Ten Recommendations for Preventing Sexual Harassment in Schools & Athletics Programs

  1. Teachers and athletics personnel should never use sexually explicit language or tell sexually explicit/off color jokes in the presence of students or student-athletes.
  2. Teachers and athletics personnel should never display sexually explicit or pornographic pictures/materials on school property and should never show such materials to students or student-athletes under any circumstances.
  3. Teachers and athletics personnel should avoid engaging in excessively personal conversations, both in person and on the phone, with students or student-athletes.
  4. Teachers and athletics personnel should avoid sending excessively personal letters, cards, e-mails, or gifts to students or student-athletes.
  5. Teachers and athletics personnel should avoid commenting on the physical appearance, including manner of dress and specific physical attributes, of student or student-athletes.
  6. Teachers and athletics personnel should avoid, to the greatest extent possible, physical contact with or touching of students or student-athletes.
  7. Teachers and athletics personnel should avoid giving students or student athletes rides home alone or even in groups where eventually only one student will remain in the car alone with the adult.
  8. Teachers and athletics personnel should avoid off property, one-on-one meetings alone with students or student-athletes, especially in the home of the student or the adult.
  9. Teachers and athletics personnel should never plan or take un-chaperoned overnight school or athletics trips with students or student-athletes and, on properly chaperoned trips, should exercise an even greater degree of caution and propriety regarding interaction with students or student-athletes.
  10. Teachers and athletics personnel should never date students or student athletes under any circumstances: Issues of power differential, consent, and credibility make such relationships untenable with any level of educational institution.

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