The Dublin City School District has revised its anti-harassment policies, effective immediately.
The school board Oct. 9 unanimously approved the policy changes without comment.
The revisions follow a promise Superintendent Todd Hoadley had made at the end of June to review district policies in the wake of federal child-pornography charges against a former social-studies teacher at Dublin Scioto High School.
Gregory Lee, 52, in June was charged with one count of producing child pornography and one count of possession, distribution and receipt of child pornography, according to a news release from the city of Dublin.
Lee pleaded guilty to the charges in September.
In August, a grand jury also indicted Lee on two third-degree felony counts of sexual battery, according to a news release from Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien’s office.
The board-approved revisions regarding the anti-harassment policies for staff and students were made to bring clarity regarding the staff’s responsibility to report misconduct and to what constitutes harassment, Hoadley said after the meeting.
Board President Lynn May also said the district tried to make the policy language as strong as possible.
“We have to have safety in place for our students in order to educate them,” she said.
District employees, officers and board representatives who don’t report child abuse or neglect, including sexual conduct or sexual relationships between students and adults, would face disciplinary action up to and including termination.
Revisions now define sexual harassment as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature and add policy language that describes the types of conduct that could constitute student harassment, such as “activities including but not limited to unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; touching of a sexual nature; making sexual comments, jokes or gestures; writing graffiti or displaying or distributing sexually explicit drawings, pictures or written materials; calling students sexually charged names; spreading sexual rumors; rating students on sexual activity or performance; circulating, showing or creating emails or websites of sexual nature; and other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.”
The district defines sexual violence as activities that include but are not limited to “rape, sexual assault, sexual imposition, sexual battery, sexual abuse and sexual coercion.”
In addition to reviewing its anti-harassment policy, the district also has reviewed personnel records, Hoadley said. The district brought in outside legal counsel to review paper and electronic personnel files of all employees.
Although most employees’ files reflected positive behavior, “we have some people that on occasion have made some poor decisions,” Hoadley said.
Those decisions reflect boundary issues, he said, such as an employee who had engaged in a water fight with students in a bathroom.
In each case, the human-resources director, building principal and employee sat down and discussed the issue, Hoadley said.
“We want everybody on the same page,” he said.
None of the files, Hoadley said, had misconduct comparable to what had been recorded in Lee’s personnel file. ThisWeek highlighted reports in Lee's personnel file in June.
“We don’t have anybody that looks like that at all,” he said.