor, or another trusted adult employee of the District. 


To make a report of alleged child sexual abuse or grooming, parents/guardians may also contact:

Local Police Department

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Hotline at 1.800.25.ABUSE (2873)


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:

  • National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673)
  • National Sexual Abuse Chatline at online.rainn.org
  • Child Advocacy Center or Crisis Sexual Assault Center

Parents/guardians and students may also contact the school counselor or school social worker for more information regarding available resources and support services for children affected by sexual abuse.


[1] These warning signs are derived from the National Sexual Abuse Chatline at online.rainn.org.



Title IX Training Materials


All district employees must receive training on Title IX and their reporting obligations upon receiving notice of sexual harassment or an allegation of sexual harassment. Title IX coordinators, investigators, initial decision-makers, and appellate decision-makers also must be trained on response obligations, investigation and decision-making procedures, resolution processes, impartiality, evaluating evidence, and other aspects of the grievance process.


All materials used to train district employees and the individuals serving in Title IX roles must be posted on the district’s website or made available for members of the public to inspect.