Vice Speaker Supports GDOE Policy Banning Sexual Relationships Between Employees and Students

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He encourages the Guam Education Board to support the policy as well.

Guam – Vice Speaker BJ Cruz commended the Guam Department of Education for introducing a policy that would ban sexual or romantic relationships between GDOE employees and students.

Cruz attended the Guam Education Board meeting to encourage board members to adopt the policy immediately. GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez introduced the policy and wanted to follow the steps taken by both the University of Guam and the Guam Community College to strengthen their policies dealing with sexual misconduct, especially in regards to amorous relationships between faculty and students. Fernandez explains that he noticed that there is no clear language that prohibits relationships between GDOE employees and students, especially those who are already of the age of consent. Fernandez says he decided to go ahead and implement the new policy in the standard operating procedures by next school year. During the board meeting last night, Cruz expressed his support for the new policy and advised the board to adopt it immediately.

Cruz says, “I think it’s imperative that all educational institutions institute a zero tolerance policy as it relates to sexual or amorous relationships between employees and students. I don’t care how young the employee is, even it’s a 19-year-old that came in as a substitute teacher. But you cannot, the GDOE cannot allow anyone with a level of authority to be engaging in any kind of sexual relationships with children.”
 
Fernandez explains that he will be informing all GDOE employees and stakeholders about the new policy soon.

2 COMMENTS

  1. It’s understood that there should not be sexual contact between employees of GDOE and the students they’re entrusted to look after. The fact that it has to be a written policy is actually a bit insulting. No policy has to be in place for anyone who has knowledge of an inappropriate relationship between GDOE employees and students. It’s simply the right thing to do.

  2. It’s understood that there should not be sexual contact between employees of GDOE and the students they’re entrusted to look after. The fact that it has to be a written policy is actually a bit insulting. No policy has to be in place for anyone who has knowledge of an inappropriate relationship between GDOE employees and students to report it. It’s simply the right thing to do.

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